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Fun With Homemade Ground Pork

Happy Thanksgiving and welcome back to the blog. I’d like to give you some spiel about how I’ve been really busy and blah blah blah. That would be true, BUT, in all honesty the reason I haven’t been posting all that often is because I haven’t been eating all that well, so I didn’t have much to share. I’m trying to make a pretty good run from now until Christmas though, so hopefully I’ll be popping up a little more often.

This afternoon I was working at Reader Alli’s house at lunchtime, and she made me a delicious salad with turkey, ham, and bacon in it. Don’t worry, there were veggies too, and it was awesome. Thanks Alli 🙂

For tonight’s dinner, I wanted to get a little creative. We bought some really good grass fed beef from Missouri Grass Fed Beef and I had been contemplating meatballs. Now, I like my meatballs made with a half-beef, half-pork mixture, but sadly, we didn’t have any pastured pork on-hand and I haven’t made it over to the butcher shop lately. Then, inspiration struck when I was at Sam’s Club in the form of boneless pork loin chops, reduced for quick sale (RQS).

I brought them home and hooked up my Kitchen Aid’s Food Grinder Attachment. Then I ground up 1.5 pounds of pork, which was only 3 of those chops, mixed it with 1.5 pounds of the grass-fed beef, added garlic, onion, red pepper flakes, basil, oregano, and 3 pastured eggs.

I had previously been wrestling with what kind of binding to add to them. Under most circumstances, I’d just add bread crumbs–homemade if I was being fancy, shop ‘n save brand Italian flavored if I wasn’t. Breadcrumbs aren’t exactly primal, though, and I was trying to decide between almond and tapioca flours when I decided to give some grated fresh parmesan cheese a whirl. It worked perfectly. I then sauteed them in olive oil and dunked them in Primal-approved marinara sauce, and served them up with some greens and some green beans. Yummy!

However, that left me with 6 pork chops–and a idea. If I could grind the meat, how difficult could it be to make homemade sausage? So I ground up the rest of it, cleaned and sanitized the food grinder attachment, and after helping Claire with inverse trig functions (we Trebings really know how to whoop it up on a Tuesday night), I set about finding some recipes.

I made this recipe for Alsatian Breakfast Sausage. We are going to try it tomorrow with breakfast, but Katy and I had a sneak preview tonight and it was good. I would also consider cooking it and then serving it as an appetizer with a nice sharp cheddar and some apple. I left the 1/4 teaspoon sugar in it for the first try–it made 8 patties, so you’re talking 1/32 teaspoon per patty (1/8 grams carbohydrates).

I also found this recipe for Breakfast Sausage on the awesome but non-Primal blog Homesick Texan. I didn’t have the spices for it, so I will make it up tomorrow and try it and report back.

I am also considering tinkering with the spices and making up my own recipe, but I wanted to try a few established recipes first before venturing out on my own.

I would seriously consider making my own sausage on a regular basis…it’s easy, you can make it in bulk and freeze it, and you know what is or is not in it.  All good things!

If you’ve been reading my blog and thinking, “Hmmmm. Maybe I’ll give this a try…”

No, really.

Now is your chance!

Periodically, Mark Sisson from Mark’s Daily Apple starts a 30-Day Primal Challenge. Try it for 30 days, and see how you feel. There is one starting on Monday, September 12. I’m using it as my opportunity to buckle down a little and get rid of some of the carb creep. (It doesn’t hurt that this is starting right after the Holy Spirit Carnival, which is all kinds of hazardous for me!) But I’m happily offering myself up as an accountability partner to anyone who might want to try it, even more happily if you’re willing to be a blog guinea pig. 🙂

Here is a link to the challenge.

I’ve been rolling this around in my head the past couple days. It started out as a body-based reflection. When I see an outfit in a store, our put my clothes together for the day, I see in my head how I think I will look in it. I’m then slightly surprised–rarely for the better–when I see a picture of myself in that same outfit. That’s not how I thought I looked!

So I’ve been composing this blog post about how part of why I’m doing all this is so that the me I see in my head, and the me I see in pictures, are at least in theory close to being the same person. Then I got to thinking about how it’s really about so much more than that.

Confession time: when I was at Swift Base Camp with the Venture Crew this summer, one of the opportunities they had was to go rappelling. I thought it sounded really cool.  We took the hike to the base point, and as they took out the materials to make the harnesses, “I thought, oh no. I’ll never get that around me.” When they went climbing, I thought, “Yeah, right, like I could pull myself up the side of a cliff.”

But the person inside me was screaming, “Hell yeah! Let’s go!”

I’ve come to realize that yes, I want to be able to take pictures and then look at them and say, “Wow, that looks better than I thought!” But I also want to be able to rappel and climb and play lasertag and participate in rec night and not fidget and fuss with my clothes to make sure they’re sitting right and etc. The me inside me is ready to try damn near anything and is comfortable in her own skin. I can’t wait to let her out.

Speaking of pictures, tomorrow is the 1-month mark for the primal thing, so I’ll have a progress report ready to go. Unless I eat an entire turtle cheesecake tonight and sabotage the results, I’m pretty happy about the whole thing. See you tomorrow!

Everyone who knows me well knows three things about me:

1. I’m a pretty decent cook.

2. I’m a terrible housekeeper.

3. I love my family and friends, and for the most part, they love me.

This blog is my attempt to showcase the first, improve on the second, and have an audience because of the third.

We recently started following a paleo/primal diet and lifestyle, and that’s the focus of this blog, but I reserve the right to veer off-topic with little to no warning.

Are you looking for a good recipe? Want to see a picture of my living room so you can feel better about yours? Leave me a comment, and I’ll see what I can do.