It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. It’s been a bit crazy in my world. Some good…and some bad but that’s what makes the world go around. Right? Right! I don’t want to bore you with all the “bad” stuff so instead lets talk about the good. Everyone needs a little good after everything that has happened in Boston this week. So scary! My thoughts go out to those of you in Boston and if you know of someone effected by the events that happen on Monday. So scary to what this world is coming to.
Ok, we are supposed to be talking good (not bad)! Now for some good, I just finished the proofreading for the real deal cookbook that will be out this coming October! I have to say its pretty crazy to see all the hard work I packed into a 3 month window on physical pages. And how I managed to not only write the book, create recipes, and photograph 50 of the recipes in 3 short months all while working on the e-book is still a little hard to wrap my brain around. I think I’m seriously insane….but you guys already knew that so that isn’t anything new to you. Haha! Again, proofreading is done and now I guess we will wait for the next steps. Not sure what those are since I pretty much have been along for the ride on this cookbook writing stuff. I will keep you updated on things as we go. Speaking of cookbooks, did you see Juli’s cookbook is now available to order on Amazon? I ordered my copy and I’m excited to get my paws on it too! Love that girl! And another cookbook I’m excited about is Haley and Bill’s latest, Gathered. It looks beautiful! Their first cookbook is still one of my all time favorite Paleo cookbooks. A lot of Paleo cookbooks will be on shelves soon. Makes my heart happy I must say!
Another piece of good, the new look on the site is supposed to be coming your way the 2nd week of May if all goes as planned. I’m soooo excited about it. I need a new spring cleaning on the site. It’s going to have a new focus and its going to be nothing but Paleo food talk. Some other things in there too that my only hope will make it easy for you to stick to your paleo lifestyle without the fear it sometimes may bring. Did I tell you I was excited about this whole new look? I’m over the moon! I’ve tried to sprinkle some of what is to come with the logo in the pictures recently. Let me know what you think.
Just some other side stuff and recent thoughts that I had to share because sometimes they may help someone out there in a weird unknown way. I have had a wave of doubt come through me lately. You see back last summer with the move we made to a new state I quit my corporate America job in order to jump on my passion for Paleo and sharing that word with others out there. It’s been a scary ride and there have been times were I have seriously wondered what I was thinking and even scared that I may not be able to buy groceries for the week. With that being said and a little side note, thank you for those who have bought the ebook. Its helped me stay afloat. As always I’ve gone off the track I was trying to take with this. So back on track we go….earlier this week I was seriously thinking of entering back into the corporate rat race. You see the unknown is scary and the known is comfortable and stable. Then something happened yesterday that made me really stop and think. First I met a lady while the girls played with her niece. We got to talking and eventually the conversation landed on “what I did”. I told her about Paleo and she knew about it and told me her sister-in-law was Paleo. We continued to talk and as I was talking my passion about this stuff radiated through me…why deny it and turn away I thought? AND then not but a few hours later I was approached about the idea of Paleo catering and meal delivery in my local city. Hmmmm….things happen at the right time and sometimes when you need them the most. I need to keep a note close by that reads, DON”T GIVE UP ON YOUR PASSION AND YOUR DREAM!!! Sometimes you need a little kick in the butt to realize that you can’t give up!
Enough with my rambling words. What about a burger? With the weather warming up I have craved nothing but burgers on the grill lately. We made them twice this past weekend and I made these pork burgers last night with some leftover pesto I had in the refrigerator. They are easy to whip up and the tomatoes really make these in my humble opinion. But there is nothing wrong if you just don’t have it in you to saute them up. Either way, enjoy and I hope my rambling thoughts helped one of you out there in some small way.
Pesto Pork Burgers with Sauteed Cherry Tomatoes
1 pound ground pastured pork
2 tablespoons Paleo Pesto (recipe below)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
Paleo Spinach Pesto
2 cups baby spinach
1 cup fresh basil
1 clove garlic, sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
juice and zest of one lemon
sea salt and fresh pepper to taste
To make pesto: Blend everything together in a food processor until smooth. Stopping a few times to scrape down the sides of bowl. Taste and adjust, adding more salt, pepper, or olive oil, as necessary.
To make burgers: In a large bowl, add pork, pesto, and sea salt and use a fork to incorporate evenly together. Form pork mixture into 4 to 5 even patties. Allow the patties to sit for about 10 minutes covered while you preheat grill or grill pan. Allow the patties to absorb the flavor of the pesto by allowing them to sit. You can also form patties the night before and store in refrigerator. If you do this, just allow the burgers to sit out for 5-10 minutes before placing on the grill or grill pan.
Place burgers on grill or grill pan and allow to cook on one side 3 to 4 minutes until flipping to cook the other side.
To make tomato basil saute: In a medium nonstick skillet heated over medium heat add 1 teaspoon coconut oil or bacon grease. Allow the oil to melt and add tomatoes, basil, and minced garlic. Stir and allow the tomatoes to soften and burst with flavor. About 2 minutes.
Serve burgers with tomato mixture onto top.
Makes 4 to 5 burgers