Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #76

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I know everyone across the Atlantic is gearing up for Thanksgiving—and I have some helpful posts coming for you tomorrow to help you prepare—but we’re celebrating a little early over here in Prague. On Saturday, it’s St. Martin’s Day! It’s a celebration of Saint Martin of Tours. He was born in Hungary, but became a Roman soldier—and was later baptized and became a monk. Eventually he was ordained the Bishop of Tours, Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week – Anniversary Edition

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In honor of the one-year anniversary (!) of my cookbook Well Fed Weeknights, this week’s collection of recipes is a roundup of crazy-good meals from the book. It’s a dozen recipes, and I gotta tell you: I love every one of them. Bonus: All of these recipes can be made in 45 minutes or less! But if I’ve got you trained to do a Weekly Cookup, do not despair! As you know if you already own Well Fed Weeknights—and really, if you don’t, Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #74

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It’s my favorite time of year again! The leaves are colorful and crunchy underfoot. The skies are moody, and wind whistles around the corners. Witches, werewolves, vampires, and ghosts are really owning their awesomeness. And Dave and I moved straight into vampire territory. Or, at least, I amuse myself by thinking so as I clack along the cobblestones in the dusk. I’m reading an engrossing and emotional book called The Comet Seekers—I Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #73

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I’ve been mentally writing a blog post about how I’m doing meal planning and Weekly Cookup, now that my refrigerator capacity is about one-third what it used to be. Our fridge is so tiny! That blog post is still a work-in-progress, but I can tell you that I can fit about two days’ worth of food in our fridge before I have to reload, so my habit now is to alternate between big-batch foods that taste even better when they sit for Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #71

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Buongiorno, my friends! Dave and I are heading to Venice for a vacation tomorrow. I know it might seem like we’re on vacation all the time because we moved to Prague, and it’s very romantic and adventurous and awesome. And life in Prague is all of those adjectives, but we’re not on vacation all the time. There’s work and cooking and errands and conference calls and—today’s special treat—meeting with accountants. But Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #70

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Dave and I are in a small trough of rest between my parents’ visit to Prague and our upcoming trip to Venice—where we’ll explore for a few days on our own, then be reunited with my mom and dad for a bit before they head back to the States. We’re resting a lot, reading great books (currently very enthralled with REAMDE by Neal Stephenson), and eating healthy food after the beer-cake-schnitzel apocalypse of the last 10 days. (I Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #69

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As you’re reading this, my parents are visiting us in the Czech Republic for the first time. In fact, right now, this minute, we’re on a little get-away to the town of Český Krumlov, probably sitting by the river and—I hope—eating some lovely dark chocolate and sipping a decaf americano. The town of Český Krumlov looks like it popped off the pages of a fairytale. See? As you know, my family loves to eat, so we’ve taken my Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #68

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We’ve been planning it since before Dave and I even moved to Prague. It necessitated the creation of a 6-page notated itinerary and 15 reservations. And it is awesome. It’s the Epic Prague Staycation. It starts tomorrow when my parents arrive in Prague! We’re taking them to many of our favorite places: Vyšehrad, the farmer’s market, Café Savoy, Český Krumlov—plus the must-see spots in Prague that are still a treat for us: Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #67

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I had a pretty big adventure last week! The headline is: I’m fine, and dehydration is really bad. I caught some kind of stomach virus last Sunday night/Monday morning, and by midday Monday, I was down for the count. I had an elevated temperature (102.2F), nausea, headache, body aches… the whole schlemiel. I couldn’t even keep water in my tummy, and that leads to Very Bad Things. Like crying and rapid breathing and tingling in Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #66

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The temperatures have cooled off here in Prague, and now I want to eat all the things. It’s such a relief to have my appetite back. That was scary! I mean, who ever heard of a cookbook author that doesn’t want to eat?! Now that I feel like stuffing food into my mouth again, I’ve collected recipes that I think are particularly tempting because they embody contrasts: sweet and savory, hot and cool, healthy and delicious. Wishing Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #65

