Rooster Stew and Cookbook Giveaway!

If you’ve been following my blogs posts for the last couple of weeks, you’ll know that we’ve been talking about our family food adventure and the subject of food.

One of the things that has made my life in the kitchen much more enjoyable and easy this month is the release of Diana Rodgers’ Homegrown Paleo Cookbook. It’s more than just a cookbook, but we’ll talk about that in just a moment.IMG_2065

First I wanted to share one of the recipes from the book so that you can give it a try too!

The recipe title makes me laugh, it’s called:

Big Bad Rooster Soup

IMG_2067serves 6


  • 1 Tbsp ghee
  • 2 cups diced yellow onions
  • 2 cups peeled and diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 2 qts homemade chicken stock
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 5 cups shredded napa cabbage
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken or rooster
  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos or wheat-free tamari
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh mint leaves, cilantro leaves, basil leaves for garnish
  • Sriracha (all natural), for garnish
  1. In a large soup pot, melt the ghee over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes, or until the onions soften.
  2. Add the carrots, celery, garlic and ginger and cook for 10 minutes, or until fragrant.
  3. Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer, then continue to simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Add the bell pepper, cabbage, and chicken and cook for about 2 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and add the coconut aminos, fish sauce and lime juice.
  6. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with a generous helping of the fresh herbs and a squeeze of Sriracha to taste.


ย The recipes are divided into three categories – Early Season, Mid-Season and Late Season – so they are applicable no matter where you live.ย  The Big Bad Rooster Soup recipe comes from the Late Season recipes.

There are over 100 recipes in this books, all of which are gluten free, seasonal and farm to table. I think I’ve tried at least 25 to 30 of them already. Wow! I haven’t yet met one yet that I didn’t like. This book is a definite 5 stars in my opinion.

Not only does this book have recipes, but the beginning chapters are filled for Sustainable Living ideas and tips and tricks on growing and raising chickens, goats, sheep, rabbits, bees and cows on a farm. It has sections on how to purchase sustainable foods, including questions to ask a farmer.

It contains super easy recipes for making chicken, beef and fish stock. I love how Diana breaks the stock down to be easy-peasy and after trying her chicken stock recipe, I’m hooked! ๐Ÿ™‚

In the back of the book, you’ll find special sections on canning tomatoes, freezing greens and caring for cast iron pans.

Does it sound like I’m gushing? Perhaps I am. Honestly, though, I can’t say enough good about the book.

What I found the most helpful, especially this month, was her reference boxes at the bottom of each recipe providing information on Whole30, nut-free, egg-free and AIP options (Autoimmune Paleo). This is a must have for any families with food allergies.

IMG_2070Okay, now for the downside of the book. There is only one thing that would make this book absolutely perfect in every way and that is the addition of a good recipe index. I would have loved to have a recipe index either at the back or the beginning of each of the season sections. So many times, I saw a recipe that I loved and then couldn’t remember where it was later.

My solution to this is sticky notes. I marked each recipe that I was planning to make in the next day or so and then they were right at my fingertips. See?


The back of the book does have a word index so that was helpful and I ended up highlighting the recipe sections in it.

IMG_2066This helped me to find just the right recipe for the occasion quickly.

I do want to mention one more thing – the Pictures! Wow, fantastic photography! The pictures made me smile and were a wonderful visual for the recipes. I learned that they were all taken with film – not digital, which in this day and age is quite remarkable.

And now to the best part…

Leave a comment on this blog post about your favorite food recipe or memory. And you will be entered into a drawing next week for a copy of this book!

Tip: For a additional entries, share this post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #homegrownpaleo and then come back and write an additional comment letting me know that you shared it with your friends.

I’ll host the drawing right here on the Hen House next Friday morning. We’re going to host the drawing the old fashioned way (writing down your names and drawing them out of a farm hat!) So come back for the winner announcement!

Happy Friday!

