Enter to Win: Surf & Turf Online Cooking Class

by Ann Marie Michaels on July 30, 2010

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I’m excited to announce that I’m going to be teaching an online cooking class starting Wednesday August 18, 2010. It’s called Surf & Turf: Cooking Wild Seafood and Grass-fed Meats. And I’m giving away two spots in the class!

Did You Know…

  • Omega-3 fatty acids in seafood and grass-fed meats can prevent depression and Alzheimer’s disease?
  • Pregnant and nursing mothers eating seafood and grass-fed meats can increase their children’s IQ and prevent ADD?
  • According to Julia Ross, author of The Mood Cure, we need to eat 20-30 grams of protein three times a day — just to maintain our current brain chemistry?

How Much Fish are You Eating?

The Harvard School of Public Health says we should be eating fish at least twice a week – and this applies especially to pregnant and nursing mothers and small children. Unfortunately, nearly half of Americans eat seafood only occasionally — or not at all.

Can’t I Just Take Fish Oil Capsules?

Nope. According to Chris Kresser at The Healthy Skeptic blog, “It appears that the presence of other fats in the fish activates processes required to absorb the EPA and DHA properly. This explains why the EPA and DHA are better absorbed from eating whole fish than from taking fish oil.” Chris continues:

In one study comparing the effects of fish and fish oil, researchers found that levels of DHA after 6 weeks of salmon consumption were nine times higher than after fish oil administration.

How About Organ Meats?

Most people won’t touch organ meats (unless they live in France, where pâté is served at most restaurants, or Mexico where they eat tripe for breakfast). And yet, organ meats like liver, bone marrow and heart contain anywhere from 10-100 times the nutrients of muscle meats like steak and chicken breasts.

Organ meats also contain vitamin K2, the nutrient Dr. Weston Price called “activator X” that helps prevent (and even reverse) cavities and crooked teeth. There’s also a lot of research to suggest that adequate levels of vitamin K2 can help prevent osteoporosis, heart disease, seizures, and kidney stones.

Organ meats are also a heck of a lot cheaper than muscle meats — and that matters when you’re trying to feed a family on a budget.

So Why Aren’t We Eating More Meat & Seafood?

Many of us don’t know where to buy seafood, and have no clue how to prepare it. (Ask me about the first time I tried to shuck oysters!) And we may perceive seafood to be too expensive.

When it comes to meat, most of us fall back on the same meals over and over again — ground beef and chicken breasts. It gets boring — but we don’t know how to cook the other cuts of meat. We may have tried a brisket in the past but it came out like shoe leather.

And organ meats? Forget about it! How do you get your family to eat liver when just saying the word makes them squirm?

What Surf & Turf Will Teach You

Cooking nutritionally dense, exceptionally healthy foods is not hard — once you know what you’re doing. Which is why I’m teaching this class. I will show you how to:

  • Get your family to fall in love with weird foods that are incredibly good for them — like chicken livers and raw fish
  • Use all the turn cheap cuts into melt-in-your-mouth delicacies — from delicious pot roasts to braised short ribs
  • Master the BBQ grill
  • Easily make mineral-rich bone broths, soups, gravies and reduction sauces
  • Make delicious, balanced meals that are grain-free and low-carb
  • Save money on grass-fed meat by buying half a cow and stocking the freezer
  • Shop for sustainable, healthy seafood — no matter where you live

GAPS Legal, Low-Carb and Paleo Friendly

Are you paleo, primal or low carb? Following a grain-free diet like GAPS or SCD? If so, this class is perfect for you. This class is grain-free, sugar-free (occasional honey) and

I remember went on a grain-free, starch-free, sugar-free diet to heal my gut. It took a lot of work to learn how to go from eating pasta and prepared foods to cooking grain-free, starch-free, from scratch.

And it’s not easy to keep things interesting over time! You can only eat so many hamburgers and chicken breasts. I hope this class will help those of you out there who are following a special diet to have more variety.

Enter to Win Surf & Turf Online Cooking Class — $120 Value

To kick this thing off, I want to offer you a chance to win a spot in the class. I’m going to give away not just one but TWO spots.

Please note: I will be sharing a discount coupon code on Thursday when I announce the winner, so be sure to check back Friday!

Here’s how to enter: Just click on the link below to visit the Surf & Turf section of my site, then post in the comments below letting me know what you most want to learn from this class.

Surf & Turf: Cooking Wild Seafood and Grass-fed Meats.

That’s good for one entry.

How to Get More Entries

1. Blog about this giveaway and link back to this page on your blog. Comment below with the link. (1 extra entry)

2. Sign up for my email updates or RSS feed. Leave a comment below telling me that you signed up. You will also get an entry if you already subscribe — make sure to leave a comment! (1 extra entry)

3. Follow me on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Be sure to include the URL to this page in your tweet. Leave a comment telling me that you followed & tweeted. (1 extra entry)

4. Email 5 friends about the giveaway, with a link to the page. Leave a comment below telling me that you did. (1 extra entry)

5. Stumble this post and leave me a comment telling me that you did. (1 extra entry)

6. If you have a blog, add the new Real Food Media widget and leave me a comment telling me that you did. (FIVE extra entries!)

There are a total of 11 possible entries.

