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WIAW – June 26

Oh, long summer days. If only I could spend them outside. Nothing too exciting on the food front in today’s post, but here are the photos for your enjoyment 😊

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The standard breakfast of beef liver pΓ’tΓ©.

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Snacks! I had FAR too many pistachios, but they were mighty delicious.

I missed my lunch photo, but I had a salad with tons of veggies and avocado.

Dinner was tilapia, potatoes, and sauerkraut.

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Recipe: Beef Liver PΓ’tΓ©

If you have seen some of my recent What I Ate Wednesday posts, you may Β notice an over abundance of beef liver pΓ’tΓ©. I made this on a whim (and because I had 3 lbs of beef liver in the freezer) and I am completely in love. I followed this recipe as a general outline, but modified to be the one below. My favorite way to eat it so far is just with plantain crackers. However, I just got a new dehydrator (so excited!) so there may be some new cracker additions soon πŸ™‚

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of grass-fed beef liver, cut into thin slices or chunks. Mine came from US Wellness Meats
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2-3 Tbsp minced garlic (I like garlic A LOT)
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (balsamic or red wine vinegar would also taste great with this)
  • 1-1.5 Tbsp rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ~1 cup total of olive oil and coconut oil or bacon fat

Directions

  1. Fry the liver and onions in ~2 Tbsp of the coconut oil or bacon fat (or lard or duck fat…but not the olive oil).
  2. When the onions are caramelized and the liver is cooked through, add the garlic, cider vinegar, rosemary, and thyme.
  3. Cook for a few more minutes until the liquid from the vinegar is reduced.
  4. Remove from heat and let it cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a food processor with 1/4-1/2 cup of olive oil or coconut oil.
  5. Process until smooth, adding the remaining olive or coconut oil as you go to give a moist, creamy final product.
  6. Portion into containers for freezing. I split mine in half (I started with a 1-lb liver), so one liver makes two-weeks worth of breakfast for me.

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When I first started moving toward real food, I never thought I would end up making my own pΓ’tΓ©. So far, it is my favorite way to eat liver.

What is your favorite way to eat liver?


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WIAW – June 12

And, I’m back on track! Nothing too exciting for what I ate today, but I am happy to be back on track with my blog posts, and I am VERY happy to have this awesome summer weather. We are hitting mid-90’s temperatures with some classic STL humidity, and it feels wonderful. I am definitely looking for every excuse to go outside during the day.

Breakfast- so in love with this beef liver pate….can’t help it (recipe coming soon).

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Lunch- leftover veggie hash from dinner last night: sweet potato, onion, brussels sprouts, asparagus, mushrooms, and carrots with canned salmon.

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Snacks- a banana and some homemade apple chips from my new dehydrator!

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Dinner-a wedge salad with bacon, asparagus, carrots, and some rotisserie chicken from whole foods

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Where have I been—Vacation Edition!

It has been a few crazy weeks (including some super lazy time that did not lend itself to computering). I am definitely behind on writing What I Ate Wednesday posts and on posting recipes, but I’m back :)! I used Memorial Day weekend as one of those really rare “do nothing” weekends. My girlfriend visits her family once or twice a year, and when she goes out of town, I turn into a total hermit. Over Memorial Day weekend I read an entire book from the Game of Thrones series…which is about 1000 pages! I literally read for 16 hours one day. It was the most amazing thing ever. I’ve made it to the 5th book in the series, and I’m not really sure what I will do with myself once I finish…maybe clean my apartment? (hahaha)

After a relaxing Memorial Day, I had three crazy days of work and then my real vacation, which also involved a lot of sitting and reading….this is probably why my girlfriend and I get along so well. We took a little road trip to Atlanta, so today’s post is a little photo collection of our trip πŸ™‚

Before we even hit Georgia, the cast iron factory outlet was our first stop. You can buyed “damaged” (read: barely scratched) products for a discount, so we added a dutch oven and a new 12-inch skillet to our cast iron collection.

Cast iron factory outlet??? Heck yeah!

Cast iron factory outlet??? Heck yeah!

Our main reason for going to Atlanta was for the Fall Out Boy concert, and we even got an autograph after.

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squee! Pete Wentz!

I was also really excited about visiting the aquarium. I think I could sit and stare at fish all day. One of my favorite animals to see were these asian otters. They are like tiny cat versions of regular otters!

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These jellyfish were also pretty cool. They phosphoresce the color of the light that is shining.

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And, what is a vacation without food? Well, I would usually say that not eating out on vacation is pretty typical for us. However, Atlanta has Ted’s Montana Grill. This restaurant is brilliant with handling food allergies, and any restaurant that serves bison steak is on my list of places to eat. I actually ate the same thing all three times we went there (wedge salad, bison steak, asparagus, and baked potato), but it was so delicious and the wait staff even made sure to only offer desserts that we could both eat.

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holy crazy yum, batman!

I ended my vacation week by making another short drive to see my niece’s dance recital. She was super adorable, but this pic is the one that really sums up her personality.

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And now, back to work! Having an entire week off was definitely necessary for a little battery recharge. I hope everyone is having a good start to summer. Any fun vacation plans out there?