April 24, 2014

Take a Look, I'm in a Book: Chowstalker Community Cookbook

I'm in a book. When I say that, I want to break out in song, like SNL's "I'm a boat" but without all the curse words (and other stuff). Just a repeat of "I'm in a book." Maybe standing atop a gigantic book. I'll end it with a Wayne and Garth-style, "I'm not worthy!" It will be a hit. I can feel it. Um yeah, moving on (and getting serious for once)...

Before I started this blog, I was in a dark place in my life. (Quite literally at one point. Closed up in a dark house with nothing but black clothes.) Though I hoped the removal of my gallbladder was going to suddenly solve my health issues, it didn't. I was desperate, tired, and depressed. Part of the reason was due to life events, but later I realized how gluten was not only affecting my physical health, but my mental health, and had been for most of my life. Despite dealing with feelings of complete hopelessness, depression, anxiety, and struggling with my self-worth, I wanted to write. I wanted to share. I wanted to help others, even when I barely knew how to help myself...

(Side note: For me, going gluten-free has positively affected my mental health immensely. One day I might be brave enough to tell the whole story and how I began to finally crawl out of the dark hole.)

Take a look, I'm in a Book: Chowstalker Community Cookbook (Available as part limited-time Primal Life Kit)

Don't want to read but want to get the Chowstalker Community eCookbook? Find it as part of the limited time Primal Life Kit here

So...I wrote about my Whole30 experience. Though I don't think I'm great or anything, writing has always been my creative outlet. Whether a poem about love, treasure hunt clues for the kids, rants about my beliefs, or my-type-of-humor explanation about food, writing is how I express my creativity or make it through a difficult time. When time and energy allowed, I continued writing, despite the anxiety I experienced when I published a post. I'm not an expert at any of this and I'm just learning as I go, with limited resources. I'm writing about my journey, my struggles, my experiences and experiments, and the foods that I enjoy and eat (though I've tweaked some older recipes I posted too soon). And I hope someone out there is listening, learning, and maybe even enjoying something I create. Because it's not about me. It's about you. Whoever is reading this.

So, where am I going with this? When I was invited to contribute to The Chowstalker Community Cookbook, I almost said no because of the anxiety and self-doubt it would cause. I've done many things in my life that take strength (joining the military) and guts (skydiving, anyone? :)), yet this was different. I still have a lot of anxiety about putting myself out there "in public." But I went for it. This journey is all about progress. Not just your health, but in anything else in your life you want to improve upon. Maybe you are having a difficult time with paleo, or maybe you struggle with loving yourself, or with some other aspect of yourself or life. The journey and the progress are more important than the destination. Although lately I haven't written more about the struggles I've had, I want to get back to doing more of that (with the other things). To share my journey, with food and healing, so you know you are not alone or to help you see the (sometimes slow) progress. It can take time, but real food and natural living can heal!

Take a look, I'm in a Book: Chowstalker Community Cookbook (Available as part limited-time Primal Life Kit)
Lots of tips!

So today, I'm sharing this new ebook with you, one that I am anxious proud and humbled to be a part of, The Chowstalker Community Cookbook (with 70 never-before published recipes). I don't like to sell things to be honest, but if you feel like this is something that will help you out in your journey or you want to gift to a friend, I wanted you to know about it. Plus, um, I'm in a book.

I'm late posting this, but you still have until Monday, April 28th to grab the book as part of the Primal Life Kit here. 

About the book: 

The lovely Patty and Ron Strilaeff of Chowstalker.com really put together a great resource, full of beautiful recipes and extra tips and information. Right now, you can get the Chowstalker Community Cookbook as part of a limited time bundle. It will be available later on its own, but with so many other valuable resources, it's a really great time to grab your copy. It's beautiful and informative and I even helped edit all 200-something pages of it! It's so informative that while editing, I took some of the advice in the book and reached out to a farmer to see if I could get some offal (more on that later). But it's so much more.

It's full of recipes from a large range of bloggers. Some you definitely have heard of (Domestic Man, The Clothes Make the Girl) and some you may be discovering for the first time. But I can tell you from seeing the book that it is filled with lots of delicious looking recipes (many are exclusive to this book). It's strictly main and side dishes, all paleo, and all inexpensive. There are no desserts. This is a paleo-based book, and there are a lot of meats, seafood, and egg recipes included. And of course, there are veggies. You will find two of my favorites I've posted: Cauliflower Steaks with Chimichurri and Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto. I wanted to include a new recipe (one that I've been dying to share with you guys), but I didn't have time to do so.

See the full list of resources and products HERE.   
If you choose to purchase through my link, I will receive a commission. This is just a way to support my site and my part in the book. I truly appreciate any of you that choose to purchase through my links.

