Paleo Chai Latte with Derek Zoolander

Posted on Oct 22, 2014 | 0 comments

Today’s Halloween episode accompanies a delicious recipe for a Paleo (dairy free) chai latte—there are four ways you can spin this one:

  1. Use almond milk instead of coconut (or a combo) for a lighter touch.
  2. Use any kind of loose black tea you have (and not a tea bag) and strain with the other ingredients.
  3. Grind fresh cardamom seeds, clove, and half a cinnamon stick instead of using ground.
  4. Steep these same ingredients (without the tea) and add to decaf or regular coffee and refrigerate for a “ cold dirty chai.”

IMPORTANT NOTE: I went lighter on the sugar in the recipe than I did in the video. You might not find this sweet enough for your taste. If that’s the case, you know what to do. 

Paleo Chai Latte
Creamy, decadent, soothing, and perfect for winter or the chill of fall's early days. Practically dessert in a cup.
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  1. 1 13.5 oz can of coconut milk
  2. 13.5 can of water (use the old can of coconut milk, and
  3. 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  4. 2 tsp ground cardamon
  5. 2 tsp coconut sugar
  6. 1 inch of fresh ginger, grated
  7. 2 decaf earl grey tea bags (I used the Stash bag)
  8. *you can use any kind of black tea you like
  1. Pour the milk, water, spices, sugar, and grated ginger into a medium sized saucepan over medium heat.
  2. If making it with the tea, add the tea bags and let the whole thing simmer until the tea is well steeped, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Strain it through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth, and enjoy!
  1. Add more sugar if you like it sweeter.
  2. I made this chai the way I imagine Zoolander would make it, not the way I normally would (doing everything by hand from scratch). I was surprised at how delicious it turned out in spite of this. You can use loose black tea, or hold the tea and add this same mixture to coffee for a “dirty chai.” You’ll see some ingredients that might seem strange, but trust me, it was yummy.
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Teaser for Next Week’s Halloween Episode

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 | 1 comment

If you’re subscribed to the newsletter, today you’ll be getting a never before released recipe for healthy cashew honey butter cups–a paleo take on peanut butter cups as a healthy alternative to Halloween candy this year. Be sure to sign up on the right hand side of this page in order to never miss an exclusive recipe like this one. 

Next week’s special “character” episode is something I’ve dreamt of doing since I first started the show, and I’m so excited to be sharing it with all of you. Stay tuned! 

Teaser Hint for Next Week’s Halloween Episode

See you next week with another video recipe. 

Ciao XO

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Maple Glazed Root Veggies

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 | 1 comment

Today I share the story of how I got sick, and some more background, reflections, and meditations on the journey through the newsletter. Sign up (to your right) to never miss an update; today’s will go out half hour after the episode goes live, so you won’t miss the loop. 

My recipe card plugin is broken as of now, so I’m posting recipes the old school way. Forgive the delay in getting in fixed. I’m working on it!


 This recipe is from Jenny McGruther’s The Nourished Kitchen, a must-have Weston A. Price style cookbook for your home. 


Jenny recommends serving these as a side dish (after eating them, I think they’d pair well with pork mains), or alongside breakfast’s favorite: bacon + eggs. I can see why: they’re made with OJ and maple syrup, two flavors you find at the breakfast table. I fell in love with them mixed into a bed of frisee and/or radicchio, bacon, and a poached egg. See this recipe for an idea of how to incorporate them.


  • 1 bunch of rainbow carrots, peeled
  • 3 large parsnips, peeled
  • 1.5 cup freshly squeeze orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons ghee or clarified butter
  • 2 Tablespoons organic grade b maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Celtic Sea Salt, to taste


  1. Heat a large cast iron skillet over high heat, and melt the ghee until it’s glimmering.
  2. Add the vegetables, and lower the heat to medium, making sure to toss them in the pan until they are all well coated.
  3. Let cook until the edges begin to brown and caramelize.
  4. Add the freshly squeezed orange juice and maple syrup, and let cook until the liquid is almost all evaporated.
  5. Sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves, and serve.

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Gluten Free Cornbread

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 | 0 comments

To read the article on Comfort Food that I wrote for Jamie Oliver’s website that accompanies today’s recipe, sign up for the newsletter and it’ll be delivered to your inbox today at 3pm Pacific time. Or, check out the recipe below if you’re here because you got the letter :)

(While the recipe plugin is broken, I’m giving you the recipe here instead. Hopefully  I’ll get it sorted sooner than later. Sorry for the strange formatting).  



