food allergies Archive

My mother-in-law has one recipe that is jealously guarded by granddad and coveted by her kids: her famous orange blossoms. After enjoying them over the holidays with us, she has finally agreed to share her secrets! The recipe, changed to account for our allergies to dairy and egg, was given to her 35 years ago by a colleague. She said she has been making them for the Christmas holidays ever since.

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Our Thanksgiving celebration this year was amazing not only because of our wonderful family members seated at the table, but also for our delicious meal that was free of dairy, egg, nuts, corn and apple–our combined food allergens. My favorite was her stuffing. Made with our dairy- and egg-free homemade bread and her chicken stock from scratch, it was mouth-watering to say the least. We hope you all enjoy it as much as we do!

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Our Thanksgiving celebration was extra special this year with a visit from Grandpa and Grandma Pumpkin, who helped make sure all foods served at the Thanksgiving table were free of dairy, egg, nuts, corn and apple. From papa’s smoked turkey and grandma’s delicious stuffing to the yummy pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies pictured here, everyone at the table was deliciously full by the meal’s end.

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When I signed up to participate in FARE’s walk to say “FAREwell” to food allergies, I had two “C’s” on my mind: community and charity. But what I walked away with was much more. I realized that with play dates, preschool, parties, and so many events that require making sure those without food allergies are aware, I’d forgotten to make sure the most important person was fully aware: my son. I like to think of this awareness for not only others but for our children too as A-E-I-O-U: Awareness, Education, Inclusion, Outreach, and Understanding.

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Ever since we visited our local farmers’ market at the start of the summer, I’ve been working on my own recipe for dairy, egg, and nut-free peach cobbler. I must say it has been a fun and tasty endeavor! Not only were this summer’s peaches divine, but I found a great cobbler recipe on one of my favorite blogs that got me thinking about making my own peach cobbler recipe just the way I like it: simple and delicious.

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With food allergies and developmental issues on the rise, many parents are finding themselves overwhelmed, especially at mealtime. For the parent with their first child or a child with food allergies, the introduction of solid food can be particularly stressful. Kelly Benson-Vogt, a speech and language pathologist and the owner of Pediatric Feeding & Speech Solutions, shares practical tips for navigating mealtime. Whether your child has significant eating hurdles or is the so-called picky eater, I hope her advice proves to be as helpful to you as it has been for my family.

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This post was written for inclusion in the World Breastfeeding 2013 Blog Carnival, co-hosted by NursingFreedom.org and the San Diego Breastfeeding Center. The participants wrote and shared their stories about community support and normalizing breastfeeding. *** I often joke that the two things in life I’m really good at are writing and breastfeeding. I should probably rephrase this to say writing and nursing are two things that have been rewarding for me and at which I’ve been successful, at least by my own standards! With my first child, my son, you could say I was quite lucky that we found a breastfeeding-friendly, or a so-called baby-friendly, hospital; that my colostrum and milk came in quickly after my cesarean section; and that baby boy had a […]

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Kids With Food Allergies Foundation (KFA) recently posted that there are now four different epinephrine auto-injector devices on the market. What does this mean for me, a parent whose child has life-threatening food allergies? It means a few things. But most importantly, it means I need to educate and train myself on using the auto-injectors now, so I’m prepared and can respond promptly if my son or another child has a severe and life-threatening allergic reaction. It also means I need to make sure that, in addition to family and friends, my son’s teachers know how to use his epinephrine auto-injector device. KFA in its blog post stresses the importance of knowing the differences between the four commercially available epinephrine auto-injectors and making sure we get the one […]

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