This contest will end Wednesday August 4th at 11:59 PM PST. The winner will be chosen via random.org. The winner will be announced on Thursday August 5th on my blog. The 2 winners will have 48 hours to contact me with his or her full name, address, and phone number. No purchase necessary to win.

This contest is open to readers anywhere in the world.

Good luck, everybody!

Questions? Comment below.

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Megan July 30, 2010 at 1:59 PM

I would love to learn more about how to cook different kinds of beef. I bought half a cow a YEAR ago and so far we’ve managed to ruin about 20 meals, and eat lots of hamburgers and tacos. =)

Megan July 30, 2010 at 1:59 PM

also, i’m signed up via google reader

Jordan July 30, 2010 at 2:03 PM

I am now an official RSS subscriber…check!

Genevieve July 30, 2010 at 2:32 PM

I would love to learn about organ meats (classes 1 and 2). I just cooked my first liver this week and although it wasn’t bad it could sure use some improvement!

Genevieve July 30, 2010 at 2:33 PM

I follow you on google reader.

Lovelyn July 30, 2010 at 2:44 PM

I’d love to learn more about cooking organ meats and seafood. I cook chicken livers for my family sometimes, but I just sauté them in a bit of butter with some onions, nothing fancy. I love seafood but tend to only eat it when I eat out and I don’t eat out very often.

I already follow you on Twitter and subscribe to your blog in my Google Reader. I’ll Stumble this post too.

HeatherM July 30, 2010 at 3:33 PM

I already receive your emails

Virginia July 30, 2010 at 3:35 PM

I subscribe to you via email.

This sounds amazing – I am a longtime vegetarian who is struggling to learn about this! I’ve started with seafood, and just made your bacon-wrapped scallops an hour ago – holy yum, batman!!!!!

HeatherM July 30, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Oops! I sent and email without completing it. More ways to cook liver – awsome I love love love live, have since I was very young. I bought tallow for the first time so more things to learn to fry – awsome.

Virginia July 30, 2010 at 3:36 PM

I would love to learn how to feed liver to my family. We are trying to include more grass-fed animal foods in our diets, and this seems like the best! Even if it’s rare, I’d love to occasionally get it into the bellies I work to fill :)

Katie July 30, 2010 at 3:37 PM

I would so love to win a spot in your cooking class!~ Thanks for the chance!

Bucky July 30, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Need to learn more about cooking fish and organ meat

Tina July 30, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Already subscribed.

Monica Gere July 30, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Would love to learn more about cooking meats – maybe I’ll be able to understand the “why’s” of when things haven’t worked by taking the classes! Thanks for the opportunity to win a spot!

positioned July 30, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Already subscribe to your e-mail’s. E-mailed 5 friends about the Surf and Turf classes give-a-way.

Mistee July 30, 2010 at 3:59 PM

I already subscribe. :-)

Andrea July 30, 2010 at 4:00 PM

I am already a subscriber :) Yummy looks great!

lydia July 30, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Hi Anne Marie,

I subscribed via RSS feed, I sent an email to five friends (for real!!), and I have the Real Food Media widget on my site.

I will be posting on it shortly and will be an associate (just as soon as I get it all squared away, I’ll link back……..)

I’d like to gain more insight on roasts and stews, and pate and really am into the seafood portion!!!!!!! :D

Jen July 30, 2010 at 4:06 PM

I can’t wait for this course- I want to learn all these topics,but specifically ,I want to make organ meats more friendly and as I am reading the Mood Cure am implementing more seafood in the diet.I am particularly interested in using stewing cuts of meat as well-actually everything in the course i want to learn!
I clicked on the link and I am a subscriber to your emails.

Judy July 30, 2010 at 4:07 PM

I already get your email updates.
It all sounds wonderful, but my favorites would be the organ meats, the grain free breads, grilling, and the raw seafood.

Erin July 30, 2010 at 4:09 PM

My husband loves fish but I just can’t cook it properly. I’d love to learn!

Erin July 30, 2010 at 4:09 PM

I already subscribe to your email updates.

jen July 30, 2010 at 4:37 PM

This is incredible Ann Marie,as I have been struggling with the acrylamide cancer causing question for a while and haven’t been able to find reliable and credible facts on the matter.I am overjoyed to see that you are undertaking that question in your course!Thank you in advance

Susan W July 30, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Hi, I’d love an opportunity to take your class. I can make a good steak and love a good piece of salmon but other than that I’m out of my league. I’d love a chance to learn some new techniques and learn to prepare seafood.

Susan
in Escanaba Mi

Shelli July 30, 2010 at 5:07 PM

I really need to learn how to cook meat. My ability to cook meat stops at hamburgers. My parents recently gifted us a half of a cow and I have no idea what to do with it. This class would be a blessing, and our half cow would thank you for ensuring that it doesn’t get wasted! LOL

I signed up for your newsletter, too. I can use all the help I can get!

Erica July 30, 2010 at 5:15 PM

i really want to learn to use organ meats. what a cool class!

Erica July 30, 2010 at 5:15 PM

i’m a subscriber. :)

Lindy July 30, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Would LOVE to win this. I have an autoimmmune disorder that has ruled out eating grains and starch…so…I have to focus on meat! :)

My Boys' Teacher July 30, 2010 at 5:34 PM

My in-laws sent us the “toxic seafood” video off of You Tube, and as a result they, and my brother-in-law’s, family all stopped eating seafood and are telling everyone else not to eat it. We are the only hold out and need more information on buying appropriate seafood. When we DO get something like proper Wild Alaskan Salmon my husband complains it tastes different than the regular salmon. We definitely need help choosing and cooking safe seafood. Help!