  • 1 1/2 cups Gluten Free All purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (buttermilk, whole milk, or almond milk work great)
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp bacon fat (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400.
  2. Grease a medium sized cast iron skillet (or 8×8 baking dish if you don’t have a cast iron) with bacon grease or butter, and place inside the oven while you prep the other ingredients.
  3.  In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk until well combined.
  4.  Melt the butter, ad let it cool slightly while you whisk together the eggs and milk in a separate bowl. Once the butter is sufficiently cool, add it to the wet ingredients.
  5.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir together with a wooden spoon or spatula. Don’t overmix, but let everything become incorporated.
  6.  Remove the cast iron skillet (or baking dish) from the oven with oven mitts, and pour the batter in. Turn the oven down to 350 and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is brown and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7.  Let cool slightly before slicing and serving.
  8.  Enjoy! Serve with butter and honey for maximum comfort food feeling :)

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Dried Cranberry-Jeweled Pumpkin Pecan Granola

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 | 2 comments

This week, we’re making a seasonal granola and I’m telling you the story of a time in my life that involved a very close relationship with a wig named Desire. 

In the interest of economy, some details were left out of the video, but signed up for the newsletter and you won’t miss a thing.

(My recipe card plugin isn’t working, so in lieu of that I’m going to give you the recipe here listed out until I can get it fixed. Sorry for the wonky formatting, and hopefully we’ll be up and running again soon). 


The spiced pumpkin puree is canned pumpkin puree with nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove added to it. If you don’t have this, use regular pumpkin puree and add the above spices to your taste.

This recipe was inspired by Sarah Forte of The Sprouted Kitchen



  • 2 cups gluten free certified oats
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp Celtic sea salt
  • 1/3 cup organic maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup spiced pumpkin puree
  • 2.5 Tbsp coconut oil or butter
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 325.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients (except the cranberries) together in a large mixing bowl, and add all of the wet ingredients. Mix until everything is evenly coasted.
  3. Spread the mixture onto a baking pan in an even layer, and bake for about 35-45 minutes–checking it halfway through to be sure it’s not drying unevenly.
  4. If one section looks darker, mix it up and turn the baking sheet around to keep the heat evenly distributing.
  5. Once the granola is dark brown and very crispy, remove from the oven and let cool.
  6. Add the cranberries once it’s cool to the touch, and store in an airtight container like a mason jar or pyrex bowl. It’ll keep for about 2.5 weeks.

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Waffles (Gluten+Dairy Free)

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 | 0 comments

The fall is upon us and warm(er) foods begin dictating our desires. Regardless of the gluten/dairy free nature of these (delicious) bad boys, I still consider this a dessert food. But do you. If they grace your table for a special occasion Sunday brunch, the world will not be worse off. 

Today’s episode comes with an especially vulnerable backstory that I have never shared publicly, and will be accessible only to email newsletter subscribers. If you’re interested in getting weekly updates that include stories, inspiration, tips/tricks for cooking (with chronic illness or not), and additional recipes, do sign up. As of now, I only have things to give you (not sell you), and you can unsubscribe at any time. 

I hope you enjoy these, and stay tuned! I may do a grain free version for the paleo/gaps folks soon. Cheers!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Waffles
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For the Dry
  1. 8 ounces homemade gluten free flour mix
  2. 2 Tbsp sugar
  3. 2 tsp bakin powder
  4. 1 tsp sea salt
  5. 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
For the Wet
  1. 8 ounces almond milk
  2. 2 large eggs
  3. 2 ounces butter (1/2 stick, melted)
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  1. Preheat your waffle iron.
  2. Combine dry ingredients into a bowl and mix.
  3. Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl, and whisk together until eggs are fully beaten. Add to the dry ingredients.
  4. Stir to combine until a batter is formed; add the chocolate chips and more almond milk (1 Tbsp at a time) if you want the batter to be thinner (for pancakes).
  5. Pour batter into your preheated waffle iron, and wait until the magic beep goes off.
  6. Serve!
  1. This is sweet enough (for me) due to the presence of the chocolate chips, coconut sugar, and cinnamon in the batter. If it's not sweet enough for you, go to town with butter, syrup, and a few extra chocolate chips as a finishing garnish.
  2. Roasting your own pumpkin with butter and cinnamon and pureeing it for the batter adds a “real-foods touch” that can’t be beat.
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Cool Refreshing Fennel Slaw

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 | 0 comments

This season we’re giving the cold cabbage salad known as cole slaw a makeover with this fresh, fabulous, “fen-nom-nom” favorite: fennel slaw. 

Fresh Fennel Slaw
Serves 4
Freshly shredded fennel, meyer lemon zest + juice, a glug of good quality olive oil, salt, and parm reg cheese does the trick. Add some freshly chopped basil and parsley for a color pop, and voila- a new take on an old classic.
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  1. 1 large fennel bulb
  2. 1/2 meyer lemon (zest + juice)
  3. 1/4 cup fresh herbs, chopped (basil + parsley are recommended)
  4. 3 Tbsp good quality extra virgin olive oil
  5. 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (optional, to taste)
  6. salt (to taste)
  1. Shred the fennel bulb on a mandolin, or, slice as thinly as you can by hand. (A good chef's knife will make easy work of this).
  2. Add the zest and juice of the lemon, chopped herbs, seasoning, olive oil, and cheese.
  3. Toss, and serve fresh.
  1. BBQ shrimp skewers would pair swoon-ing-ly well.
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