Allergy Friendly Friday 10/7/11


Allergy Friendly Friday


Our team in the Kitchen at the GF/AF EXPO Dallas: Chef Castano Penn, Chef Denise O’Dean SanFilippo, and Chef David Shaw

Last Friday, I traveled to Dallas for the Gluten and Allergen-Free Expo and Vendor Fair, which was a smashing success, with over 2000 visitors passing through the vendor fair, and all the cooking classes extremely well attended. I spent a good 10 hours baking and cooking in the kitchen you see pictured above, and quite literally never left the hotel once all weekend!  I walked through the doors at 4:00pm on Friday, and walked out at 1:00pm Sunday, got back in my rental car, and drove back to the airport. It was a great weekend, but a crying shame I never got to see a glimpse of the city, particularly since both my maternal grandparents were from Texas, albeit, Amarillo, which they always described as “dust-bowl”. (more…)

Allergy Friendly Friday 8/12/11


Allergy Friendly Friday


I just found this picture from a reader named Morgane Lucas McAllister, who made my chocolate cake and buttercream recipes for her son’s 2nd birthday. It made me smile, so I thought I’d share it.  She used a Wilton design from their website, and I think it’s adorable! (more…)

Allergy Free Energy Bars


I don’t know about you, but I could use some energy. And I’m not talking about the kind I get from the endless cupcakes and cookies I seem to consume. I’m talking about the kind of energy that comes in an Allergy Free Energy Bar packed full of protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats.

The trick to creating an allergen-free (and refined sugar-free) energy bar is in replacing the ubiquitous nuts. Luckily, as you may already know, I’ve been on a “hemp kick“. Hemp and Flax are fantastic sources of protein and Omega 3 essential fatty acids. To further increase the protein content, I swapped the traditional oats for quinoa flakes (a complete protein, and gluten-free grain), and increased the nutritional profile by using iron-rich molasses in place of sugar or syrups. Dried apricots provide additional fiber, and the healthy complex carbohydrates one needs for balanced nutrition in combo with protein. Last, but certainly not least, coconut oil contains the healthy fats that all growing kids (and hard working adults) need for optimum health. Oh, and one more thing: I’d been looking for a fun way to use Enjoy Life’s fantastic new Granola (other than shoving it by handfuls into my mouth!). It was the perfect centerpiece to build this recipe around. I used Cinnamon Crunch, but you could just as easily use the Cranapple Crunch, or Very Berry Crunch.

Allergy-Free Energy Bars

(Gluten-Free and Nut-Free) Makes 12 bars

These nutritionally dense bars are perfect for breakfast, or an after-school (or camp!) snack. They are easy to make, and will satisfy your sweet craving, without any sugar. In the words of my husband’s Grandma Lily, “WCBB?” (“What could be bad?”)