Pom-Cranberry Sauce with Basil

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I was super excited when I began reintroducing some of my eliminated reaction class foods from the IgG test I did last summer. I felt like I “did my time” but wanted to be sure I treated the reintroductions like other eliminated foods on the autoimmune protocol so I armed myself with the tips and tools in Reintroducing Foods on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. I’m happy to report my cranberry reintroduction has gone well. So to celebrate this successful reintroduction, I wanted to create a new cranberry sauce.

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Duck Fat and Cracklings

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You may recall when preparing the Smoked Duck, I removed the skin {and therefore the fat} from the duck. I didn’t throw it away. *blasphemy* I popped it all in the fridge until morning when I would render its deliciousness…

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Smoked Duck {with an AIP-Friendly Duck Recipe Roundup!}

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The Mister brought home a duck. I know he would rather it have been one that he hunted *insert providing for family manly grunt here* BUT that was not what the universe had in store for us or our freezer. I’ve never had duck, let alone cooked it.

However we learned it’s not exactly a favored game meat in his circle of hunting coworkers. Many seemed to prefer to hunt duck purely for the hunt – not for the food. A couple of the guys even said we could have all the ducks they get {though that hasn’t happened yet, ha!}. This kind of blew my mind. Especially after hearing so many real food bloggers singing duck fat’s praises. It left me perplexed and intrigued with what I was about to experience for the first time.

While The Mister was out of town overnight for work I hatched a plan to surprise him with a smoked duck. Yes, I’m confident when using our smoker. Hear me roar! The night before, after the kids were in bed I started the prep. I knew there would be a few steps involved, including a brine and removing the skin and fat. Brining would be easy. But removing the skin {and the fat along with it} was much trickier than I thought it would be! I took my time, knowing I wanted minimal nicks in the actual duck meat. Slowly, but surely I had all the skin removed with the exception of the wings. I didn’t want to mess with the wings. I stood there looking at a mostly naked bird and felt impressed with my prep work considering I was a duck noob.

After a night of brining, the duck was ready for the smoker…

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Luv

Momma, if I have a tick infection, you have to give me some mouse bile, okay? {after reading Warriors Field Guide: Secrets of the Clans}

AIP Brownies

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It wasn’t long ago I was planning The Mister’s birthday dinner. He requested Roasted Leg of Lamb with Garlic Rosemary Sweet Potatoes and “just a chocolate cake”. *hangs head* It’s not often I bake anymore, but because #loveeg and all, I quickly lined up a recipe to tweak for him and the kids. The end result was a chocolate cake {using almond flour, dark chocolate, eggs, and pastured butter} topped with dark chocolate ganache AND chocolate whipped cream. I made three 6-inch cakes for them. La tee da!

Enough about the cakes!

Uh, but what about ME?! They’d be devouring primal chocolate-y goodness in front of me. And so, these AIP Brownies were born. The very first batch of brownies was made in two 6-inch cake pans and sliced like a cake. But for MY birthday just two weeks later, I made these brownies again – this time in proper square brownie fashion. *wink*

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Bugsy

Tank you much.

The Many Faces of Support

My little family has certainly had experience with explaining {even at times defending} our choices over the years, so when I first started the autoimmune protocol I was quickly reminded that there are many different types of support. And sometimes the lines are blurred as to what kind of supporter you’re interacting with.

Allow me to list The Many Faces of Support {tongue-in-cheek, of course}…

The Many Faces of Support

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Erin

Don’t throw me under the bus, unless you know how to drive it.