TODAY IS THE DAY!!!!! Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine Launches Today and an exciting COSTCO announcement!!!

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Today is officially the release day of Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine and I couldn’t be more excited!!!  If you already have a copy, please help me out by heading over to Amazon to leave a quick review; I would appreciate your help tremendously. Also, if you could Tweet, Facebook, and Instagram pics of you with your book, just the book, or a picture of your favorite recipe in the book to help me spread the word that would be BEYOND AWESOME!!!!

In other extremely exciting news, select Costco stores are now carrying Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine and the books should be out on the floor today so head on over to your local Costco and grab your copy!!! Here’s a list of which stores are carrying the book by state (not in alphabetical order so please don’t freak out)!! Thank you all SO MUCH and please let me know what you think about the book!!!! Enjoy!!!!

11 NEWBURY STREET DANVERS MA
1718 BOSTON POST ROAD MILFORD CT
3600 EAST MAIN STREET WATERBURY CT
200 FEDERAL ROAD BROOKFIELD CT
779 CONNECTICUT AVENUE NORWALK CT
156 STATE ROUTE 10 WEST EAST HANOVER NJ
1250 OLD COUNTRY ROAD WESTBURY NY
1050 CRANBERRY SQUARE DRIVE CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP PA
5125 JONESTOWN ROAD SUITE 221 HARRISBURG PA
1875 HEMPSTEAD ROAD LANCASTER PA
201 ALLENDALE ROAD KING OF PRUSSIA PA
21398 PRICE PLAZA STERLING VA
1300 EDWARDS FERRY ROAD LEESBURG VA
880 RUSSELL AVENUE GAITHERSBURG MD
6675 MARIE CURIE DRIVE COLUMBIA MD
4725 WEST OX ROAD FAIRFAX VA
2700 POTOMAC MILLS CIRCLE #200 WOODBRIDGE VA
850 GLENROCK NORFOLK VA
12121 JEFFERSON AVENUE NEWPORT NEWS VA
1085 HANES MALL BLVD WINSTON SALEM NC
4201 WEST WENDOVER AVENUE GREENSBORO NC
2838 WAKE FOREST ROAD RALEIGH NC
500 TYVOLA ROAD CHARLOTTE NC
3050 ASHLEY TOWN CENTER DRIVE CHARLESTON SC
1021 WOODRUFF ROAD GREENVILLE SC
2855 JORDAN COURT ALPHARETTA GA
500 BROOKHAVEN AVE. ATLANTA GA
6350 PEACHTREE DUNWOODY ROAD NE ATLANTA GA
2900 CUMBERLAND MALL SE ATLANTA GA
4901 GATE PARKWAY JACKSONVILLE FL
741 ORANGE AVENUE ALTAMONTE SPRINGS FL
15915 PINES BLVD PEMBROKE PINES FL
3250 NORTHLAKE BLVD LAKE PARK FL
2655 GULF TO BAY BLVD CLEARWATER FL
6275 NAPLES BLVD NAPLES FL
3650 GALLERIA CIRCLE HOOVER AL
1205 N MEMORIAL PARKWAY HUNTSVILLE AL
98 SEABOARD LANE BRENTWOOD TN
1500 DEMINI PLACE COLUMBUS OH
35804 DETROIT ROAD AVON OH
6110 EAST 86TH STREET CASTLETON IN
9010 MICHIGAN ROAD INDIANAPOLIS IN
30550 STEVENSON HIGHWAY MADISON HEIGHTS MI
2343 SOUTH TELEGRAPH ROAD BLOOMFIELD MI
3000 COMMERCE CROSSING COMMERCE MI
7205 MILLS CIVIC PARKWAY WEST DES MOINES IA
2150 DEMING WAY MIDDLETON WI
