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Okay, Folks! Contest is CLOSED! Winner is being notified as we speak
Let me tell you what I did last weekend:
I ate. And I was a happy, happy gal.
Back in the day, if I’d ‘a told ya’ that the weekend’s main activity was
drinking eating, I’d probably have meant Wheel Pizza, Pad Thai, Fruity Pebbles with almond milk, a jar of Soy Nut Butter, and a case of Diet Coke (washed down with a pack of Smokey Treats).
See, I’ve been to the abyss. I’m a better Cave Girl for it.
But I’m different now. I like drinking water and being nice to my lungs and eating stuff that’s actually food. I like the simplicity of repetitive dishes and the comfortable, familiar aromas of things I know how to create myself:
hockey pucks hamburgers, bacon, and oxidative damage.
All right, so I’m not the most attentive or committed cook. But something came along this week that inspired me to shut-in and cook away…And eat the crap out of some delicious, nutritious, Paleo-friendly food. So that’s what I did.
I finally got my hands on a copy of Melissa Joulwan’s new cookbook, Well Fed, and it’s something special. Melissa, the all-around badass behind The Clothes Make The Girl, has created one severely awesome cookbook. (Not kidding about the “badass” thing. Two words: Roller. Derby.)
This cookbook is rich in aromatic, flavor-dense ethnic foods, which I’m really drawn to – I spent the better part of a decade making nothing but tuna fish and oatmeal (augmented with fake foods like miracle whip, skim milk and margarine), so ethnic flavors remind my palate that it’s ALIVE. It’s a beautiful thing.
Another plus: for every PDF sold (buy the PDF OR the softcover HERE; or see a free 30-page sampler HERE), a dollar will be donated to Common Threads, an organization dedicated to teaching low-income kids how to cook.
My first night with Well Fed did not disappoint: I made the very rich Cinnamon Beef Stew and the slightly sweet Cauliflower Rice Pilaf.
The following morning I made a day’s worth of Melissa’s Jicama Home Fries (delicious with Bill & Hayley’s “Eggplant Hole in the Head” from The Food Lovers Make it Paleo).
All were phenomenal, filling, and emotionally satisfying (unlike Wheel Pizza).
One thing I truly loved about Well Fed was the gentle nudging to be creative with the “You Know How You Could Do That?” sections. Cooking is supposed to be an intimate experience (or so I’m told) where the each recipe is imbued with the cook’s own inspirations – the result being something unique and perfect for that meal in that moment. It’s this spirit of “Go ahead – try that” which puts me in absolute awe of people like Melissa, my friend Kristen M., and The Food Lovers. They know how to make lurve to their food without getting arrested or sent to therapy. It’s a true feat.
And it’s something I’m working on. I was brave enough to make a few tweaks – I used ghee instead of coconut oil (Pure Indian Foods Ghee is my #1 source of Vitamin K2, a nutrient well-worth the dairy inclusion); and I used smoked paprika in place of regular. Not exactly trailblazing, but it was outside-the-box for me. Gold star, right?
So – on to the good stuff: Melissa has generously agreed to do a GIVEAWAY of the 175-page Well-Fed E-book! The winner will be announced on the Cave Girl Eats facebook page on Thursday, so be sure to “like” my page so you won’t miss the announcement!
Here’s how you win:
If you haven’t already, “like” The Clothes Make The Girl on Facebook by clicking HERE.
THEN, download the 30-page sampler of Well Fed by clicking HERE.
LAST, leave a comment on THIS POST or on the Cave Girl Eats facebook page telling me
which recipe from the 30-page sampler you’re most excited to make!
That’s it. I’ll pick a winner at random on Thursday. Good luck!