An Intro to the Beautiful Marche!!

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As many of you know, my family and I are traveling through Italy, soaking up the culture and cooking our way through several different regions of this spectacular country.  We started our journey first in Bologna and moved on from there to Pesaro. All last week we were staying near the Adriatic Sea, in the region known as Le Marche.  Il Pignocco was our home base; a magical, fairytale location perched on top of a hill overlooking Pesaro.  The charming Il Pignocco is an old Italian farmhouse dating back to the 18th century that has been restored into a beautiful holiday house that is perfectly located – hidden away – and a beautiful place that we would have been happy to stay forever.  Everyday if I could, you would find me resting under the ancient olive trees and listening to the birds sing, but as always, real life intercepts my fantasies…

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Video Recap of Bologna Cooking School

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Here’s a quick video recap of my experience at Bologna Cooking School with Big Carlo!  I owe a huge amount of gratitude to Carlo, Luciana, and Gabriela for welcoming us and accommodating our requests for a personalized gluten free cooking lesson as well as Carlo’s permission to use and tweak his recipes to make them paleo.

We are currently spending the week in the beautiful Marche region of Italy where I have been continuing my culinary exploration of Italy. More stories, pictures and videos coming soon so please stay tuned!

I hope you enjoy!

 

Video and photography by Damon Meledones.

Homemade Paleo Mayo Cooking Demo!!

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Finally, a post about food!!  Hurray hurray, jump up and down but don’t get too excited because this post is a lesson – a very important paleo mayonnaise lesson and one that is worth learning for those folks who figured that their creamy white blissful days of mayo were over after hopping on the paleo wagon. Most decent tasting mayonnaise options that you’ll find in the market are made with soybean oil and really should be avoided because soybean oil is only good for, well, nothing that I can think of… [Read more…]

Cabbage Roll Cooking Demo and Making Choices!

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I remember when I first heard about the paleo diet and immediately I began thinking up a hundred excuses as to why I couldn’t eat paleo. My biggest excuse; I assumed that I simply did not have the time. In reality I did not yet have the DESIRE TO CHANGE. It took hitting my own personal rock bottom of being unhealthy in order to decide that I could “fit in” a healthy paleo lifestyle. [Read more…]

Thanksgiving Recipes and Everyday Paleo Pumpkin Pie Cooking Demo!

Thanksgiving Dinner – Paleo Style!!

My family all pitched in yesterday and we created an amazing holiday feast. We ate a lot, laughed a lot, and stayed up way too late on a school night; but it was well worth it. We even managed to throw together a cooking demo for my Everyday Paleo Pumpkin Pie which we all had way too much fun filming, probably because of how blurry eyed and tired we were at that point!  As far as the meal was concerned, I personally am proud of how the stuffing turned out, and I am now forever in love with Prosciutto Wrapped Pears…  Jaden’s favorite was the Broccoli Casserole, and Rowan ate a pound of turkey before it even made it to his plate! [Read more…]