Follow Friday

There are so many bloggers out there, or so Ang and I are finding out!  I have been following this blogger for quite awhile now.  When my husband and I started out on our paleo quest a few years ago we found her wonderful cookbook that has the VERY BEST paleo chocolate chip cookies I have ever had.  I’ve been a follower ever since.  She has a crazy story about her health and how finding the right foods healed her body.  She gave me hope that as a food allergy sufferer I could eat things that tasted amazing and were in my “healthy zone”.  My husband and I followed her posts as she sadly lost a baby last year as well.  She’s an amazing woman who continues to be an inspiration in so many ways.   She came out with another book last year and I use it just as much as the first.  Go check her out and be inspired to eat and and cook healthier for you and your family.  Thanks Danielle Walker, keep on doing what you do! You can also find her on Instagram ! @againstallgrain

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My Favorite New Kitchen Item

I have something new that I am totally in love with.  I didn’t even know how much my cooking life was missing out on until now.  How have I been cooking all these years without it?  Introducing the new love of my kitchen. But shhh, I don’t want my coffee maker to hear, get jealous and quit working.  Just like on bike rides, when Amy and I talk about getting a dreamy new bike, we do it quietly in fear of them retaliating !

Here she is …. The lovely, the beautiful, the shiny (insert Vanna White hands here)….Le Creuset stovetop grill!

Do you see how pretty she is?  I love how the color goes from orange to red, which gets even darker when it heats up.  Maybe you can tell I am a bit obsessed because of all the photos of her glossy coat?  But she is not all beauty , she is a hard worker too.  I crank her up to medium and let her heat up at least 4-5 minutes.  I test it by flicking water droplets on it to make sure she’s ready to work her magic. Chicken and steak have been our favorites, salmon pulls a close second.

imageThis was so easy,  I just put a little olive oil on the chicken and seasoned with a little of my favorite seasonings.  In this case it was some Saudi Kasaba Masala, a curry blend from a trip to Dubai. But DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT add oil to your pan.  This little cast iron, 9.2 pound beauty is already to go without your help!  Doesn’t she do a great job at making pretty little grill marks?  Now can you see why I love her so?  That chicken was so tasty that it’s become a staple at our house.  When I’m in a hurry, I slice the breasts horizontally, to make them cook quicker.

I got my pretty little gem at Williams-Sonoma.  Go check them out they have 5 colors and two sizes.  I promise you, they won’t disappoint!

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This is a pic of my little collection, all are in the color FLAME.  But the color choices are so beautiful!  I’m thinking of stepping out of the box and starting a new color with my next piece.

Do you see that cute little book in the background?  That’s my favorite new cookbook and author , Danielle Walker.  She has an amazing story and fabulous recipes.  I use her cookbooks more than any other.  Check back soon for a quick little blog about her!

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