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The World of Allergy Free Cooking

Posted by jenskitchen on January 18, 2014

Sadly, I don’t yet have a recipe to share at this point. I’m cooking,  and we’re eating of course… I just haven’t had the opportunity to create anything new. I’m still doing an insane amount of research as I prepare to fully incorporate menus that are gluten-free, egg-free, fish-free, soy-free, peanut-free, corn-free, and tree-nut-free. It has been a bit crazy trying to get dinner on the table!

In the meantime, I do want to share some of the awesome blogs and products I have found so far:

Namaste Foods. Seriously, these people are great. The products are made in a dedicated facility free of gluten, wheat, soy, corn, potato, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy and casein.  So far, I’ve tried both the Chocolate Cake Mix and the Vanilla Cake Mix. Both are awesome. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find the full product line in stores. I would love to have my little guy try the Say Cheez Pasta Dinner. If I find it, I’ll let you know if my picky eater approves it! Update: I found the Say Cheez and we tried it. I loved it, but little guy did not. 😦

Better Batter. Yes, my favorite Gluten-Free flour blend still works for us (I almost cried in relief!) According to my communication with the wonderful people at Better Batter, only the Brownie Mix is off-limits for us. We’ve used the Pancake/Biscuit Mix as well as the Vanilla Cake and of course, the flour. I highly recommend using Better Batter flour and use it myself any time I am converting a non-Gluten-Free recipe to Gluten-Free!

Applegate. My favorite lunch meat can remain our favorite lunch meat! Hot dogs, bacon, and deli meat that I don’t have to worry about the picky eater eating. (My personal favorite is still the Natural Roast Beef). On the website FAQ there is a thorough explanation of corn-free products. I truly appreciated that.

And last, but not least… Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer. After feeling pretty horrible for telling my little man all of the things he can no longer have with his long list of allergies, it was nice to finally find a treat that he already loved was still going to be okay! After an email confirmation, I’m happy that he can have this every once in a while. Also safe are Reed’s Ginger Ale and Virgil’s Root Beer. Good to know.

One big issue I have is not being able to find a mayo that is corn-free, egg-free, AND soy-free. I can find mayos that are free of 1 or 2, but not all 3 at the same time. I did find a recipe for Milk Mayonnaise. It is not true Mayo as there are no eggs, but I plan to try it anyway. More on that later!

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Adjusting to new allergies… and planning for 2014

Posted by jenskitchen on January 15, 2014

Yes. I’ve not been a good blogger. I started off hoping to chronicle my adventures in learning how to cook for myself. Believe me, I’ve come a long way! But somewhere in the middle of THAT journey, I found myself on a variety of paths that have brought me back to learning how to cook again. This time, I am learning how to cook not only Gluten-Free, but also: Corn-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Fish-Free, Peanut-Free, and Tree-Nut-Free. Oh, and let’s not forget: free of cranberries, cucumbers, bananas, pineapple, cabbage, pears, strawberries, and sesame seeds. That’s only when it’s just the two of us – the little sous chef and me.  Update: The allergist has said no restriction on eggs and fish for now. 

Oh… and, I’m trying to cook every meal, every day, while dealing with the pain, exhaustion, and confusion of Fibromyalgia. Because life is all about the challenges, right?

So, I’m learning new things and cooking in new ways. I hope to have some recipes to share soon – especially some Asian-inspired dishes. I’ve almost figured out my son’s favorite – Orange Chicken. The little sous chef is celebrating his seventh birthday soon, so I should have an allergy-friendly birthday cake as well.

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