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We’re melting in Prague this week! It hit the low 90s (34C!) and now it’s hovering in the high-and-humid 80s. This makes me wilty and grumpy. Even a walk along the river couldn’t turn my day around yesterday because every step was a burning inferno. I’ve been spending as much time as possible reading a book directly in front of the fan. I’ve currently got three books going at once: The Secret History of Jane Eyre Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #64

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I finally found the right gym for me here in Prague, and last week, I lifted heavy things for the first time in—I’m embarrassed to say how long it’s been, but since I’m among friends—eight months. It felt great to get under the barbell and play with the kettlebells. It’s comforting to know the language might be different and the weights are in kilograms, but the barbell across my shoulders feels just the same. It was both challenging and Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #63

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We spent last week in Berlin, visiting one of our favorite people (Hi, Tillie!), immersing ourselves in history, and eating all the food. Currywurst! Nutella! Vietnamese pho! Thai Curry! Roasted pork knuckle and sauerkraut! (And cake… ssshhhh.) Read all about our Berlin adventures here (including Turkish food at Defne. So good so good so good.). It’s such a delight to eat food from one country while surrounded by the language of another. Since I Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #62

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I had way too much fun last week—and it was awesome. (Or, as I’d say in Czech: Super! Výborný!) The Cult show at the Roxy put an extra bit of attitude in my step when I went walking on the naplavka with my headphones in my ears. But that meant I was playing catch-up with food and rest all week. And now we’re on our way to Berlin—I’m actually writing this on a big yellow autobus on the highway between Prague and Berlin—to visit a dear friend for Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #61

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Whelp. I’m tired again (still?!).  Due to a quirk in scheduling—rather than a deliberate intention to see a lot of live music and stay up late all during one thrilling week—since last Tuesday, we’ve seen Foo Fighters at the O2 Arena, the stage version of Amadeus with live orchestra (in the theater where Mozart premiered “Don Giovani” in 1787 and the film Amadeus was shot [!]), and The Cult in a basement rock club. Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #60

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It’s been another week of new things and fun things! I met a friend-of-a-friend for ginger lemonade, went to a free yoga class at 7:00 a.m. at the top of Vyšehrad, screamed and danced at a Foo Fighters concert at the O2 arena (so fun and easy to just take the metro!), and successfully ordered my whole meal in Czech at a restaurant. And now my introversion wants me to sit still and be quiet. Which is actually kind of nice because I’m Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #59

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We’ve hit a very summery stretch of weather here in Prague—clear, sunny skies and temps in the 80s (and now I know how to turn that into Celsius! Subtract 50 and divide by 2 for a rough approximation). I’ve been relying on salads, slow cooker recipes, and picnic foods to help us stay cool at meal time. Every day is a good day for a picnic! Last night, Dave and I packed a charcuterie picnic (little sausages, pepperoni sticks, a slice of paté, a Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #58

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I’d been trying not to think about it. The paperwork had been collected and notarized, the interview had been conducted, the fee had been paid. All that was left to do was wait and try to be patient. Then, on Monday, when I got home from a long walk around Prague with a dear friend, I got the news: Our visas were approved! We’re official residents of the Czech Republic for one glorious year. YAY! For now, I’m putting out of my mind the eventual Read more

Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #57

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Today’s lesson in Czech class focused on ordering food and drinks in restaurants—a topic in which I am passionately interested. For homework tonight, we have to write a restaurant scene with dialogue between a customer (host) and server (číšník or servirka). You guys, I’m so excited about making up my pretend Czech restaurant menu! There will definitely be a soup course and some beer snacks and dessert. I mean, it’s my pretend Read more

Five Paleo Dinners to Cook Next Week #55

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One of the things that’s great about being back in a city is all the international food! Yes, I love Czech food—roasted duck, roasted pork, lots of cabbage, pickled vegetables, potatoes—but Prague has also been charming and tempting me with cuisine from around the globe: Thai, Chinese, Turkish, Balkan, French, British. It’s like a super-classy international food court at the prettiest mall on the planet. So this week, I’ve pulled together a Read more