Allergic Girl Book Giveaway, and Happy V-DAY!
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY, dear readers. I hope you are all celebrating your loved ones safely, and heartily!
This year, instead of giving you allergy-free recipes for your sweethearts, I’m doing a giveaway of Sloane Miller’s forthcoming book, Allergic Girl, which is about living well with food allergies. Living well with food allergies, of course, also includes the trials and tribulations of romantic encounters with food allergies. See Sloane on a date, with food allergies, here.
To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is leave me a comment below, recounting a POSITIVE romantic or loving food experience, as it relates to food allergies or intolerances. For example, you could tell us about the most romantic meal that somebody prepared for you, with your food allergies in mind. Or something loving you made for you child who has food allergies. Or the gluten-free cake your grandmother made for you, even though she’s only baked with wheat flour her whole long life. Any act of love. For example, my husband has a few signature dishes. His greatest hit is his Baked Chicken Cutlets. I love these cutlets, but when I first met him, he made them with wheat bread crumbs, (that were also full of who-knows-what-all kinds of artificial flavors and probably MSG). But I’m allergic to wheat. When I eat wheat, I break out in a very unattractive rash that leaves a red mask on my face. Not very romantic. In deference to this food allergy (one of my many), my husband set about transforming this old-favorite into a gluten-free dairy-free delight. He makes this dish for me once a week. And this is my favorite romantic allergy-free meal, because it’s something he tried to wow me with in the early days of our relationship, and then took the care to adapt to make it safe for me (and I think, even more delicious!).
This contest will close on Friday, February 18th, and I will do the drawing in my typical fashion. Sloane will then mail the winner a copy of this brand spanking new book! DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT!
One of my favorite food experiences involves my son, who has multiple food allergies. My sister-in-law has thanksgiving every year at her house and she has gotten in the habit of making as much as possible allergy-free so that my son can enjoy the feast as well. She also does it to help me not have to make a second dinner to pack along for him too! This means so much to me, as i know others can relate. Cooking allergy-free isn’t all that difficult, it just means that you have to put a little more planning into your cooking and mot serve store-bought and processed foods (in our case)…I appreciate those family members, teachers, and friends that keep my son in mind when planning their menus.
when my multiple allergic daughter attended a birthday party there was another child there who suffered from similar allergies and his mom did not have a cupcake recipe… so we made an extra one for him and he was SOOOO excited when we gave it to him… and it made my daughter so happy to share with him (and another child who has allergies)!
Ever since my youngest brother (11 years younger than me) was a toddler, he had been taught the importance of reading labels, especially when it came to giving me food. By age 3 or 4 he could already recognize the words “wheat” and “milk” (the two things he is allergic to) on ingredient labels. One Halloween he was sorting through his Halloween candy, making two piles. One of candy he could have and one of candy for the parents. (it would all be double checked before he ate any of it, but it was a good learning experience). He came upon a gold foil wrapped piece of chocolate in the shape of a coin. I watched out of the corner of my eye as he turned it over and over in his hands, looking for the ingredient label. When he couldn’t find it, he got the biggest grin on his face and exclaimed “Lellen (his version of my name) can have it! There’s nothing in it!” After a good laugh and explaining to him that because there was no ingredient list, I most definitely couldn’t have it, and that it was chocolate and most certainly had milk in it, he reluctantly put it in the pile for the parents.
Now, almost a dozen years later, he loves to try and cook for me (under close supervision) and will sometimes bring me something to eat and say “There’s nothing in it! you can eat it!”
