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Time for my first giveaway - a copy of The Paleo Foodie by Arsy Vartanian! I know there is at least one of you out there who wants to win a copy of this great cookbook! All you have to do is enter using the entry form below. Im leaving the sweepstakes open until 9am (Pacific Time) on Thursday the 16th of October.

UPDATE: Congratulations Julie M! You are the winner!! I have emailed you to collect your mailing address.

Friends and family often ask me where I learned how to cook such great food. And when mentioning to clients how I never used to cook, they too ask me how I picked up the skill. I wish I could say that I was born with the Chef Genius genetics, or that I was a Kitchen Wizard. But, the truth of the matter is there are some fantastic cookbooks out there for learning how to cook with real foods that make it all very easy. In the meantime, I have now become one of those cookbook junkies.  But all of my kitchen skills have come from these cookbooks and just practicing each day. Over time, my cooking skills have really improved! Just ask my husband. He has countless stories of nearly burning down the kitchen and ER visits! While common occurrences before, those days are very rare for me now. Thank goodness!

One of those great cookbooks I learned from is the Paleo Foodie Cookbook by my friend Arsy Vartanian of Rubies & Radishes fame. I have made many of the recipes out of Arsy's book (and her other one The Paleo Slow Cooker) and each one of them is delicious! I made her Osso Bucco this past week for guests and they raved about it all evening! Super yummy.

In the meantime, if you too want to look like a Kitchen Wizard or show off some of you Chef Genius genetics, Arsy is allowing me to reprint the Osso Buco recipe from Paleo Foodie. Sooo good!!

Image courtesy of Arsy Vartanian

Image courtesy of Arsy Vartanian

Osso Buco


There are many reasons to love osso buco, one being the delectable marrow in the center that adds a delicious richness to the sauce. What makes this dish for me, though, is the gremolata, a garnish typically made from chopped parsley, garlic and lemon zest. I love how the fresh flavors of the herbs brighten up a luscious meal.

Traditionally this dish is made with veal, but if you don’t have access to humanely raised veal, then beef shanks will work, too!

{Toréa's Note: To make this AIP friendly, leave out the pine nuts in the Gremolata and substitute the tomato paste with 2 T of fish sauce.}


1 cup/40 g fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tbsp/20 g pine nuts
2 small cloves garlic or 1 large clove
zest of 1 lemon
1 tbsp/15 ml fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp/30 ml extra-virgin olive oil 
1⁄4 tsp sea salt
1⁄4 tsp pepper

2 lbs/900 g veal shanks or beef shanks
sea salt and pepper
3 tbsp/43 g ghee
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
2 tbsp/30 ml tomato paste (preferably from a jar)
1⁄2 cup/120 ml white wine
1 cup/235 ml Beef Broth 


To make the gremolata, combine all of the ingredients (parsley, pine nuts, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil) in a food processor and pulse until well combined but still chunky. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Generously season the veal with salt and pepper. Melt the ghee in a heavy-bottomed pan or a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the shanks and cook until browned on all sides. Set veal aside and add onion to the pan. Cook until onions are tender, about 10 minutes. Add garlic, carrots and celery and cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste, then add wine and use a wooden spoon to scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the shanks back to the pan, along with the beef broth. Cover and simmer over low heat for 11⁄2 hours or until meat is tender, occasionally basting the shanks. To serve, arrange the shanks on dinner plates, spoon a generous amount of sauce from the pan over them, and sprinkle them with gremolata. 


Make this dish this week, and I promise you will want to enter my sweepstakes to win a copy for yourself. If you already have your own copy, enter anyway for a great holiday gift or send your friends over to enter to win a copy for themselves! If you enter, make sure to leave me a comment on why you would want Arsy's book