Yassa Poulet (Senegalese Grilled Chicken)

The Domestic Man

Gluten-Free, Paleo, Perfect Health Diet

Yassa Poulet (sometimes called Chicken Yassa) is a West African dish originally from Senegal, characterized by its spicy marinade of peppers, lemon, and onions. I was initially drawn to this dish because the marinade uses a crazy amount of onions, and they’re not wasted; instead, they are recombined with the chicken during cooking.

Many traditional recipes call for the chicken to be browned in a skillet and then braised with the marinade until tender. That sounds good, but our nice summer weather always compels me to grill, which left me with a conundrum; how do I reincorporate the onions into this dish after grilling? The answer turned out to be simple – caramelize the onions while the chicken is on the grill. Combining the sweet, delicate flavor of the caramelized onions and the bright, crispy grilled chicken was a pretty awesome move.

I’ve also found that this makes a…

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The Domestic Man

Gluten-Free, Paleo, Perfect Health Diet

Mofongo is a Puerto Rican dish made with fried and smashed plantains. It is related to the West African staple starch dish called Fufu, originally made with yuca; slaves sent to the Caribbean originally brought this dish across the Atlantic.

Fufu made it into several Caribbean cuisines, with varying levels of alteration. In Cuba, it is known as Fufu de Platano, and in the Dominican Republic it carries the name Mangú. In Puerto Rico, it is almost always made with plantains, but yuca and breadfruit variations exist. The plantains are typically smashed using a wooden mortar and pestle called a pilon, and sometimes served directly in the pilon. My stone mortar and pestle gets the job done nicely.

There are many ways to enjoy Mofongo. It is often dipped in chicken broth or a sauce made with mayonnaise and ketchup (aptly called “mayoketchup”), or served with…

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Exclusive Huggies® Products at Costco!

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Foodie Friday: Fresh Greens

I have no picture because it’s been a whirlwind of a day (in a good way) but I started my day after dropping off my kid at school and starting the bubble machine in the backyard for the little one, by thinning out the greens from my little garden in the back. I got some wild arugula a while back from my friend who runs Camarillo Seeds, and they still had roots on them. so I ate half and replanted the other half in my backyard. They have taken off! These arugula are different from the kinds I usually buy. They are extra spicy and peppery! So good! I also thinned out my Swiss chard and had big beautiful leaves. Tonight with a pizza dinner, I quickly sautéed these greens as well as some spinach grown by my next door neighbors. I made a warm green salad with some chèvre and it was sooo delicious and nutritious! I could feel the nutrition enter my body. I hope some of you know that exact feeling I’m talking about!

Foodie Friday

I’ve decided that I’m going to dedicate Fridays to at least one food post. This is not to limit any other food posts throughout the rest of the week but to keep part of my focus on food, since it’s a major part of my life. Today I’m going to post about San Marzano canned tomatoes. These are tomatoes from the San Marzano region in Italy and they are canned with basil so it gives it a really multidimensional and sweeter taste. We’ve been making our own marinara sauce for a while now, but we switched to this variety of canned tomato because, quite frankly, it tastes better! It’s also quicker and is less expensive. While it still takes liger than just popping open a jar of Ragu, the result is infinitely better! Only takes about an hour with sautéed onions and garlic and any other herbs or other veggies you’d like to add-cook them all down, salt and pepper, some smoked paprika, and BAM! Delicious marinara!

Tonight our daughter made dinner-the marinara using these delicious Dan Marzano tomatoes! Needless to say, not too many leftovers. 🙂


From Food Blog to Cookbook: The Domestic Man

You MUST check out his blog. Really enlightening!

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Russ Crandall Russ Crandall established his blog,  The Domestic Man to chronicle his culinary and gardening adventures and a lifestyle modeled after the Paleo diet, which focuses on natural, unprocessed foods. Over the years, his recipes have evolved to focus on fundamental, traditional, and historically relevant meals.

Today, we’re happy to announce the release of his cookbook of the same name, The Domestic Man, which pairs recipes with short histories of dishes — and mouth-watering full-page photographs. The cookbook is for both novice and experienced chefs, Paleo eaters looking beyond the traditional Paleo diet, and people who want to test out the Paleo way.

We chatted with Russ about the blog-to-book process — and his food photography tips, too.

Tell us how your blog was born.

My wife and I moved into a house of our own in 2008. Having spent the past ten years living with roommates or relatives…

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Sick Toddler and Self Realization

My littlest one was sick this week. The picture is when he started to feel a bit better, sitting in the cozy and warm “throne” I made him. I’m always busy here at home, often working, which is very difficult when this little guy is in mommy mode. As all you parents know, when a child is not feeling well, he just wants his mommy! Well earlier in the week I was frustrated with this dynamic. I felt bad for him but I was also trying hard I keep up with my schedule. Begrudgingly, I stopped working to nurse him and get him to sleep. I didn’t get any sleep that night, as he kept waking up congested and coughing and crying for milk. I only fell into a deep sleep as the sun was coming up. I must have slept for less than an hour, but the nightmare I had felt longer.
I dreamed that somehow when I had Rocky, drugged up during the C section, I had actually had twins, and that my second baby was taken away without me knowing. I was reunited with him in my dream-now a toddler, looking just like Rocky. I’m pretty sure this “twin” thing was just to protect my heart from the heartbreak that was coming. In my dream I was holding him for a bit but had this pulling feeling if needing to get to an audition. (I’m not an actor, but I guess in my dream I was auditioning for something. But the feeling that I had other things I needed to do was the same as in my real life.) As I was pulling away, he pulled my far toward him. I told him, “I love you!” Like I often tell Rocky. I had sill been waiting for him to repeat it. Then this twin clearly said, “I love you, Mama!” I was so happy and I held him. As I held him and was looking at his face, something went wrong. The life left his face. He died in my arms. I started crying so hard, I felt I couldn’t breathe. I cried so hard that I woke up. And in my bed, I’m holding onto Rocky crying and crying. My older two came in and comforted me when I told them a very short version of what I had just experienced, still not fully realizing that it wasn’t my reality. Even as I type this, there are tears flowing from my eyes.
After that dream, I spent a lot of time with my sick little guy, lots if hugs and kisses, no frustration wen he wanted to nurse, I spent extra attention to keeping him well fed and baked gluten free brownies and made him some more orange juice. Doting on him, wiping his nose and continuously applying kids Cherry Vapo Rub. I still got work done, but I was reminded that I work from home for my kids, that he’s not in the way of work. Sometimes even the best parents need a reminder of what’s important. By the end of the day, he was feeling tons better, and more than just physically better, I could tell that he was happier and felt more loved. I slept much better that night.

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