My favorite experience was when I made the chocolate cake recipe from your allergen free baking cookbook for the first time for my husband’s birthday. He is not allergen free, but one of our children is. Was the first really, REALLY good, couldn’t-tell-it-was-everything-free birthday cake I’d ever made, the first really good (not gritty, not gummy) GFCFSFEF thing we all enjoyed TOGETHER, where my girl didn’t have to eat something different from the rest of us. 😉 Hubby said that you could serve that cake anywhere and no one would know that it wasn’t wheat based with eggs.
pretty romantic when my husband makes dinner plans at a friend’s house and makes sure that the cook knows my allergy issues (and my daughter’s) so that i don’t have to do it 🙂
We have adapted just about everything we eat on a daily basis to include our 3 year old. Even on holidays, for the most part, family will try to adapt our HUGE meals to be what we call “Jayden safe”. Candy on the other had has been something I haven’t tried to make; I have done cookies and cakes, but never candy and chocolates. One of my favorite Valentine’s treats are chocolate covered strawberries. My son has never been able to eat them, due to his multitude of food allergies. This year, we opted to make our own, rather than buy them. I think he has found a favorite treat for Valentine’s as well!
My daughter is allergic to eggs and citrus and she has been so good at being careful and not eating any of her halloween candy before it is checked and telling people about her allergies from the time she started preschool. I wanted to do something special with her that she could not only help me make and not worry about, but she could share with her friends and preschool buddies. For Valentine’s Day a couple of years ago, we made these fabulous chocolate shortbread cookies with Valrhona cocoa and french butter. They have a touch of cinnamon and chili pepper in them as well, which just gives them that extra marvelousness. I have pictures of her sitting on the counter, completely delighted, whisking the dry ingredients together, tasting the dough, and generally being covered with chocolate. We made that our “v-day” tradition – getting full of chocolate and making something non-allergenic (I have multiple food allergies, too) that we can enjoy together; making, tasting, and sharing.
When we met, my husband was a single dad who ate out of a box/can. Hamburger Helper was a regular at his dinner table. After we married, 9 years ago, I began to educate him about my many allergies (8 of them!). These days he is an avid label reader, always looking to see if regularly purchased products have made any changes. He searches out new foods and knows all the key words for all of my allergies. Needless to say, HH no longer lives at our house, even though he could eat it if he wants.
He creates BBQ sauce from scratch for me whenever I ask and refuses to divulge the secret recipe but I know I can trust him wholeheartedly because he truly ‘gets it’.
Keeping him out of my allergy-free, warm-from-the-oven (Cybele-created-recipe) chocolate chocolate chip cookies…now that’s another story!!
When we go out to eat, he is better than I am sometimes at explaining my list to waitstaff!
All of his kind attentiveness and attention to detail makes every time he cooks for me a romantic meal. I am a lucky woman to have such a terrific husband.
My oldest son is allergic to wheat, eggs, dairy, tree nuts, peanuts, oats, barley and probably something I am forgetting. His birthday was at the end of January and I was able to make an entire party of food that was safe for him. A taco bar, guac, salsa, Puerto Rican rice and beans and of course your chocolate cupcakes with chocolate butter cream frosting (which are now being requested for everyones birthday!). It was wonderful that his day was safe for him to run and play and EAT without a worry from any of us.
My fondest food memory occured just yesterday. My 3 year old daughter asked if we could make love cookies ( hearts) for valentines day. I said sure, & without a thought, she made sure to remind me to make sure we made them without wheat, eggs, nuts or sesame so her 14 month old little brother could also have them. As we rolled out the dough, and cut out hearts, than baked & frosted them, I was reminded of what a privilege it is to be a parent. Food allergies or not, my 3 year old had the foresight & consideration for her sibling to make sure we included him in our cookie fun. I am humbled to be witness to the miracles & grace of watching my children grow up. We are navigating our food allergy journey together as a family & our focus is definitely on the positive. By the way, we used your allergen free sugar cookie recipe & they turned out great! My kids, husband & myself all enjoyed them. Thank you .
