Allergy Friendly Friday
I don’t know exactly what to post today. It’s the Friday before the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, a day that will forever be ingrained in our cultural consciousness. I remember it vividly, being very pregnant with my first child, Lennon, being in NY, watching it on TV in horror, wanting to protect my unborn child. After watching the towers fall, I went upstairs and methodically cleaned out my office, going through the filing cabinets and boxes, getting rid of everything that was no longer necessary or needed, trying desperately to create some sense of order in a disordered world. I cleared out all my things to prepare the office for its transition to a nursery. My son is a 9/11 baby, he came into the world when it was in a state of chaos, and I know that it’s informed my intense need to protect him. Both my sons, in fact. (more…)
Allergy Friendly Friday
Today is April 29th, the day I was supposed to be born. (I was born 2 days early on April 27th). But I still always think of April 29th as my supposed-to-be birthday. In honor of birthdays, let’s post celebratory allergy-free recipes this week… anything you might want to make on somebody’s special day. This could be anything from a special breakfast, to a festive lunch, to a dessert. Anything is fair game! And if you’re not into that theme, then Cinco de Mayo is coming up next week, so what might you be making for that?
And speaking of festive recipes, last weeks lineup was chock-full of them. Some real highlights were:
- Vegan Coconut Macaroons for Passover from Recipes Reinvented
- Dairy Free Easter Fudge from Whole New Mom
- Hot Cross Buns from Cooking Without Ingredients
- Easter Chocolate Muffins from The Intolerant Gourmet
- Spring Salad with Fresh Corn and Asparagus from The Allergic Kid
First, the updates. Last weekend, I taught an allergy-free baking class at the FAAN conference in Baltimore, and was thrilled to see a packed house, and so many enthusiastic new allergen-free cooks. The Q & A was fantastic, and I had a blast demoing the alchemy of baking without gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, tree nuts and peanuts.
For those of you in the Chicago area, I encourage you to come take my class “Comfort Foods to Warm Your Soul” where I’ll teach you how to make an allergen-free cream sauce, homemade Mac n’ Cheese, and Red Velvet Cake, all top 8-Free and Gluten-Free. My class is on Saturday, April 30th, from 3-4, at the Gluten & Allergen-Free Expo. I will also be signing copies of my Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook both Saturday and Sunday at the Vendor Fair, for the slamming price of only $15! This is $10 dollars LESS than in stores, and even cheaper than Amazon, because you don’t have to pay shipping.