Tag Archives: Allergy Free

Make Your Own Chai Spice

If you ever find a recipe that requires chai spice, don’t buy it!  Make your own! For one, chai spice is hard to find.  Secondly, if you do find it, it will be crazy expensive. Now, finding the cardamom for the recipe can be expensive too, but you can find it online much more affordable.  I bought my on Swanson Vitamins (not affiliate). If you like to make your own seasonings you may like the following recipes: Jerk Seasoning Taco Seasoning Chai Spice From: Peggy of Allergy Free Test Kitchen Ingredients: 2 tsp. cardamom 2 tsp. allspice 2 tsp. cloves … Continue reading

Pillsbury Gluten Free Multi-Purpose Gluten Free Flour Blend-A REVIEW

So, I’m pretty fussy about my gluten free flours.  And you should be too!  Don’t settle on your flours.  They can make or break your recipe! So, I’m here to inform you that you can save your money and NOT BUY the Pillsbury Gluten Free Multi-Purpose Gluten Free Flour Blend. This blend simply does not work.  I couldn’t get it to work with several different types of recipes.  Recipes that are tried and true turned into flops! The blend is made of rice flour (package doesn’t say what kind of rice flour), potato starch, pea fiber (I’ve not seen that … Continue reading

About Gluten Free Oats, How To Make Quick Cooking Gluten Free Oats, and How to Cook Oats Fast For Breakfast

While oats are technically gluten free, they are often not gluten free due to farming practices and processing. Therefore, for anyone wishing to avoid gluten, (especially those with Celiac disease), it is imperative to buy “certified gluten free oats.”  This means they were grown on fields dedicated to oats only and not on a rotation with wheat or barely and processed in a gluten free facility. I used to buy Bob’s Red Mill certified gluten free oats in bulk and kept the extras in the freezer.  However, about 2 years ago, Trader Joe’s started selling gluten free oats and they … Continue reading

Mostly Vegetable Smoothie

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything.  I’ve just been making the same ole things over and over. But with the advent of spring, warmer temps, budding trees, I’ve felt the desire to start making new things in the kitchen again. So, with that, I give you this mostly vegetable smoothie. It’s a perfect way to “detox” from all the heavy winter foods. This is one of those recipes where I just dumped ingredients in and took good notes.  And it turned out great! You need a high speed blender to get a really smooth texture for this surprisingly delicious … Continue reading

Make Your Own “Canned” Salmon

If you ever prepare salmon patties or a salmon loaf the recipe almost always calls for canned salmon.  I don’t know about you, but I find canned salmon really gross.  There is black skin in there and bones and you have the added worry of the can being lined with BPA and it is likely not wild caught. So I set out to see if I could make it myself!  And I like to share easy cooking tips now and then.  Follow the pictures below to see how it’s done. First, buy a package of wild caught salmon fillets.  The … Continue reading

Sugar Free, Dye Free, Naturally Flavored Refreshing Drink

All summer long I had been making iced herbal tea by the glassful. Almost every day. Then I decided I needed to make a whole pitcher’s worth. I’ve been sitting on this for some time now and it’s time to share it. It doesn’t need to be summer to enjoy a cold beverage! If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know I like precision. Exact quantities in recipes make for excellent results. Same goes for this drink. Precise recipe = refreshing drink. Don’t freak out about the apple cider vinegar.  It just adds a little “punch” or … Continue reading

25 Tips For Better Grilling

As I stand in my back yard I can see the back yards of 5 houses. It’s not optimum, but it is what it is. What I find odd, very strange actually, is that none of these people grill their meals. Like ever. We have a least 7 months where weather permits us to grill and I never see anyone grilling. And I’m outdoors a lot. It seems strange to me because grilling is such an easy way to prepare meals. Not only is it easy, it’s usually fast and healthy. Not to mention it’s very easy to make gluten … Continue reading

Mylan, Disney, Grilling Marinade and 3 Dip Recipes

I have some exciting news to share! But first, let me tell you about Mylan and Disney. Well, everyone knows about Disney! Mickey Mouse, theme parks, you know. Mylan is a pharmaceutical company; creators of the Epi-Pen. Mylan and Disney have formed an alliance to make Disney parks and cruise ships just a little more allergy friendly. For those with life threatening food allergies, taking any sort of trip is scary and carrying an Epi-Pen Auto Injector to treat potential anaphylaxis is a must! With this alliance in place, starting at the end of 2014, there are now Epi-Pen locations … Continue reading

Eight Ways To Flavor Your Drinking Water Naturally

Water is the best way to stay hydrated. After all, the human body is comprised of almost 60% water. But don’t reach for those sports drinks or flavored water beverages just yet. I’ve been “playing” with my water lately and have come up with several ways to flavor my water naturally without artificial colors and flavors. This list is in order of least favorite to most favorite. Essential Oil Peppermint Water:   Fill a large glass with water and add one drop of essential oil of peppermint. Adding more than one and you will sting your lips. If you let the … Continue reading

French Fries Using Different Vegetables

July is the month to celebrate the French Fry! Did you know that? French Fries can be made out of vegetables other than potatoes. I’ve been serving up a variety of French Fries to the family for about two weeks practicing different types of fries. Turnip fries, rutabaga fries, sweet potato fries and the beloved potato fry. You can find my recipes for these fries by reading my article about French Fries over at My Life With Food Allergies. Click here to learn how. Also shared at Allergy Free Wednesday.

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