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I am so loving your recipes! Thank you! My children and I were all diagnosed last year with Celiac disease and Dairy allergies. My husband has become my Gluten and Dairy free superhero- we love to travel, and when planning a big trip to Denmark last summer, he fastidiously researched places where we could safely eat, contacted them and made arrangements with them to provide for us and really went above and beyond the call of duty so I would not have to stress and worry about”who was going to get sick first”. He was amazing- and no one got ill. He also contracted a chocolatier to make the most luscious and delectable gluten and dairy free artisinal Belgium chocolates. I had always been a milk chocolate lover and missed that style of chocolate, but these chocolates were incredible and well beyond anything I had before. (and I have had some serious chocolate in my life!) My children and I are spoiled by this man we adore! (and my hips are a bit wider too! ;0)
Being snowed in up in Mammoth. We were all going a little stir crazy by the second day, and the electricity was out on top of that. So I decided that it was time to make cookies for all of us. My son is allergic to wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, oats, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame & corn. I had pre-mixed all the dry ingredients before we left & put it in a mason jar. It was so much fun mixing everything together, and I let them mix in as many chocolate chips (enjoy life) as they wanted to 🙂 Thank goodness the stove was gas! They joy on their faces when the cookies came out of the oven is priceless. My son loves it when he can eat what his sister is eating, instead of having a “special” meal. Really a proud moment as a mommy.
My mom is constantly trying to make sweets for me since I started a milk and soy free diet while nursing my first baby two years ago to contain my major sweet-tooth. Turns out our son has multiple (about 12) food allergies and we are now expecting our second baby any day! We have our fingers crossed that she will not have her brother’s belly, but I’m dairy and soy free to start until we find out. Today, Valentine’s Day, my mom spent the morning in the kitchen baking with my son while I was working to try TWO more cookie recipes for us. Not only were they made with love, but in the shape of Choo Choo Trains! And they taste amazing!
My mother in law has been awesome regarding my daughter’s food allergies. I was nursing my daughter, then pregnant again, and now still nursing again so I haven’t had anything allergenic in over a year now. Liz has created so many things I miss but the most loving thing she did was work for three days on a mock cheesecake. She created “tohu” from garbanzos instead of soy and then made the cake. It was great and she did it because I missed cheesecake. When she visits she cooks and since we can’t eat out really, it is such a nice break for me. She also makes bags of your flour mix for me so I don’t have to. Love her!
I dont have any allergic from any dessert, or any foods just the Shrimp. It turns me into red too like its color when cooked. For about 3-4 hours before itll disappear. But this valentine, my Mom prepared just a simple gathering. Foods with 90% gluten free all. Some ingredients were didnt able to buy so we used other ingredients and its no choice at all. We gathered ourselves for a very special dinner. Of course there was shrimp again, its dad’s favorite. But I escape from it 🙂
I was finally diagnosed with multiple food allergies after complaining to docs for over 20 years. So out of no where this 100% Italian girl (who grew up in a restaurant & catering business… married to a 100% Italian boy who has no allergies) has to actually “think” when she cooks. Nothing comes natural, nothing is easy (yet). Throughout this whole ordeal… I receive not one complaint, or wrinkled nose from my sweet husband when I try something new that perhaps doesn’t work too well. Instead he goes out of his way to refuse the bread in restaurants, only orders things he can share with me, search for food items in the grocery store I can actually eat, insists he shares my new “diet”, brings snack when we are on the road and I forget, and even frantically changes the channel when a commercial advertising a food I once loved but can no longer have is on the television. Thank you Cybele for helping to make my life a bit easier.
I’m so excited to read your new book. I have loved ll your recipes nd made the double choco chunk cookies tonight (still in oven now). Anyway, thanks and good luck to me!
First I would like to say “Homa” how do you make tofu from garbanzo instead of soy? I am allergic to many things including soy and dairy and would love to have this recipe!!!
My mother-in-law (to be) for New Years this year made gluten food for the guests and rest of the family but for my girls and I she made the most wonderful chicken mol`e, avocado shrimp cocktail and chicken enchiladas! She is Mexican and 75 years old! It was so sweet of her to cook so much extra for us and this is defiantly one time that we didn’t eat just salad or fruit for dinner. It is so refreshing when people who don’t have any allergies go to such an extent out of their way to put “love” into their cooking.
