I’m smack-dab in the middle of another week of zombie drug dealing graveyard shifts, but I’m still keeping one eye on the Internet. Here’s what’s piqued my interest this week.
But first: some shameless self-promotion!
Costco’s Got More Than Just T.P. For My Bunghole
Are you a card-carrying member of Costco? As a longtime Costco addict (who especially digs the unique products at Costco’s warehouse stores in Hawaii!), I was incredibly stoked to be interviewed for an article in the Costco Connection a few months ago. But nothing beats the news that our cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans, is now being sold in hundreds of Costco stores across North America!
The fact that people across the continent can pick up copies of our book (at a steep discount!) while stocking up on batteries, sweatpants, diapers, and ginormous tubes of hair gel gives me the warm fuzzies. If you spy our cookbook at your local Costco, please snap a pic and tag me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter—I will love you forever!
Plus: attention, fellow San Francisco Bay Area residents! Henry and I will be signing books at the Mountain View Costco on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 11am to 1pm! We’ll scribble in your books as you shop for Kerrygold butter, coconut oil, mac nuts, and other Paleo staples. Who knows? We might even hand out some of our exclusive Nom Nom Paleo action figures while we’re there. Click here to let us know if you’re planning to come say hello in Mountain View!
(Don’t worry: I promise not to inspect your shopping carts for packaged pasta and boxes of candy. I’ll leave it to my mini-minions to do the dirty work.)
Austin, Here I Come!
Speaking of book signings, I had a blast meeting folks in Denver, Naperville, and Chicago last week (and hanging out with friends like Juli, Diana, and others) — thanks to all of you who came to say hi!
Next, I’m heading back to Austin, Texas in early April for Paleo f(x); while I’m in town, I’ll be doing a mega-awesome joint Q&A and cookbook signing with my pals Melissa Joulwan, Diana Rodgers, and Arsy Vartanian at the Barnes and Noble at The Arboretum. Please come by and meet all of us on Thursday, April 10 at 7pm!
To RSVP and scope out all the deets, click here!
Bacteria Love Chocolate, Too
Now, onto the good stuff—and by “good stuff,” I mean CHOCOLATE!
Longtime readers of my blog know that I have a special place in my heart for super-dark chocolate. Luckily, it turns out that my daily indulgence is actually feeding the healthy bacteria in my gut. Researchers recently discovered that certain bacteria in our stomachs gobble up the chocolatey goodness and ferment it into compounds that reduce inflammation in cardiovascular tissue. Score!
If you choose to eat chocolate (HA! As if eating chocolate is a CHOICE), always make sure that it is ethically sourced. The amazing Tsh Oxenreider recently posted about the ugly side of chocolate production and the importance of supporting purveyors that produce chocolate the right way. My current faves are AlterEco Blackout and a recent discovery: Videri 90% Dark Chocolate Bar.
I am going to add this to the “Should do this someday” list. I just stumbled upon this great recipe for Chocolate Cake http://zenbellycatering.com/2013/02/13/no-joke-dark-chocolate-cake/#comment-4026 Plus, she takes a look at vegetarian chickens! She makes a very practical point.
Our chicks were started on the regular chicken feed for the first few weeks because we live in Iowa and the ground was still frozen. But, when the yard greened up and the chicks were bigger, they foraged. By mid-summer they were allowed from the lawn and apple trees into to our established garden. Soon we did not have to put out new feed because they were finding everything they wanted in our yard. I continued to throw out scratch grain just because I really think it is fun to call them in and watch them feed. I believe the majority of their diet was bugs. This helped lower the insect damage to our vegies.