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About Sheri Salatin

Sheri is married to Daniel Salatin. She is the marketing director at Polyface Farm and stay-at-home mom of three children. Sheri is passionate about clean food and is enjoying working the land along side her husband. When not farming, Sheri can be found reading, writing, sewing, baking and serving in her church family.
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60 Responses to Rooster Stew and Cookbook Giveaway!

  1. Tiauna Noble says:

    Hoorah! Oh I love it Sheri! My favorite meals are ones that I can feel good about. Best recipe to come to mind right now is one I made the other day, I just started spiralizing. So, I made a Thai Masman curry with sweetpotato rice. It was delicious. I love the idea of a seasonal paleo cookbook, because we are trying to go seasonal in our eating. We cannot wait to be fully dependent on our own garden and chickens! Thank you for your wonderful blog!

  2. Lora says:

    My favorite recipe is for stock made with chicken feet. It cools to an awesome gel.

  3. Ariel says:

    I recently found a new recipe I love – old fashioned cream pie! It’s fantastic because it uses our thick raw cream and maple syrup for the sweetener – and it tastes amazing! Simple, tasty, and about as healthy as desserts go; that’s how I like it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Patrick Stovall says:

    My favorite recipe is one that I picked up in culinary school. Goat and cream cheese mixed with sauteed spinach,then stuffed into homemade raviolis and boiled for 3 minutes. I covered it with a roasted red pepper cream sauce. My goodness I could eat it everyday!!!! It is so awesome! The best part for me is that my wife loves it ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Marcy says:

    Just one favorite recipe?! How about one of our yardbirds roasted with some seasoned salt or that herb combination that was posted here a couple of years ago. Easy and so good!

  6. Marcy says:

    I shared!

  7. Melissa Rohrer says:

    This sounds like such a great book! Honestly, one of my favorite family recipes is our ranch dressing. Thick and creamy!

  8. Shawna Kinsman says:

    Having a military spouse, I’ve been fortunate to have lived all over the world and taken cooking lessons in various countries. One of my favorite recipes was learning to make Salmon lox in Finland.

  9. Meg says:

    We have a candidate for the Big Bad Rooster Soup! This would be great with a stewing hen as well. I agree with Lora, chicken feet add so much flavor and goodness to chicken broth. My sister recently found my German Grandmother’s recipe for dandelion wine. I am hoping to give it a try this spring!

  10. Kay says:

    Baked corn. It’s a family recipie and only good with FRESH corn.

  11. Anna says:

    Homemade bread. My mom made 4 loaves every week. As a kid I just wanted the store bought stuff. Now I make my own bread and am so grateful to mom my for passing it along.

  12. Christina says:

    This book sounds wonderful, and would teach me so many new and healthy recipes! I recently make a chicken posole soup that was delicious, and I used my own homemade chicken stock.

  13. Janice Dale says:

    oh my goodness – favorite food memory – my daddy makes the BEST SOS. No, not the kind you got in the military! He uses butter, flour, water, worchestershire sauce, salt and pepper to make the gravy, then add the dried chipped beef. DELICIOUS! and when I have a really bad day, I want my daddy to make me SOS and my mommy to hug me! (and trust me, I am NOT a kid anymore, but I will always be their kid!!)

  14. Jillian Hamm says:

    I shared on facebook!

  15. Jillian Hamm says:

    My favorite thing to make is Tikka Misala and my family loves it. I can’t wait to try the rooster stew, I have a few good candidates for it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. fun says:

    my mom’s banana pudding…

  17. Amy B says:

    I would love to add this book to my recipe collection. Thank you for sharing!

  18. trisha says:

    This book looks like it has a lot of good eats! One of my favorite good eats is my marinated mushrooms. They have mushrooms, garlic, onions, sweet red peppers all mixed together with fresh herbs and olive oil. I canned 8 pints last week and need to do some more.

  19. Shannon says:

    My favorite food memories are when my children were young & loved to help in the kitchen. Those times go away too soon!

