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Easy Butternut Squash Soup

Posted by tasteoffreedom on July 2, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Just because you have allergies doesn't mean you have to spend hrs. in the kitchen.

I have a delicious shortcut to great butternut squash soup. Really, no one knows it is not from scratch (Oh, I guess they do now).


2 (32oz) containers of Imagine Butternut Squash Soup

1 (12oz)pkg frozen cooked butternut squash puree (like Bird's Eye- Southland)

a generous dash of curry


heat and serve.

If you can't find frozen butternut squash puree, you can substitute a small can of pumpkin puree (unsweetened).

Perfect on a Fall or Winter Nt !

Entertaining With "Sensitivity"

Posted by tasteoffreedom on July 2, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Have you ever gone to someone's home and not been able to dine (or even snack) with them because of your diet restrictions? It's no fun! We do our best and try to plan in advance. Being prepared with our own safe foods in anticipation of those food events is helpful. Ok, So that's what to do when we're the guests. We know the drill, right? Bet you never thought of your food allergies as an opportunity? We didn't ask for food allergies and sensitivities but maybe they're an opportunity for us to increase our sensitivity? I find myself inquiring from our guests about any food allergies/sensitivities they have. Reading labels and being creative with recipes for our family has also enabled me to cook for others with food allergies. Think about how good you feel when others remember your food allergies and prepare something you can enjoy. Your food allergy can make you sensitive in more  more ways than one!

Overly Restrictive Diets

Posted by tasteoffreedom on July 1, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Are you overly restrictive in your diet (or your child's)? If you're dealing with food allergies chances are there are some foods that you must avoid to stay healthy. Sometimes in our quest to stay safe we avoid too many foods. This is especially the case for parents. We tend to want to protect our children. This is a good thing but too much of a good thing can be harmful. Dealing with restricted diets is challenging for adults. It's even harder for kids. Be careful to follow your doctor's advice about what needs to be avoided. Don't make that list longer than it needs to be. 

Eggless Challah (traditional bread)

Posted by tasteoffreedom on June 28, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Since it is the day before the Jewish Sabbath ("Shabbos") I thought I'd post my recipe for eggless challah. This is traditionally a braided bread. The classic version calls for eggs in the bread and for an egg wash (glaze). I omit the eggs and the glaze. Try it, you'll never miss the eggs!

Eggless Challah 

6 Tbsp dry active yeast (like Fleishman's- I use the Sam's industrial size ones)

2 cups sugar

5 1/2 cups very warm water

(mix all ingredients till foamy)

1 T vanilla extract

pinch of salt (sparing)

1 3/4 cups canola oil

5 lbs bread flour ( I like Gold Medal Better for Bread in orange bag)


Knead in a large bowl till dough is consistent and smooth and not too sticky.

Shape into loaves (be creative- how about a 4 or 6 strand braided challah)

variations: omit vanilla and add a generous dash of dried minced onion

sprinkle sesame and/or poppy seeds (if tolerated) for an "everything challah"


Bake at 350 for 30 minutes

yield: about 5 medium loaves


Allergy-friendly,Wallet-friendly Meals

Posted by tasteoffreedom on June 28, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Is the dinner/ homework hour driving you bonkers?

No need to become a crackpot, meet your friend the crockpot!

Put up your meals hours before "rush hour" and have a warm satisfying meal on hand when you need it most.

You can make hearty beef dishes or choose more economical vegetarian fare.

One thrifty contributor recommends a brand of soup mixes called "Hambeens". Believe it or not, they're kosher certified as well. Now that's a "souper" meal! Some mixes contain wheat and soy ingredients so, as always. check labels.

Eggless Rice Krispy Treats

Posted by tasteoffreedom on June 27, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Three great options to have these sticky treats without getting into a sticky allergy situation.

1- Use eggless marshmallows and follow any traditional rice krispy treat recipe

(some of the kosher brands are actually eggfree, read label carefully)

2- Fluff substitute Ricemellow Creme (Suzanne's brand).

consistency is very close to the real thing!

3- Packaged rice krispy treats "Glenny's Brown Rice Bars"

 contributed by Miriam in Savannah, GA 

Corn Allergy?

Posted by tasteoffreedom on June 27, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Corn Allergy Resource

If you have a corn allergy, go here  http://forums.delphiforums.com/n/main.asp?webtag=AvoidingCorn&nav=start&prettyurl=%2FAvoidingCorn&gid=148974768

You will find an amazing community with tremendous experience.

In fact, there is absolutely no other place with so many courteous and knowledgeable people willing to contribute/help others with corn allergies cut through the volume of misinformation that is available. Lately people have come from the (extremely busy) Facebook group saying they are tired of an overflow of not-quite-accurate information coming from people who aren't very experienced, which can be incredibly dangerous. It is also a good resource for people who don't have a corn allergy. The regulars tend to have plenty of other allergies, and we often throw out information about soy or wheat, what's cross contaminated, etc.

contributed by Simcha from Atlanta,GA http://cookingbsimcha.blogspot.com/



Posted by tasteoffreedom on June 27, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Welcome Food Allergy Friends!!!!!

I figure we're all in this together and can learn from each other's experience.

This will  not be a traditional blog where I monologue and you read. Instead, it will be a forum for us to share recipes and tips with each other. Do you have a fantastic recipe that omits a traditional allergenic ingredient (like milk, eggs, wheat, or nuts) to contribute? Perhaps you have a product that you've discovered is a great substitute? Please share it with us. Email you're suggestions to [email protected] and I will post selected contributions. All contributors will be posted without their last name name (Ex, Sara from Seattle). Looking forward to hearing from you!