Sweet and Sour Pork

You’ll Never Believe it’s Paleo – Sweet and Sour Pork

“You’ll never believe it’s paleo sweet and sour pork” began when I was reading Fuschia Dunlop’s book Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-and-Sour Memoir of Eating in China, and she mentioned Cantonese cooking. It reminded me of Mediterranean cooking in that the ingredients are the star and do not feature complicated sauces or culinary […]

Thai Green Curry Shrimp Burger

Shrimp Burgers Two Ways

A beef burger without a bun is somewhat lacking. It tastes great, but it seems like the fun is missing. So I decided to experiment with other burger flavors and since they’re not traditional, the missing bun isn’t missed. In fact, a bun would mute the flavors. I’ve made chicken and sausage gumbo burgers, and […]

Cherries, Berries and Stars

Small Plates for Supper

  When we go to a restaurant, we’d rather eat things we either don’t or can’t easily make at home. Why pay outrageous money for an okay steak and so-so salad when we can do much better ourselves? We go to Hawks for crawfish in Rayne and have sushi every couple of months at various […]

Roast Beef

Shhhh … Listen! Do You Hear the Sound of Sous Vide?

No. You can’t hear the sound of sous vide because it’s silent. And powerful. And will transform the way you cook … especially proteins. Never again will you worry about what temperature is right for chicken, beef, pork or seafood. There’s no carry over cooking, so the temperature you prefer for your steak, for example, […]

Paleo Grilled Tuna

Grilled Tuna and Thai Coleslaw

I’ve long been a fan of America’s Test Kitchen, and related magazines and sites. Before science and food prep combined to help us understand why certain techniques worked and why some recipes failed, ATK was churning through scores of tests ensuring that soufflés would rise, chickens would would roast to golden perfection and vegetables would […]

Creole Shakshuka

Creole Shakshuka

It’s pretty hot in south Louisiana and sometimes a salad for supper doesn’t cut it. But I wanted something fresh and lively. I don’t do breakfast except for coffee. Occasionally I’ll have what amounts to brunch on the weekends, but I love eggs and thought of this dish for dinner. Tunisian in origin, shakshuka is […]

Paleo Blackberry Ice Cream

Blackberry Ice Cream

Harris’s garden is bursting with early summer fruits and vegetables. It’s so amazing to wander around the yard and into the greenhouse and “make groceries” as they say around here. I found tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and Harris froze quarts of blackberries, dewberries and other berries that I used for this week’s menu. The ice cream […]

Steak Diane with Mashed Peas and Braised Carrots

Steak Diane

It’s been a wild, crazy six weeks. On April Fool’s Day, Harris woke up needing to go to the hospital. He was in the middle of a heart attack. That’s what 30+ years of smoking will do. What could have been a terrifying experience, turned out to be surreal in the extreme. An hour and […]

Gulf Coast Cioppino

Gulf Coast Cioppino

I’ve been fortunate to give paleo demos at our local Whole Foods Market in Lafayette a few times over the last couple of months. And today’s recipe is the next one I’ll be demonstrating. This time around we’re having it in the wine bar, so attendees will be able to enjoy a lovely beverage while I […]

Eggs Sardou

New Orleans Eggs Sardou Gone Paleo

In The Big Easy brunch is not just a weekend thing. Countless restaurants serve brunch favorites every day. New Orleans Eggs Sardou are a popular mainstay on menus, and it’s great. Invented at Antoine’s in honor of Victorien Sardou, a French playwright who wrote several plays for Sarah Bernhardt and visited New Orleans, Eggs Sardou […]

BBQ Chicken with Sugar Snap Peas and Quick Roasted Beets

Quick and Easy Barbecue Chicken

When winter comes around, I like to be reminded that spring is not far away, and then summer will be here. Sitting on the deck enjoying the rich, green forest all around us, Harris firing up the grill to cook something wonderful to eat, it makes me want to bring some of that feeling to […]

Lemon Butter Steak and Mashed Faux-tatoes

Lemon Butter Steak and Mashed Faux-tatoes

Last week Harris was teaching in Houston. Because it’s a location he can drive to, I often go along for the ride. It used to be that these trips were an every-five-weeks occurrence, but lately Harris’s trips have been an airplane’s ride or two away: Bogota, Edmonton, San Antonio. Most people would look forward to […]

Astoria, NY

Vacation in Astoria

This post doesn’t feature a recipe, but there’s a lot of food talk and recommendations. I visited my darling daughter Allison and her charming fiancé Michael on vacation in Astoria, New York last week. Among the busy and exciting visits to legendary shops and attractions, we nourished ourselves with many amazing foods. I wanted a […]

Paleo Apple Crisp

Paleo Football Food

Did I get you with the apple crisp? It’s just as delicious as it looks. Think it might be just the thing for Thanksgiving. And the next get together at the Quebs (my in-laws). The ultimate compliment (I think?) was Harris’s comment, “This isn’t paleo, is it?” Why, yes. Yes, it is! Too good to […]

Paleo Singapore Noodles

Paleo Singapore Noodles

Last week we were visiting family on Cape Cod and enjoyed all manner of delicious local seafood and summer vegetables. My Mom’s tomatoes were stellar and her lobster corn chowder to die for! By the end of week, I thought it would be fun after a day trip to leave the cooking to a neighborhood […]

Shrimp and Okra Gumbo

Shrimp and Okra Gumbo

  Okra is delicious and doesn’t have to be slimy! We had a whole summer of okra abundance, cooking it up at least twice a week in different guises. Harris always plants okra, but until we got married, I never cooked or ate much of this vegetable. Like most okra-shy people, even the idea of slime […]

Salade Niçoise

Salade Niçoise

Once on a 10-day trip to France, I became enamored of Salade Niçoise. Nearly every day for lunch as we toured the wine regions, I would find this delectable entrée in nearly every auberge or bistro we visited. There’s something about the combination of tuna and potatoes, vegetables, egg and and anchovy that I love. […]

Paleo Chili Dog

Paleo Chili Dogs

Sometimes Harris wants “fun” food: the stuff from the bad old days of processed edibles with ingredient lists only a chem major can understand. Chili dogs fall into that category. I’m not a hard liner when it comes to his choices. As he’s been known to remark to control-freaky friends in the midst of a […]

Chicken Sauce Piquant

Chicken Sauce Piquant

Ask a Southern cook how to prepare a legendary dish like gumbo or shrimp and grits, and you will get as many answers as there are cooks. Each will explain why certain ingredients or methods are necessary or why it isn’t authentic if they are. Normally chicken sauce piquant is a long-simmered dish with lots of sauce […]

Creamy Chicken Salad - Hold the Mayo

Creamy Chicken Salad — Hold the Mayo!

When it’s hot outside, reaching into the fridge for a chilled salad is about as good as it gets for summertime eating. And this salad is make-ahead friendly with lots of interesting flavors and textures: tender chicken, crisp celery and apples, crunchy almonds, sweet/tart cranberries and a creamy, no-mayo dressing bright with curry, lime, honey and a kick […]

Srriracha Honey Stpareribs

Honey Sriracha Spareribs and Sneaky Coleslaw

My Saturday morning routine includes visits to two great Lafayette farmers markets. First I go to the Oil Center to the Lafayette Hub City Market for milk and cream from Hill Crest Creamery, and vegetables, eggs, beef, and chicken from the Market Basket,  Gotreaux Family Farms, and Brookshire Farm. I can buy many of my weekly staples here. It’s […]

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