1431 BEAM AVE MAPLEWOOD MN
12011 TECHNOLOGY DRIVE EDEN PRAIRIE MN
5801 16TH STREET WEST ST. LOUIS PARK MN
2195 E CUSTER AVENUE HELENA MT
2505 CATRON STREET BOZEMAN MT
2330 US HIGHWAY 93 NORTH KALISPELL MT
505 WEST ARMY TRAIL ROAD BLOOMINGDALE IL
1324 SOUTH ROUTE 59 NAPERVILLE IL
12221 BLUE VALLEY PARKWAY OVERLAND PARK KS
9350 MARSHALL DRIVE LENEXA KS
3900 DUBLIN STREET NEW ORLEANS LA
1225 STATE HWY 276 ROCKWALL TX
11220 DALLAS PARKWAY FRISCO TX
851 S STATE HWY 121 LEWISVILLE TX
3800 CENTRAL EXPRESSWAY PLANO TX
1701 DALLAS PARKWAY PLANO TX
250 WEST HIGHWAY 67 DUNCANVILLE TX
2601 EAST STATE HIGHWAY 114 SOUTHLAKE TX
5300 OVERTON RIDGE BLVD FORT WORTH TX
3836 RICHMOND AVENUE HOUSTON TX
1150 BUNKER HILL ROAD HOUSTON TX
17520 SOUTHWEST FREEWAY SUGAR LAND TX
15330 IH-35 NORTH SELMA TX
1201 NORTH FM 1604 EAST SAN ANTONIO TX
5611 UTSA BLVD SAN ANTONIO TX
4301 WEST WILLIAM CANNON DR SOUTH AUSTIN TX
10401 RESEARCH BLVD AUSTIN TX
5195 WADSWORTH BLVD ARVADA CO
1471 S HAVANA AURORA CO
16375 N WASHINGTON STREET THORNTON CO
600 MARSHALL ROAD SUPERIOR CO
4000 RIVER POINTE PARKWAY SHERIDAN CO
7900 W QUINCY AVENUE LITTLETON CO
8686 PARK MEADOWS CENTER DRIVE LITTLETON CO
5050 N NEVEDA AVE COLORADO SPRINGS CO
5879 BARNES ROAD COLORADO SPRINGS CO
16700 N MARKETPLACE BLVD NAMPA ID
2051 SOUTH COLE ROAD BOISE ID
355 EAST NEIDER AVENUE COEUR D’ALENE ID
11100 SOUTH AUTOMALL DRIVE SANDY UT
5201 SOUTH INTERMOUNTAIN DRIVE MURRAY UT
19001 27TH AVENUE PHOENIX AZ
4570 E CACTUS ROAD PHOENIX AZ
2450 E BEARDSLEY ROAD PHOENIX AZ
1444 SOUTH SOSSAMAN RD MESA AZ
595 SOUTH GALLERIA WAY CHANDLER AZ
15255 NORTH HAYDEN ROAD SCOTTSDALE AZ
2887 SOUTH MARKET STREET GILBERT AZ
17550 NORTH 79TH AVENUE GLENDALE AZ
10000 WEST MCDOWELL ROAD AVONDALE AZ
6255 EAST GRANT ROAD TUCSON AZ
3901 W COSTCO DRIVE TUCSON AZ
3911 HIGHWAY 69 PRESCOTT AZ
1420 RENAISSANCE BLVD ALBUQUERQUE NM
9955 COORS BYPASS NW ALBUQUERQUE NM
500 EUBANK BLVD SE ALBUQUERQUE NM
791 MARKS STREET HENDERSON NV
4810 GALLERIA PARKWAY SPARKS NV
2901 LOS FELIZ BLVD LOS ANGELES CA
14501 HINDRY AVENUE HAWTHORNE CA
13463 WASHINGTON BLVD MARINA DEL REY CA
5401 KATELLA AVENUE CYPRESS CA
2200 E WILLOW STREET SIGNAL HILL CA
18649 VIA PRINCESSA SANTA CLARITA CA
5700 LINDERO CANYON ROAD WESTLAKE VILLAGE CA
6100 SEPULVEDA VAN NUYS CA
1051 BURBANK BLVD BURBANK CA
17550 CASTLETON STREET CITY OF INDUSTRY CA
2207 W COMMONWEALTH ALHAMBRA CA
951 PALOMAR AIRPORT ROAD CARLSBAD CA
12155 TECH CENTER DRIVE POWAY CA
725 CENTER DRIVE SAN MARCOS CA
101 TOWN CENTER PARKWAY SANTEE CA
1755 HACIENDA DRIVE VISTA CA
2345 FENTON PARKWAY SAN DIEGO CA
4605 MORENA BLVD SAN DIEGO CA
12350 CARMEL MOUNTAIN ROAD SAN DIEGO CA
72800 DINAH SHORE DRIVE PALM DESERT CA
1099 EAST HOSPITALITY LANE SAN BERNARDINO CA
26610 YNEZ ROAD TEMECULA CA
115 TECHNOLOGY DRIVE IRVINE CA
7562 CENTER AVENUE HUNTINGTON BEACH CA
