Xandra

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Xandra last won the day on November 7 2013

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    Cooking with ghee butter...?

    If you have a chance to make Melissa Joulwan’s Better Butter, I highly recommend it. It’s ghee infused with garlic, ginger, and other flavors. The recipe is in her book “Well Fed 2” and may also be online through blog sites. I use it more like a condiment than a cooking fat, and it’s great on sweet potatoes.
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    Failed Mayo 101

    The key is to get the emulsion started with only a little bit of oil. An immersion blender in a narrow jar works because not all the oil is mixing up with the egg at once. Too much oil in the blending process at the beginning leaves you with sauce, not mayo. If you are using a regular mixer, then start with only a very small amount of oil, and drizzle the rest of it in after you see the emulsion form (should look like pudding).
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    Baking bacon

    Discovered my new favorite way to prepare bacon, by baking the entire package at once! Keeps my stovetop free and then I have bacon cooked for the week. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed (important, to contain the grease) large baking sheet with foil. Lay bacon slices on sheet. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, and check for desired crispness. Some people like to put the bacon slices on a cooling rack set on the baking sheet, to keep the bacon out of the grease while it cooks.
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    The crazy things people say

    I am having this exact same experience with my mother, who having tried vegetarian diets before and failed, is now on a vegan diet "to reverse heart disease". She's explaining this to me while eating a bowl of mussels in broth, drinking a glass of wine, and then offering me some vegan cookies, because "they're healthy". Um no thanks, but good luck with the new diet, my timer is set….
  5. ... you feel sad that the grocery clerk doesn't know what a Japanese yam is, when Well Fed 2 needs them to make baked fries!
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    Brand of mayonnaise ???

    So do we have another homemade mayo convert? I'm no great chef, but mayo is one item I will never buy in a store again. In particular, I found the flavor mix I like, which is 2 Tbsp lime juice and a splash of apple cider vinegar, along with the ground mustard and salt found in the Well Fed recipe.
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    Chipotle?

    When I order the carnitas salad, I ask them to put lettuce first, then guac, and then everything else on top, so the guac doesn't stick to the lid.
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    The crazy things people say

    Really, it should be the other way around: "Other than real food, what kinds of processed, artificial, homogenized, hydrogenated, chemical-laden, or hormonally imbalanced imitation food products do you consume?* *Please attach another sheet if necessary."
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    Almond Flour

    I don't think you're going to get anyone to say paleofied pancakes are W30. But I can recommend the Egg Foo Yung from Well-Fed as a possible alternative for your workouts: http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2010/08/08/paleo-egg-foo-yung/
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    Whole30 and Five Guys

    Five Guys doesn't say their meat is organic or grass-fed, so I would assume it isn't. I like that they prepare it cleanly, and I might eat there occasionally, but not on a regular basis.
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    The crazy things people say

    "Your paleo thing." That's classic! You could write a blog called My Paleo Thing.
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    Can I have Marijuana

    It's unregulated. I don't think it promotes good health. I wouldn't use it or recommend it.
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    Calories - do I really not count them???

    You don't count calories, grams of fat or carbs, or anything else they print on the nutritional labels. You read the list of ingredients to rule it in or rule it out, and that is all. My 8-year old can do this, because if he hits an ingredient he can't pronounce, it's generally ruled out.
  14. - every Google search you do for any recipe begins with the word "Paleo" - you educate the staff at Whole Foods about what coconut aminos are, and what brand of fish sauce contains no sugar - you start asking butchers whether the organic chickens are air dried - you order beef jerky via mail order instead of buying one of the 28 varieties sold at any gas station ETA: - when "The clothes make the girl" is more than a slogan, it's a lifestyle