One of my favorite food memories is from today! My son is 3 years old and has Eosinophillic Esophagitis, acid reflux, esophageal strictures and severe food allergies. For his special treat he requested the Crispy Oatmeal cookies (from your Allergen Free Bakers Cookbook) and we added Craisins for them (so they had some valentine red). He called them his “Valentine” treatsies! My baby (13 months) also has multiple food allergies and she ate 1/2 a cookie which is a huge accomplishment. My son declared “She really likes them” and as I’m writing this my husband is cleaning off the plate. He declared the cookies “taste like they have real eggs in them” and were very fun! (I used flax eggs). Hmm..wonder what treat we’ll make tomorrow? (I try one of your recipes every day, no joke my kids are so happy and my son is gaining weight for the first time since last May he weighs more then 34 pounds! Thank you for such wonderful recipes. Ann Marie 🙂
Today (Valentine’s Day) I made my son (who has severe multiple food allergies) allergen free chicken nuggets as well as your recipe for rice milk ranch dressing so he could dip his veggies in. He loved it! It was so joyful to see him eat something and actually enjoy it. Thank you so much for your work and your recipes. We are loving them!
Can I wrap together many acts of allergen-free love in one? Last year, I was pregnant with our fourth baby. It turned into a high risk pregnancy and I was hospitalized and on bed rest for 3 months. Has anyone else considered the irony that one cannot get allergen-free food in a hospital? My friends and family cooked non-stop for me and even hauled a small fridge into my hospital room so I could have proper food to eat. Thanks for the giveaway!
Two years ago, we found it necessary to overhauled our eating going gluten free, and getting rid of nitrates, nitrites, msg, HFCS, artificial colors/flavors. It was very overwhelming to say the least as I am sure every one reading this understands. There are several examples of love that happened that really meant so much to me, more than these people will ever know. One instance was that my dearest friend read the same books (on going gluten free, etc) and she said she wanted to read them just so she would know what I was talking about. =0) Then we had to go away for a weekend soon after going gf and this same friend made sure that every thing for our meals was taken care of. She went above and beyond and helped me work through the menu so that every single meal was gluten free. It really helped to have someone to work through all this stuff. I also had a friend who wanted to have our family over for dinner (did I mention we are a family of 6?=0) and she also took every measure and precaution to make sure our meal was gluten free and delicious. It brought me to tears that they would care so much for me and my family. =0)
There have been many acts of love in our lives. Both my sons (13 and 8) have multiple food allergies. The first amazing thing happened when my youngest was a baby. We’d just learned of his allergies when we went to friends’ for dinner. Since I was still breastfeeding, my friend made special foods for me without wheat/rye/barley/oats, dairy, eggs, or nuts. I remember crying at her generosity. Since then, my mother has changed so many recipes (and her shopping) every time we go there for family gatherings, all so her grandsons can safely share in the meal. Finally, each of my boys recently experienced caring experiences at school. My oldest celebrated a birthday. It turns out that each student is given a card and candy bar by the student government; they made a point of getting him treats from Enjoy Life. The other thing happened just today. When my youngest came home from school, he had a bag full of valentines from his classmates. But what he really wanted to tell me was how his friend had given him a beautiful apple instead of something he couldn’t eat. I’ll make safe food for my kids every day, but when other people go out of their way to take care of the boys, it’s truly special.
My 2 1/2 year old daughter has multiple food allergies. Not only does her big sister (who is 5) watch out for her as to what she eats, but it is now my life’s work.
My favorite food memory is making the “Allergy-Friendly ” Caramel Cupcakes with Caramel “Buttercream” Frosting. She was beyond thrilled to have such a normal treat and was just as proud that her sister loved eating them with her. It brought tears to my eyes watching them frost the cupcakes, sharing the treat and laughing! An absoulute great Mommy moment.
Thank your for the cupcake receipe and for your cookbooks! They are my favorite resources for making my daughter feel like she can enjoy the same foods that other kids can!!
Hopefully this doesn’t mess up the contest entry numbering but this response is for Eve. I would have to ask her but I found this via google, it sounds like what I saw her do over two days:
We can’t use corn products so I think she used tapioca or arrowroot starch instead of the cornstarch. She then used a vegan cheesecake recipe from “The Vegetarian Mother’s Cookbook” and adapted it to our other restrictions. Sounds like you have a fantastic mother in law as well!
