HOPPIN’ JOHN

My grandpa was a great cook. In fact a few of my recipes are inspired by his dishes he created.  One thing though, that doesn’t ever stray is his Hoppin’ John recipe.  We only make it once a year, for the New Year obviously lol. It is sooo good and one of the meals I always look forward to making for my family.  And even though it has beans, which we usually don’t eat, it is one of our family traditions and traditions trump!!

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TENDERLOIN WITH POMEGRANATE SAUCE

You know what should be under everyone’s tree this year…..this pork tenderloin with pomegranate sauce. Okay, okay, that may be a little weird; “here’s a big piece of meat mom! Merry Christmas!”  So perhaps you should just make it for Christmas dinner. You probably even have most of what this recipe calls for already at your house. If you don’t have any pork (or maybe you don’t eat pork) this is great on chicken and even salmon!

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DAS GUMBOTATOR

About a month ago I made this gumbo-esque slash German potato Salad. It turned out to be a delightful fusion of two very different styles. I couldn’t think of a name for the recipe, so I turned to Instagram and asked people to name the recipe for me. There were some awesome ones from the simple “German Gumbo” or the “Germbo” to the classy “Creole Patate Salat” and then to the funny “sausage fest” and “OktoberGras”.  It was super hard to choose, as everyone’s suggestions were so great, but I finally decided on “DAS GUMBOTATOR”

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MASHED GARLIC AND THYME PARSNIPS

Poor little parsnips. I feel like they get the shaft when it comes to using them in recipes.
I’ve used them in stew before and we all loved it, so I figured why not try it as a mash. The consistency was a dead ringer to regular mashed potatoes!
Parsnips taste like a mix between carrot, parsley, and potato. The smaller ones are more sweet and tender.

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GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE

I need to come clean about something….I don’t like green beans. Never have. However, after making this for whole30 instagram I have changed my mind. Probably cause there is bacon in it. You know what else is great about this….its so damn delicious, if you made this for your family come Thanksgiving or Christmas, they would never know that it’s whole30 approved!

If you want to take it up a notch or two, I highly suggest crumbling pork skin (yah thats right, these bad boys are pure clouds of heaven) over the top. It will take the place of bread crumbs forever and ever. Amen!

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WARM BRUSSEL AND PERSIMMON SALAD

We have been super into brussel sprouts this year and my go to brussel sprout recipes usually have bacon in it, because, BACON!! I wanted to do something a little different this time, especially for people who are looking for a meatless dish and this mixture just kind of landed in my lap. I had a bunch of fuyu persimmons from a friend and I really wanted to use them in a dish.
You seriously will want to face plant into these brussel sprouts. It’s that good. Remember to get fuyu persimmons. The pointed bottom persimmons will taste like caca in this dish. #nolie

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HERB ROASTED TURKEY

Thanksgiving is right around the corner which means my face will soon be planted into a dish of goodness!
I’ve seen and done probably every method there is; deep fry, roasting, BBQ…(I’m actually not sure if there is any other way other than those 3!!) Anyway, this year I had the privilege to guest blog over on whole30’s instagram, which meant I HAD to come up with the perfect turkey. Guys! I did and you will never, ever make your turkey any differently after this.

 

 

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PALEO SHORTBREAD COOKIES WITH CLEMENTINE SLICES

  Christmas is just around the corner and I’ve been in the kitchen baking scrumptious treats for our family and friends.
  Usually, we buy from our local confectionary, but holy moly, that can get so expensive….so we decided to go the homemade gift approach.
  Yesterday, I practiced my panettone skills and they turned out pretty scrumptious. A bit dense, but non the less delicious. All it needs is an orange glaze!

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  Today I tried shortbread cookies with clementine slices. They are paleo and they pretty much rocked our world.

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PALEO SHORTBREAD COOKIES WITH CLEMENTINE SLICES
**side note: since this was just practice, I made half the amount of dough. This only made 5 cookies. Keep in mind, you have to place slices on top, so the cookie is quite big.

– 1 Clementine, sliced very thinly.
– 2 Cups almond flour
– 1/4 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
– 4 tbl ghee or clarified butter
– 4 tbl pure maple sugar
– clementine zest
– 1 tsp salt
– OPTIONAL: sprinkle of raw sugar over top. This will make it not paleo, but if you aren’t crazy strict about paleo totally add it! It helps candy the clementine.

– Mix all ingredients together with mixer. Dough will be crumbly and a bit sticky.
– Place in plastic wrap and put in fridge for at least an hour or more.
– Preheat oven to 325°
– Slice Clementine’s very thinly. Keep the skin on as it will “candy” as it cooks. Place clementine slice on top of cookie. I made a groove inside making sure the slice was in the cookie.
– Bake for 16-20 min checking to make sure the cookie is not getting to brown.
– Cool for 10 min and enjoy.

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P.s. We ate them all about 2 min after I took the above picture.

Also, these are a crumbly cookie!

Whole30: no
Paleo: yes