Paleo Stories – Vivian Cheng from TheRealFoodGuide.com

Paleo Stories vivian cheng therealfoodguide.com

Vivian Cheng is the founder/editor/writer/designer behind The Real Food Guide. You’ve probably seen our review of her fantastic Paleo ice cream recipe book, and you’ve probably also seen (and maybe already tried) her guest recipe – Not my Mama’s Cha Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork). So, we thought you’d like to know a bit more about this amazing woman!

In this post, Vivian shares with us some of her Paleo story, including how she came to Paleo, what she found most challenging about Paleo, and her best tip for maintaining a Paleo lifestyle. And please visit The Real Food Guide for more of Vivian’s fantastic recipes and articles.

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The Key to Making Paleo Chocolate Truffles – with Devin Plaut from Laughing Fox Chocolates

the key to making paleo chocolate truffles with devin plaut

One of my biggest weaknesses is chocolate. This probably started off during childhood…

I lived a few miles away from the Cadbury’s chocolate factory (which some claim is similar to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory), and ended up eating quite a lot of Cadbury’s chocolates. (The original story by Roald Dahl was partially inspired by Cadbury’s.)

But this post is not about me or my chocolates. This post is all about Devin Plaut and his drive to make delicious Paleo chocolate truffles.

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Real Life Paleo Meal Plan: Day 1

paleo meals day 1 chicken broth and chili

People often wonder what Jeremy and I eat on a daily basis, so here it is! We’re going to keep track of what we eat and drink daily here as a sort of photo food diary (I already forgot to photography the sides at dinner, but hopefully I’ll get better about remembering)!!

We slept in today (too tired from so much traveling over the past few weeks). Jeremy slept around 13 hours, and I slept 11 hours! So, it was pretty much lunchtime when we got up.

The slowcooker had been going all night, so we woke up to grass fed beef chili (recipe here), and homemade chicken broth (recipe here).

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How To Prevent Egg Muffins From Sticking to the Pan

how to prevent paleo egg muffins from sticking to the pan

My Experiments

I was at one of Nom Nom Paleo’s book signings recently, and an audience member asked what was the best way of preventing egg muffins from sticking to the muffin pan. Diane Rodgers and Melissa Joulwan were also there, and some interesting answers came up.

nom nom paleo, melissa joulwan, diane rodgers

I had my own thoughts about what would work to prevent sticking, but I went ahead and did some experiments (i.e., I made some egg muffins under various conditions)! And since egg muffins are a fantastic pre-prepared Paleo breakfast/snack, I thought I’d share my findings here so no one has to scrub their muffin pan again.

Below are my 3 best methods for preventing egg muffins from sticking to the muffin pan:

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3 Secret Steps to Becoming a Better Paleo Cook

how to cook paleo

I love cooking. It keeps me healthier, it means that pretty much everything I eat is delicious, and it’s fun.

But this wasn’t always the case. I didn’t always like cooking, and, in fact, it was only a few years ago when my most common cooking experience consisted of throwing some noodles into some water. (Not exactly healthy or delicious.)

That all changed when I decided to get serious about being Paleo. It wasn’t easy at first, especially since I had a busy job. But I’ve learned a lot, and I can now say that learning to cook well is totally worth it, both in terms of health and taste.

Here are my 3 secret steps to becoming a better Paleo cook:

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The 5 Things That Made My Paleo/Gluten-Free Wedding a Success

jeremy and louise hendon

Weddings are Tough!

If you’ve ever planned any large party or event, then you’ll know just how tough it can be.

There are so many moving parts to organize, so many different people to please, and always some last minute glitches! So just imagine when you also have to add in Paleo/Gluten-Free/Dietary Restrictions into the mix!

From the start, Jeremy and I were worried about the food at our wedding, and we found a caterer months before we did anything else (I wrote about our wedding menu just before the wedding in this post)!

Our caterer (Joshua Charles) was fantastic, but all sorts of other food and drink issues come up nearer the time (should we serve a cake, what about desserts, what oils should the food be cooked in, was there enough variety for everyone, what party favors would our guests like, what alcohols should we serve, should we serve soda???). And this was outside of the technical issues we encountered with our RSVP website (we wanted to go high tech) or our uncertainty as to whether the taxi service would be able to drop people at the location or our last minute decision to install a dance floor into the courtyard (and yes, the police did stop by for a friendly chat with me about the noise!).

It would have been easy just to give up on my diet for one day, but this was the biggest opportunity I had for demonstrating to my closest family and friends just how fantastic Paleo food is and can make them feel! And it turned out to be not difficult at all because we paid attention to the five areas below.

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PaleoFX 2013 Roundup

paleofx roundup

This post could actually be titled “BEST BRISKET IN AUSTIN”…but I thought I would save that for next year when I’ll hopefully get to drive down to Lockhart again (the brisket center of the world)!

This weekend (Thursday through Saturday) was PaleoFX in Austin, TX – a gathering of cool Paleo peeps from all walks of life and some from abroad too (I met lots of Canadians and Brits). It was also a weekend filled with lots of fun, eating, drinking, and occasional Paleo-cheats (like 2 Mac Attacks from Paleo Treats, a few scoops of Lick coconut ice-cream, and a delicious frozen banana from Bananarchy - more on these later!).

In between the bouts of eating, there were informative talks on the cutting-edge science behind Paleo, fitness training sessions by some of the best trainers around, cooking demos from fabulous Paleo bloggers and chefs, and of course lots of hugs and handshakes from old and new friends.

So who did I get to listen to, who did I get to meet, and most importantly, WHAT DID I GET TO EAT?
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The Definitive Guide to Recipes and Copyright

The Definitive Guide to Copyright

Are you scared that someone will steal your recipes (or perhaps someone already has)?

Or are you scared that you might break the law when you post a recipe you read somewhere else?

There’s a lot of confusion out on the web about what you can take from someone’s recipe and what you can’t take, so here is a definitive guide to finally put this sizzling issue to bed! (The caveat, of course, is that the law constantly changes, so it will never actually be put to bed completely.)

This is the first of several articles that will address different aspects of protecting recipes, blog posts, and culinary discoveries. This particular article addresses whether or not there is actually copyright law protection for recipes (we look at the actual law not just speculations), as well as concrete steps you can take to enforce the rights you do have!

First- surprise, surprise – here’s my legal disclaimer: nothing in this article (or at ) is legal advice, and you should consult your lawyer for any legal advice! (And, also, this is from the perspective of US copyright law.)

This is a length article, so here’s what in store for you (click to jump to that section):

  • What is Copyright Law?
  • A Brief History of Recipes and Copyright
  • Are Recipes Protected by Copyright Law?
  • So When is a Recipe Protected By Copyright Law?
  • So Should You Copy Everyone’s Recipes and Pretend They’re Your Own? It’s Legal, Right?
  • So What Does This Really Mean for Cooks and Bloggers?
  • But Ethically, How Should You Use Other People’s Recipes?
  • How To Figure Out if Someone Copied Your Recipe
  • What Can You Do if Someone Steals Your Photo or Recipe?
  • Do You Need a Copyright Symbol on Your Website?
  • What if You Want People to Copy Your Work?
  • Should Copyright Law Protect Recipes?
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