As folks with food allergies and intolerances know, there are many more occasions of disappointment than joy when it comes to eating with people who aren’t aware or don’t care… like at work. No matter how many times I politely request to be included in lunch parties, the idea of ordering something for the person with the allergy is really beyond people for some reason. Then, I’m faulted or questioned for “not participating” even though I’ve asked if maybe I could participate pretty please. So, my food love story is not about one cake, one treat, one special moment. Those come, and they are so appreciated. In the end, what matters is when you have a true partnership with someone, who is always going to care about helping you eat, not just occasionally. My boyfriend has never, not once, complained that my GF eating was a bad deal for him. He’s okay with eating wherever I can eat, and never makes me feel guilty for dictating restaurant choices. He shops with the best of intentions to bring home GF products, and he will help me speak with restaurant staff when I’m trying to figure out what I can order without getting sick. When he hears of a new GF menu at a restaurant, he tells me. When I proclaim “no more dairy! I can’t do it!” he eats all of the ice cream in the house to protect me. A man who will always support me, no matter the cumbersome diet choices I have to make to stay healthy. I’ve already won, in my perspective ; )
I would love a copy of this book!
I always feel bad that my son can’t eat snacks with his friends, so I love to make him little treats, such as your Blueberry Boy Bait or special granola bars with sunbutter and gluten free oats. I love cooking and baking for my little guy!
Whenever my food-allergic son comes home from college I always like to bake him some egg- and nut-free treats and make his favorite dishes for dinner. This includes the Oatmeal Cookies from my “What’s to Eat?” Food Allergy Cookbook, and Jason’s Four-Star Brisket from “What Else is to Eat?”, my second cookbook. Of course, these books themselves were truly labors of love for my family and the entire food allergy community (I’m sure you can relate to that, Cybele!).
When my three sons were first diagnosed with their multiple allergies I was dumbfounded and wasn’t sure how I would ever enjoy cooking again. Little by little we found ways to eat and enjoy foods again. However, baked treats just never really turned out and started to become a huge waste of money for our tight budget. Then a dear friend who was also Puerto Rican surprised us by baking a favorite dessert completely ‘safe’. She is a single woman who thinks of my boys often when she spies products that appear safe for them. The night she went out of of her way to figure out a new recipe for ‘Arroz con Dulce’ to satisfy all our sweet cravings I cried. For someone outside of our family to go through some considerable effort to create a favorite traditional dessert was a big deal to me then and now. We have felt like a “fringe” family for years because we couldn’t enjoy potlucks at church gatherings or many other food centered events, the boys were too young to understand the dangers of so many different foods.
They are older now and are very aware of their allergies and they are appropriately appreciative when anyone makes any effort to consider that in preparing foods.
My fiance always makes sure to ask all the questions at restaurants and makes sure I always have something I can eat. It makes me able to enjoy our time together even more.
My most favorite meal I have prepared for my severely food allergic son was last Thanksgiving. Because our lives have revolved so much around what he cannot have for the last 5 years, I wanted to prepare a full on Thanksgiving feast featuring all foods that my son can safely eat.
My goal was for all of us to eat the same food together with no special separate dishes, no separate serving utensils, no worries about cross-contamination, no questions of “can I try that Mom” and no answers of “no, I’m sorry, its an allergen.” SO did gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, nut-free Thanksgiving!
Our Feast was free of all the Top 8 Allergens (plus sunflower, sesame and flax!) and it was amazing. The meal took a great deal of pre-planning and preparation, but it was so worth it to see his excitement and enjoyment of the new dishes. Our Thanksgiving was perfect in having gratitude for all the wonderful foods we CAN have.
This is about food sensitivities in general. I had been (still am) trying to avoid certain foods on the blood type diet and boost foods that were good for me as well as buy strictly organic. So I had modified a granola receipe and needed some walnuts… I decided that they should be English Walnuts and sent my boyfriend out to buy some organic english walnuts. He came home empty handed and explained that he had looked in the organic section but those walnuts had no specific variety listed, then he had enlisted the help of the grocer to search the store, then had compelled the poor man to go and get the box they came in to see if they could determine what type of walnuts they were before returning home defeated. So we decided that variety didn’t matter as long as they were organic and made the best granola ever!!