  20. Dale hosey says:

    My favorite meal memories are about my mom making soup . She was a great soup maker and I’ve inherited that gift!

  21. Kris says:

    My parents had a hobby farm while I was growing up, with many odd animals. They took awesome care of their pets, treating them like family. However, there was one male peacock who freely roamed the backyard, who would go after anyone who turned their back to him; dropping grown men to the ground with his full weight and flapping wings. He attacked my tiny mom one day as she was finishing her evening chores, (while carrying a precautionary stick for protection against the Iron Talons), and her responsive whack unintentionally landed right on his long peacock neck – he fell immediately. She later said she was absolutely shocked and mortified, as not only did my mom realize she had killed an animal, but the llamas across the yard turned their heads toward her to see what the commotion was all about, and immediately froze seeing the lifeless peacock on the ground… she claims they haven’t looked at her the same way since. That night, my grandmother happily went to town in the kitchen, creating her own rendition of Big, Bad, ‘Peacock’ Stew.

  22. Chelsea W says:

    Just discovered your blog! loving it ๐Ÿ™‚ and I have been hearing so much about this cookbook, as a family who is mostly gluten free and some of us are egg free, we love whole30 recipes. I have one of my most favorite recipes dry curing in the fridge right now…home cured corned beef brisket that is glazes with homemade apricot preserves. looking forward to the cookbook!

  23. Heather Gaillot says:

    I love Diana and am so excited for her book! Some of my favorite recipes are the ones that came from my dad – like his Clams Casino and homemade turkey soup. Thanks!

  24. Chrissy Campbell says:

    My favorite food recipe is “drunken noodles” minus the “drunken” part… yummy peppers, ground meat, garlic, (white grape juice), diced tomatoes… and other spices… and noodles! YUM YUM and more YUM!

  25. TheLight says:

    I’ve been cooking for most of my life, but my best memories are very recent. Cooking with my wife is a relatively new thing, and teaching/learning with her has been a fantastic bonding experience. Not to mention the tasty food that comes out of it!

  26. Jane says:

    My favourite recipes are the ones where the ingredients can be substituted for whatever’s in the pantry. I have a banana bread recipe that I used with zucchini instead.

  27. Lexi Diaz says:

    My favorite food memories are cooking Thanksgiving dinner with my grandmother. She taught me a lot of the recipes I use.

  28. Annie says:

    I’m the daughter and grand-daughter of awesome cooks. The best compliment I have ever received is an old-timer in our community who said, “You cook as good as those Gaub girls (my grandma’s maiden name).”

  29. marissa w says:

    One of my favorite meals to cook is lamb curry! I finally figured out that toasting the herbs before grinding them helped to really give it that “It” factor. YUM!!!!
    This cookbook looks awesome!!! And I love your write up about it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. marissa w says:

    I also shared this review link on fAcebook ๐Ÿ˜‰

  31. laura says:

    This book looks so good! I would love to win it ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Eileen says:

    I need this recipe – we recently put a big bad rooster in freezer and have contemplated how to cook him. Also have a childhood memory of big bad rooster attacking my little brother.

  33. Rose says:

    Oh hurrah! This looks fantastic. My favorite food memories all center around my Nana. My mom wasn’t very patient so I didn’t get to “help” much in the kitchen at home, but Nana always found a way to let me do something. Snapping green beans, slicing green onions, or making pancakes always brings that back to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Kaitlyn says:

    I love to make homemade whole wheat pizza with my Mom. The time I spend with her, making the dough, cutting up lots of veggies and decorating the pizzas is definitely worth the time in the kitchen. Plus, the room is filled with the most amazing smells. Soooo yummy!!!

  35. Hayley says:

    Love it, what a wonderful cookbook for the paleos :-). I have a great paleo chili recipe that I used for our church’s chili cookoff and won with last year. I’ll be happy to share it with you.

  36. Kelly S. says:

    I loved visiting my great aunts in Mathews, VA! They always made me cabbage and potatoes and had homemade spiced peaches! Yummy!

