Aquafaba

So, maybe I’m late to this party, but I have recently been introduced to something called “aquafaba.”  Have you guys heard of this? Apparently it’s taking the vegan/food allergy world by storm.

Why is it called aquafaba? Well, because “bean water” just sounds gross.
But that’s literally what it is.  Bean water.  In fact, that’s what the name means – aqua is Latin for water and faba is Latin for bean. aquafaba Continue reading

Fire-roasted Salsa

The ultimate party snack, leveled up.

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I love Mexican food. Like a lot. Authentic Mexican, Tex-Mex, shoot I even love stuff like Taco Bell and Taco John’s. And one of the best parts of going to any Mexican restaurant is the free-flowing chips and salsa. Hot or mild, red or green, I love it. My wife likes it, too, but can’t handle too much spice, so I usually end up getting to eat the majority of the salsa at the table. Totally fine with me. Plus, salsa is SUPER healthy. It’s an excellent way to deliver all the goodness of veggies without feeling like you’re just eating a load of veggies.

But why do I bother making my own? Jarred salsa, even the expensive, good quality stuff, isn’t that expensive, and it’s rare to find one that is bad.  To be honest, I don’t usually bother making my own. But why do I go back and watch all the Marvel Studios movies at least once a year? Because sometimes you just want to do something. Continue reading

Smoke-Roasted Potatoes

Baked potatoes are boring, you say? Well, I say you must be doing it wrong.

Smoke-Roasted Potatoes

Ok, so the picture is a little blurry. But they taste so good…….

First of all, let me give credit where credit is due. Steve Raichlen is some sort of genius. Mr. Raichlen is a guru of all things live-fire cooking: grill, barbecue, pit/spit roasting… you name it, and he has a book/show/class about it. He has written several books about live-fire cooking and is a big reason I love cooking over live-fire whenever I get the chance. This recipe is from his book How to Grill, modified to fit my family.

I was never really one to eat baked potatoes as a meal. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good baked potato. It just never seems enough. I need something more when I eat. Not necessarily portion-wise, but more substantial than just a hunk of potato. But when I learned to introduce the sublime flavor and aroma of wood smoke, I saw that the humble potato can be elevated to a whole new level.

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Enjoy Life!

Have you ever just been sitting around and suddenly you think, “I need some chocolate…”?  No?  Just me?   Hm….. weird.

Anyway, I grew up in a house with chocolate.  I don’t mean sometimes we had S’mores, or that we have ice cream and with Hershey’s syrup in the summer times.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, we did.  But I mean we always had a tub of chocolate chip in the pantry.  At. All. Times.  The primary use of those had nothing to do with cookies.  They were there so we could eat them.  I would melt them down and spread it on graham crackers.  I would dip up  a spoonful of peanut butter and stud it with chocolate morsels.  But more than anything, we would just grab a handful and eat them in pure, unadulterated chocolatey goodness.

Fast forward to now.  Reese, our little EOE dude, can’t have dairy.  And therefore, can’t have most chocolate.  He can’t have peanuts, so he can’t have peanut butter.  Those two things mean he can’t have my favorite candy of all time: Reese’s peanut butter cups.  *tears* Continue reading

Lennox and Reese’s SunButter Cups

My son Reese can’t have peanut butter (or dairy, or eggs, or soy, or nuts, or……). But he can have these!Reese's Sun Butter Cups (1)

Without question, my favorite candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. In fact, any peanut butter based candy is going to top my list. Unfortunately, two of my kids are allergic to peanuts, so I have to finish my candy before I get home don’t get to have them very often. I mean, it’s just not right for a parent to not share their candy with their kids, right?

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Bread-in-a-bag

Bread.  Seriously.  I love bread.  It would seem pretty simple, right?  Then you find out your kid has food restrictions.  We have pretty much become experts on reading labels, and it’s amazing what you find on the labels of bread packages.  Soon after lamenting this out loud to everyone that would listen (and a few who wouldn’t), I got a message from my mom.  That message had a link saying “Is this safe for Reese?”  What followed was nothing short of amazing.  Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I present to you….

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Many thanks to Your Homebased Mom for sharing this recipe!

This is so good, and SO EASY!  And, since Reese can have wheat, this is a great recipe for us
to have in our back pockets.  Our girls have a lot of fun helping because they like to get their hands in and squish the bread dough.  IMG_1200

Now this is the kind of ingredient list I like to see!  Flour, sugar, water, oil, salt, yeast… and that’s pretty much it.  (Exact measurements are included below.) Continue reading

Glazed Donuts

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It’s Saturday morning, the time when the thoughts of young children turn to breakfast.  We have an amazing donut shop called Jack’s right down the street. Few things are better than going in and getting a box of fresh donuts.  And the fact that it is only a few doors down from the local comic shop is even better.

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Eating donuts on Free Comic Book Day!

The only problem is that they don’t have anything Reese can eat. His EOE/food restrictions limit him so that all he can have at the donut shop is… coffee.  And he’s 2. He’s not drinking coffee.

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Coconut Oil Chocolate Drops

Easy, delicious, and Top 8 free?  Yes please!

March 2019

Do you ever find yourself sitting in front of the TV after finally getting the kids to bed and saying to yourself, “I need something…..”?  I do.  Frequently.  That’s when I start getting creative.  I make up popcorn toppings, I pour honey and cinnamon on ice cream… basically I throw a bunch of stuff at the wall and see what sticks.  This is one of them.

I was talking to my son’s dietitian about trying to get him eat.  I somewhat sheepishly told her about these, thinking she might tell me off for giving him so much sugar.  To my surprise, she said that these are an excellent high calorie snack for him to eat, and to give them as often as he wants.  Accidental victory! Continue reading

Chocolate Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Sometimes you just want cookies.  Like, really want cookies.  I was at the store the other day to buy some spaghetti sauce.  Spaghetti is one of the few things our little dude will/can eat, so it’s something we have frequently.  I don’t know what it is about spaghetti (specifically spaghetti Bolognese – or at least our American perversion of it), but I always feel like I need something afterwards.  I don’t know what, just… something.

As I was wandering the aisles of the grocery store, I saw the oatmeal.  Lightning struck.  I will make oatmeal cookies!  The good kind, not the kind with raisins.  Raisins are a good way to ruin just about anything, especially a cookie.  I grabbed some old-fashioned oats and Enjoy Life chocolate chips and headed home.

(Quick note:  If you aren’t familiar with the brand Enjoy Life, check it out.  Now.  This link opens in a new page so you can do it without leaving this page.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.   (*hums “Girl from Ipanema”*)  I know, right?  Top 8 allergen free everything.  Thank goodness for products like this!) Continue reading