You Tube video link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0F8x4i5GYE

My Boys' Teacher July 30, 2010 at 5:34 PM

I subscribe to your feed.

Joann July 30, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Oh, what a wonderful series this will be, for sure!

I grew up in the middle of this country without access to fresh seafood. We never cooked it. How I would love to acquire the knowledge to cook it well so that my 7 children can do it as well!

I’m also interested to learn more about organ meats. Beef liver was often served in our home, but I’ve never prepared it for my own children (mainly due to my husband’s attitude toward it).

Joann July 30, 2010 at 5:38 PM

I subscribe to your e-mail feed.

Lisa Imerman July 30, 2010 at 5:48 PM

I would love to learn more about cooking Wild Seafood. I live in MI so we don’t have much local seafood but I do get frozen, good quality wild when I can. I have some salmon and cod in the freezer. I didn’t grow up eating much fish and I am not a huge fish fan, but my kids and husband are. I want to learn good recipes and ways to cook it so I can learn to eat more of it.

Lisa

Lisa Imerman July 30, 2010 at 5:48 PM

I am an email subscriber to your blog.

Lisa

Tina Tremain July 30, 2010 at 6:00 PM

My husband and I are new readers of cheeseslave and as a family dealing with a variety of conditions – fibromyalgia, IBS and pre-diabetes – we’re doing all we can to learn a better way of feeding our family and ultimately a healthier way of living. I am especially confused about the grains & carbs. I would appreciate very much being considered for the course.

Meg Lewis July 30, 2010 at 6:13 PM

This looks like a great class for me. I had been a vegetarian for 27 yrs until about a year ago. Having low thyroid and a child with autism really made me rethink what I was doing with our family. I would love to learn to cook meat and seafood so my family loves it. I’m still a little timid about cooking organ meats but, I’m up for it (love the benefits). I’m psyched!

Meg Lewis July 30, 2010 at 6:14 PM

I am a subscriber to your blog.

Brandon May July 30, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Hey Ann!

This looks great. I am already subscribed to you, and I follow you on Twitter (http://twitter.com/gemfan2012/statuses/19952670996).

I will add the widget to my site once you have approved.

Tammy July 30, 2010 at 6:18 PM

I really need to learn how to cook both seafood and the organ meats! Thanks!

Tammy July 30, 2010 at 6:19 PM

I am signed up for email updates.

Heather July 30, 2010 at 6:21 PM

I’d like to learn about cooking organ meats- they seem a bit scary & my dear hubby refuses to try them. HELP!

Janelle July 30, 2010 at 6:34 PM

I’d love to learn more about cooking fish….it’s something I hesitate to make because it seems challenging.

Janelle July 30, 2010 at 6:34 PM

I get your RSS feed!

Quinn July 30, 2010 at 6:34 PM

We plan on raising our own beef in the next few years and I would love to be ahead of the game when in comes time to cook it.

Quinn July 30, 2010 at 6:35 PM

I already subscribe though Google.

Annie Dru July 30, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Hi Anne Marie,

Everything in your video looked amazing, but cooking beef that tastes like my grandma’s used to is something I’ve always wanted to learn how to do… and that’s what yours looks like!

Hope I win!

Thanks,
Annie Dru

Quinn July 30, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Stumbled…

Ginny Stebbins July 30, 2010 at 6:56 PM

I want to learn about cooking organ meats that the whole family will LOVE and how to use cheap cuts of meat. Let’s face it-eating healthy can be a lot more expensive unless you have some tricks up your sleeve!

Atour July 30, 2010 at 8:06 PM

I would love to take this course! I already receive your emails..

Enith Hernandez July 30, 2010 at 8:31 PM

I did all 6, I am just waiting for my widget to arrive and I will post it into my webpage!

This is my FB page and your FB plug
http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=102018016472&share_id=101761833215139&comments=1#s101761833215139

I have over 1500 members (and still growing) and another 1000 over at my ‘activist’ twitter acct. which posts get automatically posted. I also have a personal twitter acct which is following you now!

I have also posted this blog on my personal FB acct which has over 700 friends! http://www.facebook.com/enithhernandez :)

I will LOVE to join your cooking classes, I’m such a foodie! ♥

Katie July 30, 2010 at 8:38 PM

I want to learn about organ meats and where to buy some of these items. I’ve been teetering on the edge, ready to start, and this will be perfect.

Katie July 30, 2010 at 8:38 PM

I get your RSS feed already.

Katie July 30, 2010 at 8:39 PM

I emailed friends and practically begged them to sign up with me :)

Dawn Shelstad July 30, 2010 at 9:04 PM

I would love to take this class and I appreciate the opportunity to win it as our budget is challenging right now!

I clicked on the link and visited your site
I tweeted
I emailed at least 5 friends all about it!
I already subscribe via RSS feed

Thank you!

Teresa July 30, 2010 at 10:48 PM

I would love to take the class to learn about organ meats, stocks, and preparation and planning. Also seafood!

I clicked on the link and visited your site.
I already subscribe via RSS feed and also your mealplans
I emailed at least 5 friends

Drew @ How To Cook Like Your Grandmother July 30, 2010 at 11:24 PM

I need help cooking fish. That’s my weakness.

