This past Thursday I had the pleasure of joining Caroline Potter of Colorful Eats at Sausage and Meat here in San Diego to celebrate the release of her amazing cookbook, All-American Paleo Table among her family, friends and local bloggers. Everyone was there to eat incredible food, socialize and offer praise to the magnificent cookbook that Caroline has poured her blood, sweat and tears into, literally! We dined on Garlic, Rosemary Parmesan Bacon, Hashtag Fries with Jalapeno Ketchup and Sriracha BBQ sauce, Bacon Fat Deviled Eggs, a Sausage Board with Bacon Chipotle, Whiskey Fennel and Pineapple Portuguese sausages, a Strawberry and Mozzarella salad with pickled jalapeno and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chipotle bacon and Parmesan. All that amazingness was followed by desserts from the cookbook made by Caroline and her family, Chewy Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies (page 92) and Double Chocolate Fudge Brownies (page 170). Needless to say everything was beyond amazing! I apologize for the lack of food pictures from the event. I was too busy stuffing my face to get any good shots!
If you are new to Caroline, you should start by reading her story. There she shares in vivid detail her Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis and how she decided to chose joy over a life of anger and despair while fighting this life long disease. Caroline is a quiet beauty who exudes joy. Her recipes are dangerously delicious. Her photos are mind-blowingly magical and her personality is full of gracious gratitude. While I have a kitchen cabinet full of cookbooks, many of which I have never used, I knew I had to get Caroline’s immediately because it was going to be nothing short of amazing. I also knew that being a Type 1 Diabetic, her sweetener choices in each recipe would be something that I wouldn’t dare to feel guilty about indulging in every once in a while. Nor would I need an extra ordinary dose of insulin to combat said sugars because she planned each recipe to include fats and proteins which helps to slow down the rate in which your body absorbs carbohydrates (sugars).
The recipes in this cookbook are grouped together and laid out in a way that centers around some of my most favorite events. From Game Day, to Movie Night, to Thanksgiving and Christmas to name a few, you will find a collection of the most delicious recipes to help you create enjoyable and memorable moments with friends and family. Caroline has put a real-food spin on some of your classic favorites like waffles, wings, pizza and tacos but also so much more. You will find options for nut-free, dairy-free, and no sugar added recipes, providing alternatives for everyone no matter the dietary restrictions. Caroline is living in Hawaii with her husband Steven where they are currently stationed. You can feel the Hawaiian influence in the light airy photos, the beautiful flowers and the tropical flavors in recipes like her Hawaiian Acai Bowl.
So far I have made three recipes from the book and plan to do at least three more each weekend until I have made them all! I started off with the Chicken Pot Pie and Biscuits (page 40 and 64) for dinner and topped that off with the Chewy Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies (page 92) for dessert. While my end products were no where close to as beautiful as the ones in Caroline’s photos, they were mouthwatering and full of flavor. I am looking forward to eating my way through this book from cover to cover! If you would like the opportunity to do the same head over to my Instagram page. I am giving away a copy of this spectacular cookbook signed by Caroline. Then you can start cooking and eating your way through the All-American Paleo Table with me!
To a nourished life,