Beef Liver and Onion Meatballs

The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate – Let me start this post by saying, I hate the taste of liver! I desperately hope that changes one day, but as of now it totally gives me the icks. The first time I tried liver was an attempt at our first chicken liver pate. I heard Diane raving about it so much that I figured we would give it a shot. It was a total fail. Bill even tried the “lets wrap it in bacon” trick. Unfortunately that trick just made the bacon taste badly, if you can even believe that bacon could ever taste badly. After dumping a p… Read more

Bulletproof Coffee

The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate – Coffee. It seems that most of us have a love/hate relationship with that little ‘cup of joe’ in the morning. Many of us give it up several times over only to have it return into the daily routine not too long after. Caffeine is addictive, and I know for some people the idea of giving up coffee is just as intimidating as giving up sugar or even grains.Bill and I fortunately don’t have this sort of attachment to coffee. We really enjoy the flavor, and usually purchase swiss water processed decaffeinated … Read more

Paleo Pals Book Review

The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate – Bill and I do not have kids (yet). We are not married (yet). We are planning for these things in the near future, well marriage, maybe not so near future for kids… When we finally have a little curly haired, Paleo “nugget” (as Bill likes to call small children) running around the house, he or she will definitely be begging us for bacon, and not goldfish. We are looking forward to raising a little Paleo baby one day, but for now we like our time alone.I personally have a lot of experience with kids. I am a… Read more

Pan Seared Lamb Chops with Rosemary and Garlic

The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate – A few months ago we receive a package of lamb from Lava Lake Lamb. We received a package of lamb sausages, a bone in leg of lamb, and a rack of lamb. Lamb is one of our favorite choices of meat. We have gotten lamb arm chops from US Wellness Meats twice, and we have purchased an entire lamb (butchered) from our friend’s farm, Pellegrino Pastures TWICE this year. Uh, yeah, you heard that right, we have gone through two entire lambs in the course of eight months. Don’t worry, we shared… plus a lamb really i… Read more

Lemon Lamb Meatballs with Garlic and Thyme

The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate – As many of you many know, our good friend Diane Sanfilippo has been staying with us for the last week and a half while she finishes up the recipe portion of her forthcoming book. Diane is quite the cook, so needless to say we haven’t been doing much cooking around here lately. Unfortunately, a lack of cooking also means a lack of blogging. When Diane is here with us, we are more than happy to step away from Primal Palate, and be a part of the expanded Balanced Bites team. At times it can be a little odd to … Read more

Skirt Steak with Sauteed Lemon Mushrooms

The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate – Skirt steak is on of the most amazing cuts of steak, in our humble opinion. Every time we place an order with US Wellness Meats we absolutely have to order a skirt steak, because theirs are always mouth watering! We drool over every cut of meat we receive from US Wellness, but skirt steak is definitely one of our top picks.Skirt steak is one of those cuts of beef where it almost seems like a crime to do anything to it beyond a sprinkle of salt and a quick flip on the grill, so for this recipe we did just th… Read more

Almond Flour Pancakes

The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate – We don’t often make grain-free pancakes. They are a nice treat every once in a while, but we usually keep our nut flours for treats, and keep good meat, eggs, and vegetables to our real meals. Nut flours in our opinion are for a splurge, a party, gathering with friends, holidays… all times when desserts are appropriate, essentially. We don’t make pancakes, waffles, or things “breaded” in a nut flour when we are cooking real meals. We also try to use coconut flour more often than almond flour because neith… Read more

Are Potatoes Paleo?

The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate – For a few months now, I’ve been eating white potatoes in my personal interpretation of Paleo with great personal success. I ditched grains back in mid-2010, and pretty much conducted the Paleo/Primal lifestyle ‘by the book’ – largely avoiding potatoes up until November 2011. (For what it’s worth, I’ve heard that Cordain didn’t include potatoes in the original Paleo Diet due to concerns with glycoalkaloids – read on for more on what those are and what that means to those who choose to eat potatoes.) How… Read more

Carrot Souffle, Revisited

The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate – Carrot souffle is one of my all time favorite side dishes. We made this grain free for the first time last Thanksgiving, and the recipe was so wonderful that we had to put it in Make it Paleo. My dads mom, my Grandma Jo (another cooking inspiration of mine) is the one who always made this fantastic dish. I was able to get the recipe from her a few years ago, and once I went grain free I knew I had to attempt to make this dish with some healthier substitutions.The original recipe called for white flour and s… Read more

Spicy Cinnamon Lamb Steaks

The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate – Hey folks – it’s Bill here filling in for Hayley’s usual blogging duties. We’re on day 18 of the 21 Day Sugar Detox and the “end” is in sight. Hayley and I, truth be told, have all but lost our desire to reintroduce sugar back into our diet. Today, while at the grocery store, Hayley wistfully paused in front of the artisan dark chocolate and pointed out a 90% bar. “Do you want some?” she asked. I said “of course I do, but we don’t need it.” She acknowledged that I was right, and I think we both proudly walk… Read more