Those of you who have been reading my blog for any length of time know that I don’t often do cookbook reviews or reviews of any kind. However, when Carrie Vitt, who writes the blog, Deliciously Organic, asked if I would be willing to share her new cookbook, The Grain-Free Family Table, with all of you, I said, “Absolutely!”
First, she has the most fabulous name and she spells it the right way.
Second, a few years ago when I shared the nutritional challenges we were having with my middle guy, your response to those posts let me know that many of you struggle with your own nutritional challenges.
I have had the good fortune to get to know and spend time with Carrie Vitt at different food events over the years. She is genuine, grounded, and beautiful inside and out. In this cookbook, she shares the arduous journey of how she went from essentially being bedridden with illness to how she healed herself through food much to everyone’s amazement – doctors included.
In The Grain-Free Family Table, Carrie not only details out her health challenges and how she overcame them, but she also shares resources, tips, and a line-up of 125 fresh, healthy, grain-free/gluten-free recipes your whole family will enjoy. I know how devastating it can be to try and feed someone whose body is rejecting the food he’s putting inside himself. I can only imagine how hard it would be if that body was your own and you have two little girls to take care of as well.
Over the weekend, my street held its annual Holiday Progressive Dinner. I decided to put a few of Carrie’s recipes to the test and see what the response was to them from a crowd who may or may not have nutritional challenges. I chose to make her jalapeño Zingers as well as her Cheese and Sausage Puffs. I figured the Zingers – a sweet, bacon-y concoction with a spicy chaser – would be a hit. They were.
I was uncertain about the Cheese and Sausage Puffs. Those have always been a mainstay of holiday appetizer tables and I wasn’t sure what people would think about a classic recipe that’s been changed up a bit. They were devoured.
With the holidays here, I can’t recommend this book enough as a gift for yourself or someone you know who struggles with food-related illness. Even if there is just one bit of advice in this book that makes a difference in your health or in the health of someone you love, the gift will be more than worth the price. You can purchase it via these different websites: Amazon, Powell’s, Google play
I am also giving away a free copy as a gift to one of you. Leave me a comment below by midnight PST on Thursday, December 11, 2014 saying something like, “Carrie’s cookbook sounds so cool. Carrie, please consider me for a complimentary copy.” I will email the lucky winner on Friday as well as announce it in my next post.
Here in the midst of the holidays, I wish you all good health and simple moments with those you hold dear.
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- 20 dried apricots
- 20 jarred jalapeño slices
- 7 bacon slices, cut into thirds
- 20 strong toothpicks
- Preheat the oven to 400°F and adjust the rack to the middle position. Line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.
- Using a paring knife, cut a slice horizontally down an apricot. Cut almost but not all the way through so that it will open like a book. Place a jalapeño slice inside the apricot, wrap the apricot in a piece of the cut bacon, secure it with a toothpick, and place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Using a pair of tongs, flip the zingers and bake for 10 minutes more, or until the bacon is golden brown. Serve immediately.
- NOTE: You can make these ahead of time and freeze them, unbaked, in a airtight container. No need to thaw them — you can bake them straight from the freezer. Just increase the baking time to 25 to 30 minutes.