Cookbook Giveaway and Review – Carrie Vitt’s The Grain-Free Family Table

Zingers from The Grain-Free Family Table cookbook

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.

Zingers from The Grain-Free Family Table

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.

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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.

Much love,
Carrie

Zingers
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Serves: 20
I had a hard time deciding which recipe to share with you all since both recipes I made are equally delicious. However, since the Cheese and Sausage Puffs contain nuts and dairy, which my middle guy can’t eat, I went with the Zingers, which everyone in my family can enjoy. And if you have a holiday party coming up this weekend and are uncertain of what to bring…look no further. These festive bacon bites are so easy to make and are a hit with the finger food crowd. Enjoy, compliments of Carrie! (The other Carrie with the cool name.)
Ingredients
  • 20 dried apricots
  • 20 jarred jalapeño slices
  • 7 bacon slices, cut into thirds
  • 20 strong toothpicks
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and adjust the rack to the middle position. Line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

 

Comments

  1. April Paris says:

    YUMMY! I can’t wait to try these….Hopefully we don’t all bring them to the same event! I get dibs! Her cookbook looks fabulous…and if you say it is, I need no other proof! Thanks my friend!

  2. “Carrie’s cookbook sounds so cool. Carrie, please consider me for a complimentary copy.”

  3. Laura Croll says:

    Interesting…can’t wait to try the recipes. A new take on healthy eating…love it!

  4. Pablo Montmemy says:

    Wow. Dried apricots and jalepenos? Mmmm. Can’t wait to try this… And I dig the idea of having a creative and tasty, grain-free recipe book from Carrie. Please do consider me for a complimentary copy of the grain-free family table.

    Merry Christmas.

  5. My fingers are crossed… Need some fresh GF recipes!

  6. Theresa Wallace-Lopez says:

    I camp with my son’s Boy Scout troop and would love to see some fun creative ways to compensate with food issues! Sounds like she has some great ideas…thank YOU for the chance to own the book!

  7. Conniecomment says:

    Brand new in the grain-free world. Please consider me with your free copy of the great cookbook. I am an influencer. If I like it, I’ll tell everyone about it!!! Thanks.

  8. I am going to make these for our neighborhood party this weekend. Thanks for the idea and please consider me for a copy of the book :) !

  9. I would love to try out Carrie’s cookbook! I have seen wonderful improvements in my health since going grain-free and am always looking for new recipes. Thanks for telling us about her – and offering the cookbook!

  10. Meg DesCamp says:

    I have an irrational fondness for women named Carrie who write cookbooks. So, yeah, toss my name in the hat, please!

  11. I am going to try these…they look yummy. I have just recently become glutin and grain intolerent…would love this book.
    Thanks for sharing

  12. I’d love to be considered for a copy of Carrie’s cookbook. My teenage son feels so much better eating gluten free and I need ideas. My sister did bring the zingers to a party recently and they were a HUGE hit. It’s a happy day when the “La Pomme” Carrie posts!

  13. Thanks, Carrie! I agree with Meg regarding a fondness for women named Carrie. (My sister-in-law included!) If I don’t happen to win the cookbook, I am definitely buying a copy for my great friend Karen. xo

  14. I am so intrigued by this cookbook as I am trying to overhaul how my family eats. Thank you for this amazing recommendation my friend!

  15. I have this cookbook at the top of my Christmas list this year!! Would love to win one!

  16. Love Boyh of your websites. I would love a copy of her new cookbook!

  17. Trying to convince my husband to go grain-free, I think this book would do it!

  18. Suzan Robertson says:

    I love apricots, so I know I’ll love this recipe! This cookbook looks so good, I’d love to have it. :-)

  19. Can’t wait to have a chance to try these great recipes! Thanks for the opportunity!

  20. Carrie I would love to get a copy of this, not only do the recipes look relish, but after medical issues with my kids this would be soo helpful. Also I have a friend that was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and to help her I have giving her your website and her and I are going to try to change our diet completely to try and reverse the disease as well as my childrens health problems.

  21. I like this combination, and would also want to try stuffing a whole (seeded and ribbed) jalapeno that had been previously roasted or grilled with a whole apricot before wrapping in bacon!

  22. This recipe is going on my list for holiday appetizers. I would love a chance to win a copy of the book!

  23. i <3 Carrie!!! Totally want to win this!!!

  24. ohhhhh pick me!!! I just went grain free, I’m sure this book really would help!

  25. I’m a bug fan of Carrie’s blog and story, so inspiring! I would love to be considered for a few copy of her book!

  26. I would LOVE love LOVE this book! I have struggled with health issues as well and food has been a HUGE part of recovery. The recipes in this book sound SO amazing. They would be even more amazing on my dinner table, shared with the fam. This girl has it bad-so please, please, PLEASE pick me to win :)

  27. I am new to the grain-free world with a newly diagnosed daughter, so I could use as many recipies as I can get. This cookbook would certainly get me started on those so I would love to be considered for a free cookbook! Thank you!!

  28. Pick me, pick me! Love Carrie’s blog and excited to add her cookbook to my kitchen. Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. the recipes look great, I would love a copy!

  30. i love trying new recipes and adding to my cookbook shelf!

  31. After struggling with gluten free mixes for many years, it is a treat to go grain free and Carrie has some very interesting recipes I would enjoy trying. Grain free is so much easier than gluten free. And her cookbook sounds amazing!

  32. I’m going grain free in 2015, and would LOVE to add this cookbook to my arsenal! Out with the old, in with the new!

  33. I’ve enjoyed the recipes I’ve tried off of Carrie’s blog. Would love to win this book.

  34. Jill Reynolds says:

    Always looking for new ideas for apps and these sound yummy and healthy doesn’t hurt either!

  35. Michelle C says:

    I am so blessed to have found Carrie’s blog! I am trying to truly treat my Hashimoto’s. I just started grain free living last week and this cookbook would help SO MUCH! I have 2 young daughters that I want to raise right and hope to help them stay healthy.

  36. Jaime Oglesby says:

    I love following her blog and FB posts. I actually bought her book for a friend but after seeing it, I believe it should be the next in my collection as well. I would be honors to be selected as the winner.

  37. Please pick me for the cookbook. I struggle with going grain free and I have Hashimotos thyroiditis and going grain free is strongly suggested but I haven’t been able to because it ask seems so overwhelming.

  38. As someone who has been completely healed of really icky stuff by changing my diet, I would love this cookbook to read more of Carrie’s story and get some great recipes of things that I can actually eat!

  39. Our family is about to dive into grain free eating to heal our bodies. This book sounds perfect to help us get started. Would love a giveaway!

  40. I actually want to give this to my nephew who I think would love it! so pick me pick me so I can give it to him 😉

  41. I love Carrie’s website and her book sounds wonderful! I would love to win a copy! Thanks 😉

  42. Collette Gerber says:

    Carrie’s cookbook is totally on my Christmas List – but I’m afraid I won’t get it. Carrie, I would love to win a copy – insuring I get it instead of hoping I get it!

  43. I’ve been really wanting this book for Christmas and it would be wonderful if I won! Please consider me for this book!

  44. This cookbook looks super awesome! I’d love a copy! And my name is also Carrie!!!

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