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  1. Buttery Olive Oil

    I found this place in Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. They also ship and I love all their products. Their butter-flavored Olive Oil is delicious, as well as their many infused varieties. I'm also very fond of their balsamics. I called and asked-- there's no added sugar in any of their flavors (though it's actual maple syrup and honey in those flavors, so I suppose that's out if you're on your Whole 30). All their fruit-infused vinegars are fantastic, though. I especially love the cinnamon pear, the fig, and the espresso.
  2. Hey guys, I'm really fond of Steve's Original Paleo Stix, however, I just found out on their website that they recommend consuming everything in the package within 24 hours. Do you think the meat goes bad after this period? If I don't finish all four pieces, should I refrigerate what's left? Thanks, Jo
  3. simple baked chicken breast recipe?

    For chicken breasts, I just stick them in a bag with olive oil and a good balsamic vinegar for a few hours (or the whole day-- before I leave in the morning, and I bake them when I come home at night). After I take them out of the marinade, I cover the breasts in my seasoning of choice. Italian herb blends are good. I also really like a cumin/cinnamon combination. Smoked paprika works really well as well. You could also try spice/seasoning blends. For three chicken breasts, I bake at 325 for maybe half an hour. I recommend getting a cheap meat thermometer; it's been a lifesaver for me. I'm not much of a cook, but owning a thermometer takes all the guesswork out of when to stop cooking the meat .
  4. Hey all, My mother's the chief of clinical nutrition at the hospital where she works, and for most of my life she's been my guiding resource on nutrition until I found paleo and our principles diverged rather drastically. She's been taught most of the more traditional dietary school of thought and thus balks at a lot of paleo's ideas. Recently, one of her co-workers sang the praises of Forks Over Knives to her, and my mom's also been diagnosed with high cholesterol and now she's convinced that she needs to avoid meat. I sent her to to the Raw Food SOS review of Forks Over Knives, which I'm told does a fairly solid job of analyzing the science (I haven't had time to read it over yet). Does anyone have any other recommendations for good, scientifically-justified resources? Thanks!
  5. Duck fat - when should I use it?

    Hrm, has anyone tried this one from Amazon?
  6. What did everyone have for lunch?

    Ha! My lunch today (and many days) was: spaghetti squash, kale, turkey burger, avocado... There were also nuts and jerky involved, just to wash it all down...
  7. Jerky

    I saw another thread with a similar topic, but I didn't want to hijack that one as it inquired about British sources and I am in the US. For the other Americans on here, I was wondering-- what's the most affordable online source of paleo jerky?
  8. Lunch ideas that aren't leftovers

    I actually love leftovers, but I sympathize with the lack of a microwave problem. I eat all my lunches cold because I work in a crowded graduate student office and I'm a little self-conscious about making the entire office smell my lunch for the next two hours if I use the microwave. But, if the idea of cold leftovers turns you off too, have you considered just getting more creative with your salads? Tuna mashed with avocado makes a good, quick, tuna salad. You can vary your protein to flank steak, shrimp, smoked salmon... try different dressings and different vegetable bases. Or you could do a sandwich "wrap" in a collard leaf and bring raw vegetables with zucchini hummus or baba ganoush?
  9. Whole30 swaps for cheese?

    Tahini + garlic + lemon juice makes for a nice, rich sauce
  10. BBQ sauce

    Oh no! That may be too tempting even for my frugal butt. What's the shelf life of your sauce?
  11. BBQ sauce

    I do... it's more the $10 shipping that gets me. Grad student salary... I'm trying to make smart choices about where my money goes.
  12. BBQ sauce

    I've been dying to try this brand, but haven't been able to bring myself to fork out the money for it... Most of the recipes I found online had too many ingredients, so I cobbled one together out of desperation and limited resources. The recipe's at the end of my blog post here. It's not perfect, but it'll do in a pinch. You'll have to omit the Worcestershire though.
  13. Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Giveaway

    Yep, I received your entry. Thanks Rhonda, and good luck
  14. Hey guys, I just wanted to let you know that the folks at Tropical Traditions are awesome and letting me host a giveaway for 1 PINT of their coconut oil (I've tried several brands and honestly, this one is the smoothest, most flavorful that I've encountered). All you have to do is subscribe to their newsletter and send me an email telling me you've done so. I'll pick a winner at random before Friday, September 7, 2012. The details are on my blog post here. (To the admins: I apologize if this breaks forum etiquette. I'm not trying to advertise for my blog or a product. I've simply been given a cool opportunity to share an item that I've enjoyed, and I wanted to let the people of this wonderful community know. Moreover, my blog isn't quite as high-traffic as, say Nom Nom Paleo or Caveman Cooking Creations, so the entry pool for this giveaway will probably be smaller than those on other sites )
  15. I've seen the Let's Do Organic brand, but been afraid to buy it because I didn't know if it was the same product. Is it actually coconut butter, or do you need to mix it with water for it to become spreadable?