I met Chrissy, Sean, and their then only-kiddo (Kayden) Gower several years ago when I first made a trip up to Chico, CA to visit with she and her brother-in-law (you may have heard of him) who wrote the foreword for this book and also happened to write one for mine as well. Well, here we are not long after that meeting, both have books published and are cranking away at helping other people to make this whole Paleo “thing” a lot easier.
I can't even begin to count how many times people have asked me for more slow cooker recipes… well, folks, Chrissy's done it for you here. And she's cooking up things in that slow cooker I'd never have imagined! Without further introduction, check out this interview with Chrissy Gower of Growing Up Paleo and, now, Paleo Slow Cooking. Hang in there until the end for details on how to enter to win a copy of the book! -Diane
1. Many authors call their book a “labor of love.” How was the whole Gower family involved in the labor of creating Paleo Slow Cooking and how has it changed the way you prep and cook meals?
Creating Paleo Slow Cooking was definitely a labor of love as well as necessity for our family. I have to say that each member of our family contributed in some capacity. I was pregnant with Rylee throughout the majority of this project. I like to think that she helped me flavor/season the dishes in the book. Kayden literally helped me chop, measure, peel, stir – you name it – he was by my side helping me create each dish in Paleo Slow Cooking. My husband was my taste tester, recipe tester, and voice of reason. I have always included Kayden in my kitchen adventures so not much has changed in that regard. The biggest change I would have to say is that my husband now cooks and helps out with meals (thank you slow cooker).
2. The holidays are almost here! What is your favorite classic dish that you now make into a Paleo version using your slow cooker?
My favorite Paleo version of a classic dish is my Butternut Squash Lasagna and the Chocolate Almond Butter Swirl Brownies – both pictured here in this post.
3. How do you handle “teachable moments” like when Kayden sees a commercial for a food product that is geared towards children but you won't be buying for him to eat?
I feel fortunate that if/when Kayden sees food that is marketed towards children he always asks if it has gluten in it. If it does, I just respond “yes that has gluten in it, we don’t eat that” or “that will hurt our bellies.” Sometimes I will try to replicate a Paleo friendly version of the product if I can.
4. What advice do you have for expecting mothers on how to handle family members that are not on board with raising a child using a Paleo lifestyle template?
My advice is to do what you believe in your heart to be the best for your child/children. As parents I think that is just what we do regardless of the lifestyle chosen. At the end of the day you are your child’s parent and are the one who needs to be comfortable and confident in how you raise your child/children.
5. Trick or Treat? What can kids except to find when they knock on the Gower Family's door this year?
Ha! Great question! For the past 3 years we have taken Kayden trick or treating early on in the evening and then I would redistribute the candy that he got along with some pencils, erasers, and stickers that I had purchased to the trick or treaters that came to our house. This year we are planning on taking the candy to a local dentists office where they trade candy in for books and other trinkets as part of Operation Buy Back.
Kitchen Tip: What should one look for when selecting a slow cooker?
Some of my favorite features in a slow cooker are: automatic switch to warm, programmable cook time (not just 2, 4, 6, and 8 hour settings), and a latching lid.
TO ENTER THE PALEO SLOW COOKING BOOK GIVEAWAY:
1. “Like” Paleo Slow Cooking on Facebook
2. Comment here letting us know you've completed Step 1 and tell us why you want a copy of Paleo Slow Cooking! If you've already ordered a copy, tell us who you'd give a second copy away to and why.
NOTE: Only one comment per person will count as an entry. Posting more than one comment will disqualify you from the contest, so please just post once! Thanks!!
That’s it! No purchase necessary.
Note: This contest will be open for entries through 5pm Eastern time on Friday October 5th, 2012 and ONE WINNER will be selected using random.org and emailed and announced here on the blog. If you do reply to the winning announcement email to claim your prize within 48 hours of the announcement, a new winner will be selected in your place.