France and Engagement

Hello my followers!

Again, I have taken a long hiatus from blogging, but again, I have a good excuse! My boyfriend, now fiancee, and I took a long trip to France. For the first 7 days, we were on a river cruise up and down the Seine River, and for the last 4 days, we stayed in Paris to experience some culture on our own.

We saw one of Claude Monet’s homes and his famous Giverny gardens.


Day 2 was Rouen, France; the capital of Upper Normandy famous for its connection to Joan of Arc and her burning site.


It was a long trip to the American Normandy landing beaches, but it was worth it; a very moving experience.




The next day, we were still very, very jet-lagged and tired from our trek throughout Normandy. So instead of exploring Les Andelys, we observed the view from the hot tub.


Chateau Malmaisson, (where Josephine and Napoleon lived) was interesting, but paled in comparison to the Palace of Versailles.


After our amazing cruise, we stayed in Paris a few extra days in Port de Clichy. We walked to Sacre Couer the first day.


Our next day was spent in downtown Paris at the Arc de Triomphe, Musee d’Orsay, and Pont de Arts aka “locks of love” bridge where my boyfriend proposed!


And of course we had to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle.


So you see, I’ve been busy. Now I have a wedding to plan, but I should be able to keep up a little better with my blog!


My apologies!

I haven’t posted since Thanksgiving! It’s been a while. I do have a fantastic excuse though! I received my doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh! I successfully defended my dissertation on April 8, and I am now Dr. Zacherl!



My presentation went very well, but the committee questioning was rough! I guess grilling the grad student is sort of a hazing to allow new people to become colleagues. I’m glad they sent my family and friends out of the room for that.


They worked me over so badly that all I ate was (paleo) cookie for the rest of the day! And a few celebratory beers! Anyway, I’m back to blogging! Thanks for waiting up!

Paleo Korean Short Ribs – SLOW COOKER

Since I missed recipe Saturday, I’m going to do it today because it seems to be everyone’s favorite. This short rib recipe is adapted from NomNom Paleo –>



2 pounds grass-fed short ribs
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
1/2 medium pear or Asian pear, peeled, cored, and chopped
1/4 cup coconut aminos
3 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
3 scallions, roughly chopped
1 teaspoons of Red Boat fish sauce
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup organic chicken broth

1 teaspoon arrowroot powder

Small handful of roughly chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat broiler, and place a rack six inches below the heating element. Season ribs liberally with S&P and broil for 5 minutes on each side. Then stack them on their ends in a slow cooker. I have a small slow cooker, so 2 pounds of ribs fit snuggly. You can cook more ribs in a traditionally sized slow cooker. Combine the pear, coconut aminos, garlic, scallions, fish sauce, and vinegar in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour the sauce and the chicken broth over the ribs in the slow cooker, and cook on low for ~9 hours. When finished, remove the meat and let the broth settle. The fat layer will come to the top. This can be skimmed off and frozen for later cooking. I added some arrowroot powder to the broth to thicken it a bit. Serve over mashed cauliflower “rice” with fresh chopped cilantro.

Serves 2 really hungry people. Might stretch to 3.

My Birthday

Yesterday was my birthday. So I felt great during the day. My friends treated me to a mix of various beers and liquors last night, so today I feel awful. I’m going to celebrate by resting my head on my desk instead of doing research for a post. But I will say one thing. 

Remember that paleo is a lifestyle, and cheating is bad. However, don’t forget to live and enjoy your life. Plan out these celebration days, make them special, then get back on track.