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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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!

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

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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!

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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.

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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 –> http://nomnompaleo.com/post/3762844557/slow-cooker-korean-grass-fed-short-ribs

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Ingredients:

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.