Drew @ How To Cook Like Your Grandmother July 30, 2010 at 11:26 PM

And this preview will be posted at 7 a.m. Monday the 2nd. That’s the first bonus.

Drew @ How To Cook Like Your Grandmother July 30, 2010 at 11:27 PM

And I’m already a subscriber. (2)

Drew @ How To Cook Like Your Grandmother July 30, 2010 at 11:28 PM

And I’ll have an announcement in my newsletter next Friday. That’s after your deadline, but does it help that it’s over 2,000 friends? (3)

Drew @ How To Cook Like Your Grandmother July 30, 2010 at 11:29 PM

And I’ve got the widget installed. (4,5,6,7,8)

If I remember to tweet and stumble it, I’ll let you know. :-)

Erin from Long Island July 31, 2010 at 3:02 AM

Gosh, there is so much I want to learn! I am really clueless about the miriad of beef cuts. It would be nice to know what to do with them all! I also have a munu-panic attack when I try to figure out what fish is safe, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.
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Erin from Long Island July 31, 2010 at 3:03 AM

email subscriber
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Erin from Long Island July 31, 2010 at 3:16 AM

follow/ tweeted

http://twitter.com/erunuevo/status/19982329721
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Erin from Long Island July 31, 2010 at 3:35 AM

stumbled
erunuevo
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Erin from Long Island July 31, 2010 at 3:38 AM

emailed 6 people!
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Erin from Long Island July 31, 2010 at 3:55 AM

google reader subscriber
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Leigh Anne July 31, 2010 at 5:05 AM

I am already subscribed to your updates

Leigh Anne July 31, 2010 at 5:05 AM

I emailed 5 friends

Leigh Anne July 31, 2010 at 5:07 AM

I need more protein! I would love to get more ideas on how to use raw seafood, and hopefully finally get the nerve to eat liver!!! Class looks awesome!

Nancy Falster July 31, 2010 at 5:50 AM

I teach cooking classes and I’m looking for more nutrient dense recipes to share with others.
Plus, there is ALWAYS new things to learn about making GREAT FOOD!!

Julie July 31, 2010 at 8:00 AM

The schedule of classes is appetizing! I would sure like to learn more about preparation and cooking of meats and wild seafood. I want to buy more grass fed meats but I want to be confident knowing that the way I prepare them will not make them inedible (think shoeleather). Also, after having just read and devored “The Mood Cure” I am convinced that the American Diet is sorely deficient in protein. I’m looking forward to the addition of more healing foods in our diet! I’m hoping that I would be one that could win your class!

Linda July 31, 2010 at 8:03 AM

Your classes sound awesome. I want to learn more about cooking organ meats, seafood-raw and lightly cooked, and how to cook grass-fed meat. We still don’t have a handle on that. I would love to win this because it’s the only way I can afford to take it right now. You wouldn’t by any chance consider a pay what you can like GNOWFGLIN? That is how I am doing her saurdough ecourse.

Linda July 31, 2010 at 8:05 AM

I get your emails.

Kenda July 31, 2010 at 9:06 AM

I want to learn how to correctly cook proteins and integrate more grassfed into my budget!

Kenda July 31, 2010 at 9:07 AM

I already subscribe and look forward to what you have to say!

Teresa July 31, 2010 at 9:13 AM

I noticed after my post that everyone else is posting separate comments, so I’m reposting my comments here – previously I posted them all in one comment above at 07/30/10 at 9:00 pm

So,

I would love to take the class to learn about organ meats, stocks, meat cuts, and preparation and planning. Also seafood!

Teresa July 31, 2010 at 9:14 AM

I clicked on the link and visited your site.

Teresa July 31, 2010 at 9:14 AM

I already subscribe via RSS feed and also to your meal plans

Teresa July 31, 2010 at 9:15 AM

I emailed 12 friends

lydia July 31, 2010 at 9:36 AM
Quinn July 31, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Just added the widget to my blog :)
.-= Quinn´s last blog ..Outdoor Hour- Summer Tree Study =-.

Mary July 31, 2010 at 11:20 AM

I need to learn everything about seafood!
.-= Mary´s last blog ..End of Month Recap – July 2010 =-.

Mari July 31, 2010 at 11:35 AM

I would love to take this class! I really need help learning what to do with seafood – we have some great sources in Seattle, and I always look longingly at the vendor stalls at the farmer’s market, but I ultimately walk on by because I’m unsure of what I would do if I bought some of their amazing-looking oysters or clams or fish.

I would also like to learn more about how to properly cook grass-fed beef. I had some success on the grill once I learned to grill low-and-slow, but in general, I want to know how to do much more, and do it properly!!

This sounds like an amazing class, thank you for offering it!

Mari July 31, 2010 at 11:38 AM

I also subscribed to your blog via my RSS Reader (Feedly) – does that count?

Lauren July 31, 2010 at 11:56 AM

I want to learn how to cook seafood and go grain-free!

Melissa July 31, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Wow! I’m so happy to see that you are offering this wonderful opportunity. I would love to learn more about preparing organ meats, as well as creating some yummy sauces and reductions. I currently purchase a portion of a side of beef from a local farm, so I’ve got all of the cuts, just need the direction. I’ve also got the widget on my blog :)
.-= Melissa´s last blog ..Embracing a Grain-Free Lifestyle =-.