My son, Evan, is two, and has multiple food allergies (egg, milk, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, sunflower seeds, lemons, and strawberries). He also has trouble with dyes and we are waiting for bloodwork for a few other foods. His allergist told me it wasn’t possible for me to prepare family dinners that were safe for him on a regular basis, but I was determined to do it anyway. We’ve been eating dinner as a family 3-4 times per week (based on my husband’s work schedule) and we ONLY eat food that is safe for Evan when we eat with him. Recently, we also had a Superbowl party at our house and Evan could eat EVERY single thing there. I am proud of my accomplishments and I love seeing him light up when we can share something yummy. He loves to eat, despite all the food allergies!
Since my son went gluten and lactose free last spring, every meal is an act of love to heal his tummy and make it happy. That’s ok for me to do, but the biggest surprise was when my uncle – who is very cynical about gluten intolerance – devised a buckwheat crepe recipe especially for my son. The crepes were amazing!
My son in law married my daughter 6 years ago but they started dating when they were 15. So he has been in our family now for 15 years. He came from a family that truly ate out every meal. In the 15 years I have known his mom she has cooked 3 times – chicken spaghetti. My daughters first date with her now husband was not the best of choices. He had made reservations at an Italian restaurant not knowing she had food issues as he originally called it. Her celiac disease had not really come up in the flirting that went on at school. He definitely knew by the end of the evening when she ordered a dry salad because that was all the restaurant could accommodate her with.
After dinner, the two sat for hours while he asked questions and she explained what celiac disease was and why she could not have gluten. He made a pledge to her that night that since he did not know how to cook, he would learn to cook gluten free if she and I would teach him. During college they hosted game day parties at one of their apts. for upwards of 30. The menus were always gluten free and delicious. Married 6 years now and 2 children later and they keep a gluten free household. It is much easier to keep cross contamination issues down. It is true love in my book for a teenager to learn to cook gluten free and now only consume gluten away from home so his sweetie won’t get sick.
Honestly, I make everything for my 2 year old son from scratch due to his multiple allergies. That said, I’m not going to recall any of those meals, instead, I’m going to recall a most recent 2nd Birthday and the bond of friendship.
My friend’s daughter, and my son’s girlfriend (ha ha!), was turning 2. Without asking me beforehand she tried to make one of your cake recipes as her daughter’s sole birthday cake. Not a “safe” side cake- THE cake.
She called me a few days before asking me questions about egg replacer and Xanthum Gum and I asked her why…She finally broke down and told me what she was doing. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
A day before the party she called me really upset, she hadn’t read the ingredients of the shortening she purchased, assuming “vegetable” shortening was safe, and was horrified when she went to put the container away after using it (in the cake) and it was made of soybeans. She was so upset I could feel her defeat through the phone.
This was the most thoughtful thing that anyone has ever done for me and my son. Still gives me shivers and it was over a month ago.
My two and four year old grandsons decided to treat their mama, my daughter, to a picnic. They asked her to sit on the side of her bed and wait for her surprise. She could hear cabinet doors open and close and rustling going on in the kitchen. She knew there was nothing within their reach that could hurt them, so she waited as patiently as possible. Finally, she had to go see what they were up to. They had stripped the blanket off their bed and spread it down in the den floor. On the blanket each of them had a plate with fruit, cookies and crackers. They had put the milk jug in the middle of the blanket and said they were just getting ready to pour their drinks. She was delighted she had made it in time for that portion of the serving. The boys were so excited as they told her that they read all the packages and made sure everything was gluten free so she could eat too. Having just turned 2 and 4 neither one can read but they obviously knew enough to know that they needed to use products they knew their mama could have. My daughter said that each plate was fixed with love and the smiles on their faces certainly showed their pride in their lovely picnic they had provided.
Thank you all for your amazing stories! This post is closed now. I’ll do the drawing today.
and the winner is: CHRISTINA D! To check out the drawing, see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MViD0XDHc1E
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