Take a Look, I'm in a Book: Chowstalker Community Cookbook (part of limited-time bundle)

Important: When you purchase the $39 Primal Life Kit you will get over $1500 worth of some very popular and life-changing Paleo and Primal resources and products. It might seem like an overwhelming amount of information, but if you find two or three resources that you really want, it makes the whole deal worth it. So take a look at the full list and see if it's something you will actually use. All of these are available for just $39 for this week only (April 21st through April 28th). You will not be shipped any physical goods. All items are web-based. They are in PDF format, so you can read them on any device (computer, phone, Kindle, etc.).

Please contact neely@paleoplan.com with any questions about the Primal Life Kit.

Take a look, I'm in a Book: Chowstalker Community Cookbook (Available as part limited-time Primal Life Kit)

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  1. I am not sure if this will appeal to you or not, but I found this recipe to be too sweet (although close). I found that if I replaced the caramelized onions with 1/2 cup freeze dried onions (I used the ones from Thrive) and then replace the mayo with sour cream and reduced the aminos to 1/2 tsp it tasted exactly right to my palate. I tried several onion styles and I could not rid the sweetness until I went to freeze dried.

    I moved to the Pacific Northwest 15 years ago and I can not buy French Onion Dip that has a good taste (I have learned it has too much aminos here). Now I can make my own fairly easily. Thank you very much for your recipe.

  2. Livin' the Crunchy LifeJune 1, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Hi Jeffrey! I actually planned to make this with freeze dried onions, so I appreciate your feedback. This version is a little sweet for me as well (though the closest I could get at the time), so I was looking to play around with the recipe again. I'm glad you were able to adjust and make the recipe work for you. Thanks again for your comment -- I will definitely be trying out the freeze dried next time!

  3. This looks fabulous and I'm making it tonight! We live on Vancouver Island, Canada, where wild salmon is plentiful and affordable, so we eat lots of it. Question though....the directions mention vinegar and mustard, which are not listed in the ingredients. Can you clarify? Thanks.

  4. Livin' the Crunchy LifeJuly 6, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Sorry about that Justine! I fixed it...no vinegar and mustard is optional.

    I'm jealous of all of your fresh salmon. ;-) I hope you enjoy!

  5. Livin' the Crunchy LifeJuly 10, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Glad you liked it! Thanks for letting me know! :)

  6. How much am I supposed to drink daily for the skin and health benefits?

  7. Livin' the Crunchy LifeJuly 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Hi Ashley, this post is more about how I use ACV externally . I do drink it in my water though but I'm not sure how much I typically drink (it varies). You can check the FAQ on Braggs website for what they say about it (which is several tbsps a day): http://bragg.com/products/acvFAQ.html#acv_faq3e

    Hope that helps!

  8. Livin' the Crunchy LifeJuly 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Glad you love it! I've used honey as a face mask, but I've heard good things about using it as a face wash. Good luck to you!

  9. why do you have to refrigerate if you use green tea?

  10. Livin' the Crunchy LifeAugust 3, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Hi Gretchen! Brewed tea develops bacteria if left too long at room temp. To keep the toner fresh longer, you should store it in the fridge. If you prefer not to do so, you could make it daily. Drink a cup of green tea in the evening, set a little aside, add ACV, then apply. Hope that helps!

  11. I cant wait to try this!!!! But how long is it safe to keep this mixture before I need to be concerned about microbes?

  12. Livin' the Crunchy LifeAugust 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Hi Cassaundra! Sorry the late reply. ACV has a long shelf life, but since we are mixing it with distilled water, I make small batches. After about 2-3 months, I would dump what hasn't been used.

    I hope it works out for you!

  13. Hey do we have to refrigerate this?

  14. Livin' the Crunchy LifeSeptember 4, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Nope! It will last several months on the counter if you use distilled water.

  15. 1-2 tablespoons 2 times a day mixed with either water or orange juice

  16. Livin' the Crunchy LifeSeptember 30, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Thanks, Paige!

    Braggs recommends 3 times a day for maximum results, but 2 or 3 times is good!

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  19. Hi Jackie - Just found this post looking for ACV/rose water toner. So, you used ACV to remove a mole? I have all sorts of questions... was it large mole, did it just peel off or dry up and fall off, or was it a skin tag? thanks.

  20. Livin' the Crunchy LifeDecember 7, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Hi Marsha! I'm working on a detailed post for this...it's just taking me awhile. :) I will try to get it up soon, but if you'd like, send me an email at livinthecrunchylife (at) gmail dot com and I'll share a bit with you.

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    If you get tired of waiting, just shoot me an email. :)

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