Keidi July 31, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Thanks for a chance to win! I would love the whole class, need it all, but most interesting to me when I looked at the offerings, was how to cook a variety of cuts of meat. I seem to do a LOT of drumsticks and hamburgers, as that’s what I know. Thank you!
.-= Keidi´s last blog ..The Girls =-.

Nicole Williams July 31, 2010 at 3:21 PM

What a wonderful class! I have been trying to eat sugar-free, low-carb, and grain-free for a year now, due to some of the same health issues you mentioned having. It’s hard because it is really a process of relearning everything I thought I knew about healthy eating. I had about 3 recipes in my 3″ recipe binder that I could still make. So that is what I would look forward to most in this class – recipes! and someone to show me “how” to do this thing better!

Rena July 31, 2010 at 3:51 PM

I am a terrible cook! Any cooking class will help me! :D

Christy July 31, 2010 at 5:56 PM

I want to learn how to make sushi.
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Christy July 31, 2010 at 5:57 PM

I get your email updates.
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Christy July 31, 2010 at 5:58 PM

I tweeted this.
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Christy July 31, 2010 at 5:59 PM

I have the Real Food Media Widget on my blog.
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Nance July 31, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Hello! I clicked on your link and am already a subscriber, emailed 7 people, and would absolutely love to know how to use the cheaper, more nutrient dense, organ meats for my family. I sounds like there would be a wealth of learning in the course! It would be put to good use. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Janice July 31, 2010 at 8:57 PM

I would love to know how to cook organ meats. This is one area where I am having difficulty and I want to be able to serve this to my family.

Christy July 31, 2010 at 9:58 PM

I blogged about it here:

http://bit.ly/9JY4SS
.-= Christy´s last blog ..Cheeseslave is Offering a Surf and Turf Cooking Class =-.

Linda August 1, 2010 at 7:07 AM

I just emailed 5 friends. I really want to win this.

Stephanie F August 1, 2010 at 7:14 AM

I’ve got my fingers crossed to win this one because I really need help learning how to cook meats and seafood. I buy meat in bulk directly from the farmer and half the time don’t know how to cook it. Thanks for the chance!

Stephanie F August 1, 2010 at 7:15 AM

I’m a subscriber through reader.

Erin August 1, 2010 at 1:45 PM

What I most want to learn about is how to prepare organ meats.

Penny August 1, 2010 at 2:05 PM

I already subscribe through an RSS reader
.-= Penny´s last blog ..Ham With Red Eye Gravy =-.

Penny August 1, 2010 at 2:09 PM

I’ve avoided buying a side of beef because there are too many cuts I’ve never used before. It’s been easier to stick with what I know. I’d love to learn about what to do with the different pieces before buying that much meat and wrecking a meal.
.-= Penny´s last blog ..Ham With Red Eye Gravy =-.

Chrissy August 1, 2010 at 5:12 PM

I found out about this site through Food Renegade, and I signed up through e-mail for your blog.

When I found out about this online Cheeseslave’s online cooking course, I became super excited and happy! You see, for nearly 15 years, I have been suffering with a chronic, autoimmune issue (liver/intestines) which has greatly affected the quality of my life. Trust me, when you live with an issue like this — constantly getting sick — where the doctor says the only solution is a plethora of drugs, then frustration increases.

Earlier in April, a GI doc gave me my first clue: he said that carbohydrates were causing my symptoms. An online search led me to discover the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (written by Elaine Gottschall). But, little did I know that I would have to embark on an entire new way of life. I’d have to give up most, if not all processed foods (because they contain sugars and other “illegals). That means, I had to learn how to cook everything from scratch. I love food — but the problem is my cooking isn’t flavorful, and my repertoire is zucchini lasagna, chicken soup (usually flavorless) and a spinach fritata. That’s it. No joke. I’ve burned or undercooked lamb, steaks, etc; on so many occasions — I just can’t count.

I’m excited because this course would give me the tools to survive on the SCD. Making delicious breads (with almond and coconut flour), creating delicious soups, bone broths, working with organ meats and cooking seafood. A LIFESAVER for someone like me on the SCD. I’m still going to sign up for the course — even if I don’t win. But here’s to hoping!

Chrissy August 1, 2010 at 5:24 PM

is following you on twitter and tweeted this site.

Rebekah August 1, 2010 at 5:42 PM

This is so cool! I am still working on the art of cooking grassfed meat and I could so use some tutelage… My freezer is stocked full and I’m ready to go!

Rebekah August 1, 2010 at 5:42 PM

I also subscribe to the newsletter…

tina August 1, 2010 at 6:25 PM

I am on the GAPS diet and struggle to cook grain free dairy free sugar free meals. I’d love to win this!

Leah August 1, 2010 at 6:26 PM

I have two things, one is learning how to make organ meats. My husband is such a picky eater and we’re about to start gaps, I know he’ll only follow it if I can make meals that still taste good. Also, how to do this and save money. Very important for the budget!

tina August 1, 2010 at 6:28 PM

I posted this giveaway on the GAPS support group.