33961 DOHENY PARK ROAD SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO CA
27220 HEATHER RIDGE ROAD LAGUNA NIGUEL CA
27972 CABOT ROAD LAGUNA NIGUEL CA
2700 PARK AVENUE TUSTIN CA
2655 EL CAMINO REAL TUSTIN CA
2001 E VENTURA BLVD OXNARD CA
2660 PARK CENTER DRIVE SIMI VALLEY CA
7095 MARKET PLACE DRIVE GOLETA CA
1540 FROOM RANCY WAY SAN LUIS OBISPO CA
1335 SOUTH BRADLEY SANTA MARIA CA
801 TIOGA AVENUE SAND CITY CA
1000 NORTH RENGSTORFF MOUNTAIN VIEW CA
451 S AIRPORT BLVD SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO CA
150 LAWRENCE STATION ROAD SUNNYVALE CA
1001 METRO CENTER BLVD FOSTER CITY CA
2201 VERNE ROBERTS CIRCLE ANTIOCH CA
2400 MONUMENT BLVD CONCORD CA
3150 FOSTERIA WAY DANVILLE CA
43621 PACIFIC COMMONS BLVD FREMONT CA
2800 INDEPENDENCE DRIVE LIVERMORE CA
1900 DAVIS STREET SAN LEANDRO CA
198 PLAZA DRIVE VALLEJO CA
5901 REDWOOD DRIVE ROHNERT PARK CA
300 VINTAGE WAY NOVATO CA
7251 CAMINO ARROYO GILROY CA
1601 COLMAN AVENUE SANTA CLARA CA
5301 ALMADEN EXPRESSWAY SAN JOSE CA
2680 REYNOLDS RANCH PARKWAY LODI CA
3801 PELANDALE AVENUE MODESTO CA
1900 SANTA ROSA AVENUE SANTA ROSA CA
1006 W WABASH AVENUE EUREKA CA
1800 CAVITT COURT FOLSOM CA
6750 STANFORD RANCH ROAD ROSEVILLE CA
1051 HUME WAY VACAVILLE CA
2299 BRONZE STAR DRIVE WOODLAND CA
1600 EXPO PARKWAY SACRAMENTO CA
7981 EAST STOCKTON BLVD SACRAMENTO CA
2100 DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR WAY CHICO CA
4589 KAPOLEI PARKWAY KAPOLEI HI
540 HALEAKALA HIGHWAY KAHULUI, MAUI HI
735600 MAIAU STREET KAILUA-KONA HI
4300 NUHOU STREET LIHUE HI
94-1231 KA UKA BLVD WAIPAHU HI
525 ALA KAWA STREET HONOLULU HI
333 A KEAHOLE SREET HONOLULU HI
15901 SW JENKINS ROAD ALOHA OR
13130 SE 84TH STREET CLACKAMAS OR
25900 HEATHER PLACE WILSONVILLE OR
1255 NE 48TH AVENUE HILLSBORO OR
7855 SW DARTMOUTH TIGARD OR
4849 NORTHEAST 138TH PORTLAND OR
1010 HAWTHORNE AVENUE SE SALEM OR
3031 KILLDEER AVENUE ALBANY OR
2828 CHAD DRIVE EUGENE OR
2500 NE HIGHWAY 20 BEND OR
35100 ENCHANTED PKWY SOUTH FEDERAL WAY WA
1801 10TH AVENUE NW ISSAQUAH WA
27520 COVINGTON WAY SE COVINGTON WA
24008 SNOHOMISH-WOODINVILLE RD SE WOODINVILLE WA
1175 NORTH 205TH STREET SEATTLE WA
400 COSTCO DRIVE TUKWILA WA
10200 19TH AVENUE SE EVERETT WA
4299 GUIDE MERIDIAN STREET BELLINGHAM WA
1725 S BURLINGTON BLVD BURLINGTON WA
16616 TWIN LAKES AVENUE MARYSVILLE WA
10990 HARBOR HILL DR GIG HARBOR WA
1201 39TH AVENUE SW PUYALLUP WA
955 WEST WASHINGTON STREET SEQUIM WA
2219 SOUTH 37TH STREET TACOMA WA
5500 LITTLE ROCK ROAD SW TUMWATER WA
1470 MARVIN ROAD NE LACEY WA
6505 NE 88TH STREET VANCOUVER WA
375 HIGHLINE DRIVE SOUTH EAST WENATCHEE WA
7619 N DIVISION STREET SPOKANE WA
5601 E SPRAGUE AVENUE SPOKANE WA
8505 A WEST GAGE BLVD KENNEWICK WA
301 5TH STREET CLARKSTON WA
4125 DEBARR RD ANCHORAGE AK
330 W DIMOND BLVD ANCHORAGE AK

