Hello, my name is Kristina, and I am addicted to bone marrow.
Eww, that sounds gross when I saw it like that. A year ago, if someone would have told me that I would intentionally be seeking out bones to dig out the marrow, I would have called them crazy, and knowing myself and my OCD-like organizational skills, I would have set up a future Google alert to ensure that I reminded myself to check into the crazy house for some rehab. Now, I truly think that if there can be a spiritual connection to food, bone marrow has got to be on the top of that list. (See, I’m not crazy at all…. :/ )
But seriously, bone marrow is so good. The Paleo/primal movement advocates consuming things like organ meats and bone marrow because these animal items are packed with nutrients. I haven’t quite gotten the handle on animal organs yet, but I am a true bone marrow convert. I might sound a little odd in saying this, but whenever I eat some straight marrow, I feel a little tingle- almost like my body is humming from the inside out. I compare it to how I feel after I eat some intensely dark chocolate, oysters, or get a really good neck massage. If I eat enough of it, it almost feels like a slight runner’s high. This feeling is so hard to put into words, but I promise within 10 minutes of eating bone marrow, you will feel amazing.
I first sought bone marrow after reading up on all the insanely crazy health claims that follow marrow. Bone marrow is so packed with vitamins and healthy fats that it fuels your body to fight infection. (After all, white blood cells are made from the stuff inside your bones- there’s a reason why homemade chicken noodle soup is supposed to cure illness.) Whenever I feel a twinge of a cold coming on, I have some bone marrow, and I am right back to normal within a day. I have only been sick once since starting Paleo, and I attribute it to the food and lifestyle changes that came along with this choice. The one time I did become sick in the past year, I had strep throat and a sinus infection. I was so sick, and I wasn’t getting better after being on heavy antibiotics for 3 days. While still on meds, my fever had come back, and knew that I was on the cusp of having to go back to the doctor to get even more antibiotics. My boyfriend had the brilliant idea to try eating some bone marrow. We ate it straight, then bought marrowbones to make broth for soup. Within 6 hours, my fever was gone, within 24 I was able to leave my apartment, and in 36 I was back at work. Bone Marrow: the primal miracle.
Bone Marrow now is starting to make a comeback- in restaurants they charge a ridiculous amount for a few bites, and its considered an exquisite menu item. I had a friend visit D.C. last month, who incidentally loves bone marrow too, and I taught her how to make it. She didn’t realize how easy it was, and it was a perfect weekend preparation. You see, Dani had come to visit D.C., but we impulsively decided to go visit Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware. Dani has a pretty cool job in the wine/beverage industry, so when we were both invited to go take a VIP brewery tour, we jumped on it:
Since we were also so close to the coast, we decided to go visit the Atlantic, which was not the best idea in the middle of a cold spell:
Needless to say, we were feeling the effects of *sampling* every brew on tap (Beer is definitely not Paleo, for so many reasons), so we decided to stop at Union Market in D.C. on our way back to pick up some bones from my favorite butcher, Harvey’s. This little shop in Union Market is awesome: it has everything from beef tongue to oxtail to the best thick cut, uncured, hickory smoked bacon a girl could ever ask for. All his meat is from grass-fed, antibiotic free, all-natural cows, and everything is so reasonably priced. (His current marrow bone prices are $2.99/lb.…..$5/lb. cheaper than the nearest butcher!) He also has no problem cutting the bones lengthwise for me- whenever I’m there he always tells me that he identifies the people who just eat the bone marrow straight because of how they ask the bones to be sliced. Super nice guy- I can’t rave enough about that place (and Union Market), the quality of the products, or the kindness of the employees:
I could go on and on about bone marrow, but to make a long story short, Dani and I felt back to our normal selves that night, and she vowed to take this recipe home to impress her boyfriend. (And there are only 5 easy steps!) Hope you all love it!
- 4 tbsp. olive oil
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. group tricolor peppercorns
- 1/8 tsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1 lb. high quality beef marrow bones, sliced lengthwise so marrow is exposed
- 1 tsp. chopped basil
- ¼ tsp. garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 400 F
- Mix all ingredients well in small bowl. Make sure fresh parsley and basil are covered thoroughly with oil-herb mixture.
- Pour evenly over marrowbones, place bones on foil in baking dish.
- Bake in oven at 400 F for 25 minutes
- Eat your heart out