Nancy August 1, 2010 at 7:35 PM

I would love to learn how to cook various cuts of meat and I am especially interested in getting my family to eat organ meats and seafood. We’ve been talking about buying 1/4 or 1/2 of a cow, so this would tip the scales for us to do so! Also – if I miss the class while it’s going on, would it be something I could take at a later date?

cheeseslave August 1, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Nancy – Yes! You will have lifetime access to the class so you can watch/participate at your convenience.

We bought half a cow last year and it’s been awesome having all this wonderful grass-fed meat in the freezer. I’m going to show in a video in the class how I store it in my chest freezer (it’s very organized for a normally unorganized person).

Kelly August 1, 2010 at 8:09 PM

I already subscribe.

Kelly August 1, 2010 at 8:14 PM

I would love to know how to best obtain and prepare seafood as we are inlanders with little to no access to fresh fish of any kind. I would also love to learn the best ways to the stretch the cuts of meat and get the “best bang for your buck” so to speak to make eating this way the most affordable. Oh getting the fam to eat organ meats–that would be great. Pretty much whatever you have to teach I would “eat” up :)

Andrea August 1, 2010 at 8:56 PM

I’m not a very good at cooking seafood or meat, so I’d love to win! I think I would be especially interested in the organ meats classes though.

Andrea August 1, 2010 at 8:57 PM

I already subscribe. :)

Krissy August 1, 2010 at 9:12 PM

I already subscribe by email.

Krissy August 1, 2010 at 9:12 PM

I already subscribe by email.

Krissy August 1, 2010 at 9:19 PM

I am a breastfeeding mom of a three year old toddler and am probably not getting enough protein–it’s just tough having the time to prepare “real food” to eat all the time. This class would hopefully help me with many different protein options. I spent almost 9 years a vegetarian (nearly vegan), so learning to cook meat has been difficult. This class would be very helpful!

Carolyn Waters August 1, 2010 at 10:11 PM

I subscribe currently. Learning to make pate would be great fun.

Katherine August 1, 2010 at 10:15 PM

I just subscribed!

Katherine August 1, 2010 at 10:20 PM

I need to learn how to cook seafood properly. No matter what I do I seem to ruin it.

Debra August 1, 2010 at 11:19 PM

I want to learn how to eat liver and other organ meats.

Cindy Perez August 2, 2010 at 3:02 AM

Oh, how I need to learn this!
■Prepare delicious nutrient-dense organ meats like liver and heart in a variety of ways

Can’t afford the $120, but would love to win a place in the class!

Thanks so much for the opportunity –

Cindy

Tara August 2, 2010 at 4:13 AM

I would LOVE to learn more about how to prepare seafood other than regular fish fillets (like shellfish).
.-= Tara´s last blog ..Probiotic Rich Dinners =-.

Tara August 2, 2010 at 4:14 AM

I subscribe to your feed.
.-= Tara´s last blog ..Probiotic Rich Dinners =-.

Tara August 2, 2010 at 4:15 AM

follow you on twitter.
.-= Tara´s last blog ..Probiotic Rich Dinners =-.

Tara August 2, 2010 at 4:15 AM

I have the real food media widget on my blog!
.-= Tara´s last blog ..Probiotic Rich Dinners =-.

Julie August 2, 2010 at 5:45 AM

I’m ready to move past chicken breast and hamburger meet…my family is ready for me to move on as well :-)

Kim August 2, 2010 at 6:37 AM

I would love to learn how to cook organ meats and fish. Since my 7 month old is beginning solids, I want to make delicious, nutrient dense foods for him. I would also appreciate learning where to find great seafood. I have a good source for pastured and grass-fed meats, but have no idea where to get sustainable seafood.

Peggy Chastain August 2, 2010 at 7:00 AM

I would LOVE to win a spot in your class! I’m already a believer in this traditional way of cooking, and would love to learn more, but would most love to bring my husband into the fold. He’s already a good cook, though with limited repertoire, but he sees absolutely no difference in one type of food source over another. For him, it’s all about the costs, so if we could learn together how to use the cheaper, more nutritious cuts of meat, it would be a happier, healthier, win-win for all! Thanks

Linda Spain August 2, 2010 at 7:54 AM

I would like to know more about how to use raw seafood.

Linda Spain August 2, 2010 at 7:56 AM

I subscribed

Alia August 2, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Wow, this looks amazing! I have visited the Surf and Turf section of your website and was very impressed with the lesson plans.

I also subscribe to your blog.

Thanks, Alia

Lorian Rivers August 2, 2010 at 9:22 AM

I am most interested in Lesson #5: Seafood: Broiled, Fried & Braised. I love seafood…want to buy the best I can afford and then not mess it up! Have high cholestoral and Diabetes. But my husband and I love REAL FOOD.

Lorian Rivers August 2, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Hi! I had signed up for your rss feed to to your blog as soon as I had seen what you were all about! So I get 2 chances. One for joining and the other one for joining before you told me to! LOL

jennifer August 2, 2010 at 10:56 AM

I really need this. I can do with fish is bake salmon!!!

Erin Elberson August 2, 2010 at 12:25 PM

This would be a fabulous tool to help me get my husband to be on board with more healthful eating. I tend to be a fly by the seat of my pants cook, so additional guidance is always helpful.
I subscribed via RSS, and tweeted!
Thank you!

Maria Elena August 2, 2010 at 1:09 PM

I would love to learn how to prepare my grassfed meats properly, and learn more techniques about cooking liver!