 

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Mango Sticky Rice – Straight from the pages of Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine!  

Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine – Releases TOMORROW!!!!

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Tomorrow is the big day!!! Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine hits the shelves and if you already pre-ordered on Amazon, it should be arriving in your mailbox very very soon!

The feedback on the book thus far has been awesome and exactly what I had hoped for. Here’s a fun review from Katrina Runs for Food that sums it all up nicely!

I love this book and I know for sure if you are a Thai food fan (paleo or not) this book will bring joy to your kitchen and deliciousness to your plate.

If you are ordering today make sure you enter into my giveaway  - click here for details!!

I can’t wait to share Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine with you!!!

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Additional Giveaway for Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine!!

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In just one week Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine will be available to all of you!!!! I’m so pumped to share this book with you. Check out a fun video showcasing the book by clicking here! There isn’t another book out there like this. Not another paleo book, not another Thai Cuisine book, and not another cookbook that offers you what this book does. It’s a glimpse into Thailand and is filled with over 80 authentic Thai recipes gathered during the 6 weeks that I was there, inspired by chefs and home cooks around the country who I personally worked with, and packaged up into a beautiful book and brought home to you.

I don’t want you to be afraid that it will be difficult to find the correct ingredients because it’s really not as hard as you might think and there’s an amazing resource that I recommend in the book, Import Food, where can order the ingredients that you might not be able to find at your local grocery store. If you are not up to hunting and gathering the authentic ingredients needed to make the recipes in this book, never fear; I offer recommended substitutions that will not disappoint; your Thai food will still taste out of this world amazing and all with ingredients you can find at your local grocery store!

Now on to the giveaway!! I have giveaways happening currently that end on June 17th, the day of the release. For more information on the giveaways, click here!

This post is to inform you that I’m going to add an additional item to the current giveaway!!

One person will win the following bundle of authentic ingredients necessary to kickstart your culinary journey through Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine!

One lucky winner will receive:

Fresh Thai Produce Kit - which includes fresh lemongrass, galangal, limes, and Thai chiles

Fresh Thai Basil - this special herb is found in numerous dishes throughout the book and the smell alone is devine

Kaffir Limes - the special kaffir lime is predominately used for the rind which is thinly sliced and pounded into curry pastes

Kaffir Lime Leaves - the leaves from the kaffir lime offer the distinct citrus taste that you find in many curries, soups, and stir-fry recipes found in Thai cooking

Fresh Green Papaya - necessary to make the absolutely delicious green papaya salad recipe found within Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine

Shrimp Paste - necessary to make the homemade curry pastes and a handful of the stir-fry recipes and soups

Premium Fish Sauce - there is hardly a recipe in Thai cooking that doesn’t require fish sauce

All of these ingredients will be shipped to one lucky winner, simply click here and follow the instructions at the end of the post to be entered into the drawing!!!

Now, here’s a list of a few of the recipes found within the book:

Homemade Curry Pastes

Yellow Curry

Red Curry

Green Curry

Southern Style Sour Curry – (one of my personal favorites)

Sweet and Sour Chicken and Coconut Soup

Sweet Chili Eggs

Stuffed Egg Omelet

Fried Rice with Pineapple and Prawns

Deep Fried Fish Cakes

Homemade Oyster Sauce (necessary for several Thai stir-fry recipes and other Thai dishes)

Chicken Fried with Curry

Cashew Nut Stir-Fry

Stir-fried Crispy Pork Belly – this one recipe in my opinion is worth buying the entire book!!!

Deep Fried Bananas

Mango Sticky Rice – the best I have EVER tasted

Pad Thai or Stir Fried Rice Noodles – recipe offered with the authentic rice noodles or a totally paleo sub

Pork Rinds – yup, that’s right, you’ll learn how to make your own homemade pork rinds found in Northern Thai cooking

and  SO SO SO MUCH MORE!!

Now enjoy some yummy recipe pics from the book!

sweet and sour chicken and coconut soup Bananas in Coconut Milk cashew nut stir fry

spring rolls

leaf bitesDeep-Fried Fish Cake thai chile paste

 

 

Thai Book Video Fun! WE FINALLY HAVE THE BOOK!!!!

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Check out the video introduction of my brand new soon to be released book on June 17th, Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine and next, read below our explanation of the wild ride we had to go on to finally get a copy in our hands!!!

We just got home last night from our Everyday Paleo Italy Adventure (post on that coming soon but let me quickly say THANK YOU to The Trip Tribe and to Moreno Moretti of Le Marche Holiday and to all the attendees for one of the BEST few days of my entire life) and now my jet-lagged brain is trying to figure out where to put my focus – Italy, Thailand, my laundry, grocery shopping, sleeping – I don’t know what to do first and my head is not yet screwed on straight and there’s 10 million things to catch up on but first I want to share with you EVERYDAY PALEO THAI CUISINE!!!

We had such a wild adventure while in Italy trying to track down a copy of the Thai book that was so kindly shipped overseas to me by my awesome publisher so that I could see a copy before the pre-release copies were sent out to everyone else. We were staying in such remote and funky places, like a sailboat in the sea near an unknown tiny port town and a little house on the hills outside of the Cinque Terra and because of  that the book failed to find us after two delivery attempts and we had to go find IT! With limited Italian language capability, limited phone capability and internet connection, it truly turned into a wild goose chase around Italy to find the darn book. It was extremely fitting that once we reached Le Marche for the Everyday Paleo Italy Adventure and met up with my dear friend Moreno that Moreno was able to come to the rescue, find the book, pick it up, and hand deliver it to me.