  37. Janna says:

    My family’s all time favorite is our pastured chicken rubbed with olive oil then rosemary, garlic and onions cooked with it. And we always have to sautรฉ green beans in coconut oil with some fresh garlic. I have really enjoyed your food post. Thanks Sheri!

  38. Coleen Messerschmidt says:

    My favorite recipes are simple, seasonal ones – beef pot roast with carrots, onions, and potatoes; sliced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese with basil; pork and sauerkraut; strawberry shortcake. Yum! I’m making myself hungry! ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Jo says:

    This post made me laugh! We harvested an old stray rooster who kept coming around and harassing our sweet rooster…the meat was sooo stringy, but the broth was the best we have ever had!! My favorite recipe is any pie made with the pie crust from the Tartine Bakery cookbook…perfect pie crust, every time!

  40. tammy says:

    This looks like a wonderful book. My favorite recipe really has no recipe – beef stew. Love to put okra in it – as well as any veggie leftovers we find.

  41. Kristin D. says:

    Would love to have this cookbook! Just started making our own stock from deer bones. Love the flavor it adds to soups.

  42. Hayley says:

    I shared it, I have lots of friends that could benefit from this cookbook.

  43. Heidi says:

    One of my favorite recipes (if you can even call it that since it’s so easy ;)) is our sauerkraut recipe. Quick, simple, and the results are amazingly delicious!

  44. Kristen says:

    That stew sounds awesome! So does the entire cookbook… which I must get my hands on ASAP. Time to visit Polyface and pick up some roos.

  45. Oh my a favorite? I would have to say the spring-time treat of creamed new potatoes and peas that my mom used to make.

  46. When I was in middle school I learned how to cook a chicken cacciatore from a band booster cookbook, in an effort to impress a girl.

  47. Renee says:

    A favorite food memory – eating a nice hot bowl of my Mom’s beef stew.

  48. David & Tina says:

    Sounds like a great cookbook!

    • David & Tina says:

      Sorry, forgot to add my favorite food memory……….growing up, Mom would make delicious Pickled Herring Salad and sometimes Rice Pudding for dessert! So, so yummy!!!

  49. Jessica says:

    My favorite food memory is helping in the kitchen with my great grandmother. Granny was the best cook I knew. I miss her stew! I don’t know what made it taste so amazing, and no stew has ever compared since then. She passed on at 102! Thank you for the giveaway!

  50. Jessica says:

    I shared on twitter! ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. Debby G says:

    There are so many great recipes that bring about great memories. I would have to say that Chicken Noodle soup is special in our house because of finally getting our own chickens!

  52. Jenifer Musselman says:

    Best food memory-my fatherโ€™s snapping turtle soup. He and my little sister and I were riding the โ€œback 40โ€ in his old pickup one summer day when I spotted something in a marshy area we were passing. โ€œSnapping Turtle!โ€ I yelled. Dad slammed on the brakes so fast my sister and I had to pull our front teeth out of the dashboard. That night, Dad taught me how to turn that “tortue serpentine” into delicious soup. Unfortunately, snapping turtle was a great metaphor for my father and Iโ€™s relationship. And yet, somehow we bonded over that cooking lesson!

  53. I loved baking cookies with my great-grandmother. She never really measured anything. She would add whatever she thought would taste good.

  54. I would take your lovely rooster soup and substitute a grass fed rabbit.

  55. My absolute best food memory is from when I was about 4 or 5 years old. My great grandma had a big, old farm-style house that had ended up surrounded by town, but she still kept a large garden. I still have the most vivid memory of sitting with her and my cousins on the front porch swing on a warm, sunny day with big bowls of green beans straight from the garden, snapping the beans to get the ready for dinner and jarring.
    When I got older, that memory and the stories I heard about my great grandma are what inspired me to learn how to prepare my own food and do things like render my own lard. ๐Ÿ™‚ It makes me smile just thinking about what a cool legacy she passed on to me through something so simple!

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