Iris August 2, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Okay, I posted it in the wrong place, I now realize. Here again why I’d like to do this ecourse is that I can use some encouragement for using organ meats. I do make paté sometimes, but that is it really. I have kidneys in the freezer for months now, not daring really to cook them;-) With fish I also could have someone taking by the hand, not that I do not dare, I love seafood, but do not know very well how to use it. It is not in my system so to say.

Iris August 2, 2010 at 1:16 PM

I do follow you on Twitter, I did already

Iris August 2, 2010 at 1:17 PM

I do receive already email notifications from your blog

Iris August 2, 2010 at 1:21 PM

I own a dutch Yahoo group about Nourishing Traditions with much more members than 5, so I posted on that list about this ecourse, I bet this will count for 5 friends to email?

Iris August 2, 2010 at 1:21 PM

stumbleupon, I never heard of it before, but I signed in and indeed stumbled upon you:-)

Iris August 2, 2010 at 1:50 PM

I just blogged about your ecourse in dutch here:
http://www.vlijtigelis.nl/nt/tips/weer-een-ecourse/

I wanted to implement the YouTube video, but I failed, so I placed a link to it.

Iris August 2, 2010 at 1:51 PM

And last but not least I placed the widget on my blog, here you can see it:

http://www.vlijtigelis.nl/nt/

thanks for giving the opportunity to win this ecourse!

.ambre. August 2, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Who cares about the rest of my family? It’s me I’m worried about! Just kidding, but seriously, my three year old will eat anything, but how do i prepare organ meats in a way that doesn’t make ME gag?
Can’t wait!
.-= .ambre.´s last blog ..When Your House Makes You Sick- Part II =-.

.ambre. August 2, 2010 at 8:08 PM

I happily subscribed!
.-= .ambre.´s last blog ..When Your House Makes You Sick- Part II =-.

Michelle @ Find Your Balance August 3, 2010 at 6:31 AM

I think I’m most interested in the connection between protein and depression/anxiety. Thanks so much for offering this giveaway!

I also subscribe to your RSS.

Dan August 3, 2010 at 8:13 AM

I’m really looking forward to the sashimi lesson!

I am an RSS subscriber, tweeted about the contest, and stumbled this page.

Sandy Munroe August 3, 2010 at 9:56 AM

I have subscribed to your blog.

Sandy Munroe August 3, 2010 at 9:56 AM

I would like to win this contest because I just looked at the ecourse and there are a lot of things in there I would love to learn how to cook. Mostly I’d like to learn more about seafood and how to know which ones to buy especially since I live in the a very rural area in Indiana. I’m also interested in your grilling piece and finding out which is best charcoal or gas. It overall seems like an awesome course!

Sandy Munroe August 3, 2010 at 9:58 AM

I emailed five friends about this giveaway.

-LG August 3, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Hello – I do not have time to do this course right now, but would love to do it in either the October or January timeframe. I also have not budgeted for it this month. Will your course be available for purchase at a later date? Thanks

Celeste August 3, 2010 at 2:02 PM

I would most like to know where to find and how to cook great seafood.

I’m pregnant, so I’d like it for me and baby; have a 2 year old, so I’d like her to get the great nutrition; and for my 10 year old, besides the good nutrition, I want to give her the knowledge of how to cook seafood for herself and future family – before she’s 34!

Thank you for this blog – it’s inspiring!

cheeseslave August 3, 2010 at 2:24 PM

LG – Yes, I plan to offer this class again. :-)

Penny August 3, 2010 at 2:44 PM

I just blogged about your giveaway here: http://plate-by-plate.com/dont-sign-up-for-these-giveaways-i-want-to-win/
.-= Penny´s last blog ..Ham With Red Eye Gravy =-.

dorothy August 3, 2010 at 5:06 PM

I’m terrible w/seafood and I really need to learn more ways to prepare a variety of wild seafood! Thanks for the opportunity.

Danielle August 3, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Clicked your link. Want to learn about making seafood other than salmon, and where should I buy it?

Danielle August 3, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Just subscribed to your feed too.

Brooke Jacobson August 3, 2010 at 6:52 PM

I would like to learn more about cooking liver and organs:)
.-= Brooke Jacobson´s last blog ..End of Year &amp Beginning of Summer =-.

Patty August 3, 2010 at 9:20 PM

I would love to learn more about cooking organ meats and sea food. Esp about getting organ meats into my family.

Patty August 3, 2010 at 9:21 PM

I sent the link to this page to 6 friends.

Patty August 3, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Just signed up for your e-mail.

Sara C. August 3, 2010 at 9:45 PM

I already follow you on Twitter and I tweeted about the giveaway!

Sara C. August 3, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Wow, all the lessons look so great! I really want to learn more pate recipes and ideas as well as how to make ceviche and other seafood.

Sara C. August 3, 2010 at 9:52 PM

I Stumbled this post!

Elizabeth August 3, 2010 at 10:40 PM

I really want to learn to cook seafood! I’m trying to add more to our diet, and so far I can make tuna sandwiches and one salmon recipe! I want to try organ meats too but have a seriously picky eater, so I need to find something sneaky like pate to introduce them…

Jan August 4, 2010 at 3:10 AM

I really want to learn to cook seafood correctly, but also I receive all my pastured meats frozen and am not sure I am cooking them as I should be. Any and all instruction will be gratefully received, it all looks wonderful!!