Thank you Moreno, my dear friend, you are such a bright spot in our lives and from your help almost two years ago with the creation of Everyday Paleo Around the World Italian Cuisine book to organizing the recent Everyday Paleo Italy Adventure and most importantly teaching our family to chill out more and stress way less, you have been such a fun, unique, and awesome person to know.

So, back to Thai Food!! (I know, it’s confusing – Italy, Thailand, what the heck??) Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine is not just a cookbook – heck no, have I ever written just a “cookbook”? Absolutely not – this book kicks some serious Thai food booty. We traveled all over Thailand last year to research this book and I brought all of our knowledge home and turned it into Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine. You’ll find out all about the awesome ingredients used in Thai cooking to make it, well, truly authentic Thai. I tell you what to substitute with in case you can’t find the right authentic ingredients locally. I tell you where to order the authentic ingredients from if you want to dive in and do the real deal, I offer you over 80 recipes of truly legit, authentic, amazing Thai dishes, and finally I offer you our travelogue, introducing you to the beauty and culture that is Thailand with travel tips, the story of our travels, and other useful info if you ever make the big trip to Southeast Asia. Some of the recipes in the book you will have heard of and others are only typical to the streets and small restaurants of Thailand that you can now make right in your own home.

Here’s some of the cool stuff you will find in Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine that you simply can’t find the same way elsewhere:

How to make your own:

Tamarind Paste

Oyster Sauce – (this is a big deal – you simply can’t find a pre-made oyster sauce with all paleo ingredients and I tested, re-made, and re-tested until we got this one spot on!)

7 different homemade curry pastes

Thai Chili Paste

Sweet Chili Sauce (also impossible to find with legit ingredients)

Spring Rolls

Crispy Fried Pork Belly Stir Fry

Snow Mushroom Salad

Son-in-Law Eggs

Khoa Soi – a coveted, delicious, truly authentic and unbelievable Northern Style Curry that is typically made with egg noodles but we paleo-fied the authentic original to taste just the same if not better….

Deep-Fried Fish with Chu Chee Curry Sauce

And typical favorites like

Sweet and Sour Stir Fry that won’t send you into a sugar rush tail spin

Sweet Basil Leaf Stir Fry

Cashew Nut Stir Fry

Tom Ka Gai – the best you will ever taste or I’ll come to your house and do your dishes

Boiled Rice Soup

Duck Curry that’s will blow your mind it’s so good

Pumpkin Custard

Deep Fried Bananas AND SO MUCH MORE!!!!!!!!!!!

Now that you mouth is watering (mine is too and since I’m writing this at 7am there’s a good chance I’ll be making Thai food for breakfast) be sure to head over to this post and get in on the giveaway action as well! 

I can’t wait to hear what you think about the book, pre-order here on Amazon and thank you as always for your amazing support and I can’t wait to hear what you think about Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine!

 

Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine Giveaways!!!!!!!

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I’m sitting on pins and needles WAITING, waiting, waiting in Italy to get a copy of Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine!!!!  The release date is around the corner, June 17th to be exact, and pre-release copies are in route! My publisher has seen a copy of the new book and is raving about it but I have not yet seen it and I’m so totally beyond excited to hold a copy in my hands! I have loved the experience of writing all of my books but this book, doing the research, the cooking and testing and tasting, Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine is BAM, wow, epic, I honestly believe my best book ever besides the now classic first book, Everyday Paleo.

Traveling to Thailand is what made this book come to life and although the internet is like having the entire world at your fingertips I suppose I could have easily written a Thai cookbook without ever leaving the comfort of my own home; however, it wouldn’t have been the same. No amount of virtual research compares to the experience I had while working side by side with the many Thai chefs and home cooks that I met while visiting the amazing country of Thailand.

I’ll share with you now one little tidbit of knowledge that I learned on day one of my trip. Thai food is very special. Thai dishes are only true Thai dishes if you use the correct key ingredients. For example, if you make Tom Ka Gai and you use regular ginger instead of galangal, you really aren’t making Tom Ka Gai. It might look like Tom Ka Gai, and even have similar flavors, but you can NOT call it Tom Ka Gai. Nope, can’t do it. Does this mean that you should never use substitutions for the ingredients that make a certain Thai dish truly Thai? No way, you SHOULD use subs if needed, but you shouldn’t pretend it’s the real deal. I love this concept. This is staying true to tradition, to a culinary idea that food rich with culture shouldn’t be slapped together and called something it really isn’t.

Another part of Thai cooking is the tools used to make Thai food. Mortars and pestles are imperative in making authentic Thai food. Do you have to use them? Of course not, and in the book I offer alternative ways to make the salads, curry pastes, bases for stir fry sauces, and well, just about everything, without using a mortar and pestle but the importance of having these tools was hammered home time and time again with each person that I had the honor of cooking with while inThailand. A quick example of the importance of using a mortar and pestle for curry paste: a granite mortar and pestle should be used because the granite is heavy enough to pulverize the tough ingredients into a paste. Furthermore, the granite keeps the ingredients cool in order to prevent overheating and therefore oxidation of the ingredients and the flavors blend rather than change due to unnecessary heat caused by something like a food processor. Should you NOT use a food processor to make curry paste? Absolutely not, but it’s important to honor Thai culture and understand that what you are making will still taste amazing and still be fun to make, but won’t be the true traditional Thai way. Honor, respect, understanding, learning, and growing, all part of life and all important aspects when exploring cultures other than your own.

So, that’s just a tiny touch of what I learned while in Thailand. Never mind the experience of simply being there. The extremely kind people, the beauty, the smells; good and bad, the humid sticky weather that changes to paradise once you hop on a scooter and race around like mad on tiny sun drenched islands, freedom from constant media bombardment, tastes, sites, sounds, and cultural differences like I’ve never ever seen before. Giant Wats (temples) springing up out of lush jungles, bare feet in restaurants and stores, bartering, laughing at nothing, running wild on wet sand, eating food so hot I cried with pain and joy and disbelief; all at the same time. Thailand. I share all of this with you in Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine with a huge emphasis of course on the FOOD. There is nothing like Thai food. Nothing, and to be able to make this awesome cuisine at home is the gift I wanted to give to you and I’m darn confident that I have accomplished that with this book.

Now, for a few fun giveaways!!!! I told you about the importance of the mortar and pestle and there are two types that are used in Thailand: The first is a granite mortar and pestle for things like curry pastes and breaking down other tougher ingredients for various recipes, sauces, etc.  They also use either a wooden or clay mortar and pestle for making things like papaya salad or cucumber salad, in order to gently mash together lime, chiles, dried shrimp and a touch of sweetness along with fresh veggies and fruits to bring alive the flavors of the specific dishes you will be making.

GIVEAWAYS! 

1) One lucky person is going to win a set of one granite and one wooden or clay mortar and pestle and you will be ready to cook out of Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine!!! With a set like this, you really won’t need much more in your kitchen arsenal (except a wok) to start cooking authentic Thai food!

2) Two lucky people will receive 1 gallon of Palm Shortening from Tropical Traditions – the only palm shortening I recommend and an amazing oil for deep frying (an important part of Thai cooking).

3) Finally 3 lucky people will win a signed copy of Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine!!!!

To enter, please do just one of the following and as always, no purchase necessary to win:

1. Email your proof of purchase from Amazon or Barnes & Noble to  everydaypaleocontest@gmail.com.

2. Prepare one of the sneak peak recipes that I offer at the end of this post, take a picture of it and share it on your facebook page along with a link to Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine on Amazon and tell me that you did so below in comments (and if you can link to where I can see it but not required if your Facebook is set to private).

3. Name three reasons why you want this book and share those reasons along with a link back to this post and/or my book on Amazon and post below to comments that you did so (and if you can link to where I can see it but not required if your Facebook is set to private.)

Alrighty, that’s all folks! Now enjoy the following recipes and a few pictures from our amazing trip to Thailand!!

Thai Seafood or Ground Meat Salad

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This delicious and fresh staple from northeastern Thailand is found in many variations all over the country. It’s also referred to as laab. I first tried it at Enjoy Bistro in Bangkok, and the spicy, yummy, tart goodness was a huge hit. Adjust the spiciness and fish sauce to your taste and always serve it with fresh raw veggies.

Prep time: 30 minutes 

Cook time: 15 minutes Serves: 2 to 3

1/4 cup chicken broth (omit if using ground pork or beef)

1 tablespoon coconut oil or  leaf lard (omit if using prawns)

5 large prawns or 1 cup ground pork or beef

2 green onions, white and green parts, chopped

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1/2 shallot, sliced lengthwise

5 to 7 kaffir lime leaves, chiffonaded

Juice of 1 lime

2 tablespoons rice or coconut vinegar

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1 teaspoon dried red chili flakes

1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish

Fresh Thai basil, for garnish Cucumber slices, for garnish

Long beans or green beans, for garnish Green cabbage, shredded, for garnish

Seafood

In a small saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a simmer and add the prawns, green onions, cilantro, shallot, and kaffir lime leaves. Poach, stirring frequently, until the shrimp is pink and firm. Drain off the stock and transfer the cooked shrimp, veggies, and herbs to a small mixing bowl.