Keir August 4, 2010 at 6:37 AM

Subscribed to email, followed on twitter, and sent 5 emails to friends.

I would love to learn new and interesting recipes not only for myself but for my family. My brother & sister in law just had twin boys but I’m afraid if they don’t get their weight under control they may not get to see them as grown ups.

Megan S August 4, 2010 at 7:31 AM

oh, I am so excited! and would love, love, love to win a chance to win an enrollment. I’ve been following SCD now since JAN and could use a little help.
Thanks so much for this chance, and for your blog!
Megan S.

Alexis August 4, 2010 at 9:09 AM

I would love to learn more about cooking organ meats. I hear/read about how good it is to eat organ meats and this would be the perfect opportunity to learn how to cook it to incorporate it into my family’s diet!

Alexis August 4, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Already signed up for your RSS feeds!

Alexis August 4, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Follow on Twitter and tweeted the URL for the giveaway!

Alexis August 4, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Emailed 5 friends about the giveaway!

Nissa Morgan August 4, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Signed up for RSS feeds!

Nissa Morgan August 4, 2010 at 9:29 AM

I really need help with my cooking skills, especially with fresh meat and would love to learn more about cooking seafood!!

Debra August 4, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Hi Cheeseslave,
I really want to learn how to make a healthy broth, am looking forward to hopefully winning a class spot. I’m on your email list, I follow on FB and now I’m leaving a comment, hope this is worth a couple of entries!! Thanks, dl

Donna August 4, 2010 at 10:20 AM

I would like to see how you make grain free bread, and all the ways you make liver palatable.

Rachel Lew August 4, 2010 at 12:09 PM

I really want to learn how to buy high-quality meats on a budget, and also more about organ meats.

Rachel Lew August 4, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Oh, I also blogged about this (http://marriagelifedogsknitting.blogspot.com/2010/08/cheeseslave.html) and tweeted it! AND I am right now attempting to add the Real Food Media widget to my blog. (So that is what, eight entries in total? Awesome!)

Melissa W. August 4, 2010 at 2:28 PM

I most want to learn to “Shop for healthy, sustainable seafood”. I’m also excited about all the recipes.

Melissa W. August 4, 2010 at 2:29 PM

I’m signed up for your email updates

Melissa W. August 4, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Follow you on Twitter and tweet

http://twitter.com/matt4melis/status/20334771336

Melissa W. August 4, 2010 at 2:33 PM
Lisa August 4, 2010 at 2:45 PM

I’m always looking for new ideas for protein based meals. I also need to learn how to prepare organ meats. My first attempt at chopped liver was just so-so.

Lisa August 4, 2010 at 2:46 PM

I am an email subscriber.
.-= Lisa´s last blog ..Favorite Kitchen Tool- Vegetable Slicer =-.

Lisa August 4, 2010 at 2:47 PM

I follow you on twitter.
.-= Lisa´s last blog ..Favorite Kitchen Tool- Vegetable Slicer =-.

Lisa August 4, 2010 at 2:47 PM

The Real Food Media widget is on my blog.
.-= Lisa´s last blog ..Favorite Kitchen Tool- Vegetable Slicer =-.

Maureen P August 4, 2010 at 5:02 PM

I would love to be more confident in my seafood cooking…my household loves it but it rarely makes an appearance on the menu–I’m always uncertain about cooking and buying seafood. I would also really like to learn more about preparing organ meats! I’ve had some nice grass-fed liver in my freezer for months now but pretty much have no idea what to do with it and no guts to defrost it and try!

Maureen P August 4, 2010 at 5:03 PM

I also follow you via a feed.
Thanks for the chance to win your class!

Karlyn Green August 4, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Well, what hasn’t been said? I am new to this site, but I am inspired by it. I am stumbling forward along the path to better health. I gave birth at home 3 months ago to my first child. He has propelled my efforts because I want to be the best example I can be and I want to have energy. I have been sugar free for about 2.5 months and grain free for about two months. My partner has just joined my efforts to be healthy, but he works a lot and his job is not very conducive to healthy eating. I am a committed mother and partner, I want to provide for them, but it needs to be economical and I need my skills honed. I can’t say that I am excited about the organ meats or the fish, but I am always willing to try new things. And the way you described them made ‘em sound pretty yummy. I would love to be one of the winners because I love winning! and it would come at a time when we could really use it, both economically and gastronomically . Thanks for the chance!

Carla Aoyagi August 5, 2010 at 12:19 AM

Trying to Heal myself and my children… on a slim budget. Subscribing to you now!

Molly August 5, 2010 at 9:12 AM

I would love to get more knowledge on the cooking of grass fed meats-oh and the organ part too.

Lorie Dolo August 5, 2010 at 2:49 PM

While I gravitate towards beans and rice my scale tells me so … I am moving toward trying to eat more paleo and this class would really support me in that. I love to cook but am a working single mom so any quick tips will help shape both my health and those of my toddlers. Thanks.

Shonda August 6, 2010 at 6:29 AM

Need to learn to eat wheat free as wheat gives me horrible hot flashes. I would love to provide healthier meals for my family whom I love very much.

Rebecca August 7, 2010 at 8:30 PM

I have the Real Food Media widget on our blog.
.-= Rebecca´s last blog ..Little House in the Suburbs =-.

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