Add the lime juice, vinegar, fish sauce, red chili flakes, and mint leaves to the shrimp mixture and combine well.

Garnish with the basil, cucumber slices, long beans, mint leaves, and shredded green cabbage.

Ground Pork or Beef

In a wok, heat the coconut oil or lard over medium-high heat.

Add the ground pork or beef and cook until the meat is browned.

Remove from heat and immediately add the remaining ingredients. Mix well and serve. Garnish with basil, cucumber slices, long beans, mint leaves, and shredded cabbage.

Sweet and Sour Chicken and Coconut Soup

Tom Ka Gai

This is Thai comfort food at its finest. I love—adore, actually—this simple, delicious, sweet and tangy soup. There is something truly magical about the sweetness of coconut milk, the tartness of kaffir lime leaves, and the light, delightful flavor of lemongrass, and this soup harnesses all of these amazing ingredients to yield a burst of flavor in every spoonful.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 7 to 10 minutes Serves: 2

1 cup Coconut Milk

1 cup chicken broth or water

1 stalk lemongrass, cut into 1-inch pieces (bend the stalk in several places prior to cutting to release the flavor)

1 tablespoon thinly sliced galangal (or ginger)

3 straw or white mushrooms, quartered

3 to 4 kaffir lime leaves, stemmed and torn in half (or 1/2 teaspoon lime zest or to taste)

1/2 chicken breast, chopped

1 teaspoon maple syrup

Sea salt

1/4 white onion, chopped (about 1/3 cup)

1 small tomato, chopped (about 1/3 cup)

1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice

Chopped cilantro, for garnish (optional)

Chile Oil  for garnish (optional)

In a wok or soup pot, bring the coconut milk and chicken broth to a boil.

Add the lemongrass, galangal, mushrooms, kaffir lime leaves, and chicken and stir well.

To the simmering soup, add the maple syrup and salt to taste, stir, and add the onion and tomato.

Cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and add the lime juice. Taste and adjust the seasoning as desired.

Garnish with the cilantro and chile oil if desired and serve.

Photo Credit: Michael Lang

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EP Workshop and First Ever Movement Day Re-cap + More!!

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I am soaring through the air. Literally, and well, figuratively. As I write this post I am headed to Italy with my family and our dear friends for a MUCH needed vacation and for our Everyday Paleo Italy Adventure happening June 1st -7th in the beautiful Le Marche region of Italy! (It’s not too late to sign up, come and join me in Italy, click here for more information over at The Trip Tribe!)

I am very excited to fill you all in on last weekends events but first I must remind you all that SOON, very very soon, my next book, Everyday Paleo Thai Cuisine will be released! On June 17th to be exact you can have this book in your possession so pre-order now!! I’m also working on scheduling a book tour for the week of the 17th so those of you in New York, Denver, Austin, Portland, Los Angeles, and San Francisco – STAY TUNED!!!! Once plans are finalized I’ll let you know exactly when and where I’ll be so mark your calendars for the week of June 17th!!!

Alright, back to soaring, this past weekend was amazing! On Saturday we (finally) held our first local Everyday Paleo Workshop in my hometown of Chico, CA at our gym owned by my husband and I, JS Strength and Conditioning and on Sunday we had our first ever Movement Day with guest coaches Jim Laird and Lucy Hendricks of J & M Strength and Conditioning located in Lexington, KY. I don’t even know where to begin to tell you how grateful I am to be surrounded by such outstanding people in my life, from my family, to our team at JS Strength and Conditioning, to our dear friends who love and support us and of course to all of YOU.

I am pleased to announce that we are adding Movement Days to our workshop schedule and I can’t wait to announce when we are doing our next one; it will be soon, I promise. The demand for this day was outrageously apparent to say the least, we sold out in just the third week of our meager marketing attempts and I am beyond thrilled with the results of the day. I am so lucky to coach side by side my husband John and our two trainers Taq Hernandez and Ally Sharpe, and then to have our very own Jason Seib on hand, along with the best of the best Jim Laird and Lucy Hendricks made such a huge impact on the success of the day. The lesson that I hope all of the attendees took home with them from our Movement Day is this: know who you are, don’t put up with bad coaching, learn how to breathe, understand that there is always progression and to start from where you are rather than jumping into fitness like it’s a swimming pool. It’s smarter to take the guided steps necessary to get to where you should be rather than racing to see how quickly you can burn yourself out and therefore end up frustrated. There is a better way….

The emails of excitement are already pouring in and here’s what people are saying about our first ever Movement Day:

“I just wanted to thank you so much for such an awesome workshop today! You guys are just awesome. That’s pretty much all there is to say! :-) You have once again inspired me to be better and stronger and continue my journey toward health.” Julie

“The information received at the weekend seminar was invaluable. The movement day blew my mind. I wish you guys could be cloned and spread around the world to preach the nutrition and movement gospel. I will never be able to walk in a gym and not think about the info you all share with us.” Tibor

“A great group of smart, talented and caring individuals…if you get the opportunity I highly recommend working with any or all of them. My wife (Evolve Nutrition ) and I had the amazing privilege of working with them all and learned many valuable lessons, tips & techniques that we will incorporate and carry with us for the rest of our lives.” John

Now I must take the time to reach out to all of you who have attended our Everyday Paleo Workshops over the last three years, and I hope you all know how much each and everyone of you that I meet has touched my life in such a special way. I may forget names and often even faces and feel embarrassed when I can’t remember that I have met some of you before but I never forget your stories, your embraces, your support and your willingness to be open to this crazy path that I have chosen as my life’s work. This weekend was a HUGE reminder that even though it’s often exhausting and I know there are many things I could be doing, I don’t want to ever stop doing our workshops. Traveling is tough, the energy output to do these workshop is even tougher, the reward however is great. I learn so much from each event and gain so much from connecting with those of you who attend. In each of you I see myself. I see my friends. I see my family. I see hope. I see longing. I see life. I see the need for answers, I see the desire that people have to find health and a new direction, for learning and growing and for being the best that they can be by asking for real answers to real questions. The work that I do is important and I rarely honor that because it sounds egotistical but you know what, I keep doing what I do, grinding it out, figuring out how I can do the next thing to help the next person because I know there is value in my message and because I know that what I do helps me to strive to be a better person, every single day. I want my boys to know that you CAN make a difference by reaching out to people, helping, listening, learning, connecting, and that you can create change even though it may seem small and insignificant.  I want them to know that working towards making life a little bit better or a little more worth living should never be considered small or insignificant.

So, with that being said, thank you all again for your constant support and please stay tuned to the blog for more events coming and as soon as our next Movement Day and/or Workshop is scheduled I will let you all know!

HUGE thank you to our sponsors:

Klean Kanteen

Massa Natural Meats 

Morroco Method

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The Guilt, ohhhh, The Guilt!!

If someone were to ask me what emotion stirs deep inside me when I contemplate being a mother, the first word that used to come to mind was GUILT. Yes, you know what I’m talking about. The GUILT! We wonder every stupid gosh darn day if we are doing it right. If we are doing enough. If we are damaging our poor children by our choices that we make for them. Oh wait, what I mean is, are we giving them enough choices because that’s the cool, hip, new age parenting thing to do, right? Give them choices for everything??? BIG sigh… So yes, the guilt… However, as my parenting years grow with time and experience but maybe not a whole lot of wisdom, given that every child is so extremely different and the learning curve of being a parent never really straightens out, I have started to let go of that feeling of guilt. Why? Because what I really want to feel and what I really DO feel is love. My mom once told me long ago when she was telling me all of her own feelings of guilt and distress from all the horrible things she did to me as a child (or so she thought), she stopped in the middle of her confessional and said to me, “You know what Sarah, I have always really and truly loved you, and I think you can make up for a lot of mistakes with your children when they really and truly know how much they are loved.” She was so right. I don’t look back on my childhood and think about the times my mom lost her mind (usually because we made her lose it) or the times she made a decision that made me upset (those decisions were typically to protect me) or the times she disciplined me (always because I deserved it I’m sure) but instead I remember the times she would scoop me in her arms when I was hurt, the times she snuggled with me in bed at night when I couldn’t sleep or because I was scared, the times she sang to me softly when I was sad, and the times she was brave and fierce in front of me when I was timid. That’s what I remember. She loved me, really truly loved me and that’s  what I have replaced my guilt with when it come so my own parenting. You can  make up for a lot of mistakes with love and so my boys know that even when I’m that nutty crazy mom that forgets to offer choices or forgets to be patient or forgets to always be angelic and perfect (because I’m not) they do know how much they are loved. My eighteen year old son now scoops me up in his arms when I am tired, he ask me if I am ok, he treats his friends with kindness, and he reminds me that even though I am a mom, I’m still cool – so somehow, through all the years of mistakes I’ve made, I can see that love still wins.

So, my dear readers, drop the guilt, and start with love. Wrap your arms around your kiddos as often as you can. Laugh, and really play with them even for just a few minutes a day. Fix their hurts, listen to their stories with interest, put down your phones and look into their eyes, hold little hands, carry tired small people to bed with kisses and giggles, and they will remember all the love and as far as those days that you are not perfect (oh wait, that’s everyday) your kiddos will forgive you and they will learn from you that being real is what matters and that really being loved is what matters most of all.