October, 2011

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Corn Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies!

OK, before you read on, you have to know that these cookies were stunning! I ran several tests on them, and they passed with flying colors! Furthermore, they are kid approved. When they are fresh, they melt in your mouth. The next day, they’re still good. Day three – good. Day four – good. Day five – still good but I remember when they were fresh.

With that said, here are the pictures, and recipe of course. Enjoy. Read More

Pumpkin Frosting

This is just a small post to share something with you. Below is a recipe for a small batch of pumpkin icing. I put this on the pumpkin bread that I made (recipe and pics will be posted) and it was soooo good. Have fun!

Pumpkin-y Frosting (small batch)

1/2 cup organic spectrum shortening
2 cups organic powdered sugar (many non-organic brands use corn starch, many organic brands usually use tapioca starch, but check labels)
1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla sugar
1/2 teaspoon organic nutmeg
1 teaspoon organic cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 Tablespoons water

Start with the shortening in the stand mixer, and mix for a few moments to get things going. Add all of the other ingredients, except for the water. Mix shortly to get things slightly combined. Last, add the water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Once your icing is smooth, it’s ready to be used.

Enjoy!

Corn Free Lamb Pizza

Lamb Pizza with Chebe Crust

So last week, The Papa cleaned the garage. YAY! What does that have to do with pizza you ask? He bought some pizza (that I can’t eat), and it smelled amazing. I was super jealous. However, we’re all grown-ups here, so I decided to make my own.

Using Chebe as the crust, I made lamb, garlic, and mushroom pizza.

OK, so if you’re a fan of Chebe, this is for you. Personally, I don’t like the Brazilian style “gooey-ness” however, not going to lie, when push comes to shove, I’m totally there. Sometimes, I like to make the crust all by itself, and dip it in honey and pepper. I know, I’m strange….

Now, onto the pizza. Here’s what you’ll need: Read More

Corn Free Gluten Free Egg Free Dairy Free Chocolate Cake

About the Chocolate Cake…

So, I tried to make a chocolate cake that I could share with everyone. Sadly, I have to share with you that the cake didn’t make it. Actually, it sorta made it. Well, there’s good news and bad news.

The bad news is: it had a funny after taste. However, after doing a little investigation, I think I know what the culprit was. As soon as I muster up enough courage to face the kitchen aid again, I’m going for round 2.

The other bad news: It didn’t rise properly, the way you would expect cake to. In fact, it bubbled up, and jumped right out of the cake pan. It also managed to make a huge mess in the oven, which happily, we have a self-cleaning oven. However, that was an experience as well. It was the first time we used is, and we figured with chocolate cake everywhere, it was a good time. Too bad the cake caught fire! The alarm went off, and the whole house smelled bad for a few hours.

The good news: The texture was perfect!! It was like real cake. Also, the oven is now clean. Read More

Don’t Eat the Peas!

So, a while back, I really wanted some peas. I like peas and rice. So, after shopping for a bit, I found what I thought was corn free peas. I read the label, and it all looked good. In fact, it was simply organic peas, no added salt, etc. After eating the peas, I convinced myself that something else gave me the headache…

After eating them again, I thought, it had to be the beans. Alas, after several tries, I gave up. Then, what struck me as funny was a finding I made online where another corn allergy poster said he had an issue with the peas too. So this is me warning you, tread lightly.

So, Columbia River organic peas are the ones to avoid. If you or someone you love feel that you have had a reaction, well, don’t eat them. I can tell you that I’ve since learned that SnoPac Organic Peas seem to be good for people that are corn free.

Columbia River Peas

Columbia River Organic Peas

Just Been Diagnosed With a Corn Allergy?

So, you’ve just been diagnosed? Let me start with a web hug. To be honest, I’m sure you’ll need more than just that one. Being diagnosed with a corn allergy or intolerance is insane. There are a few key resources that helped me endure, and I want to share those with you.

If you have more than one allergy like me, hopefully this site will help you succeed in the day to day kitchen drama. If this is all new and overwhelming to you, take a deep breath. In the American culture, and even in many others, everything revolves around food. If you are only having a problem with actual kernels of corn, then it’s not so bad, I promise. However, if you are allergic/intolerant to corn and all of its derivatives, then I so know what you’re going through.

I have to say, day one was the hardest for me. Actually, I think it was day three, when I went to the grocery store. I had a list in my hand of everything I couldn’t have, and well, there wasn’t much else to buy. With multiple allergies, you won’t be able to find regular alternatives that meet your needs. This is where I would like to be your friend in the kitchen, and help you one post at a time.

This is a link to what I call “The corn lady” and when you see her list of things to avoid, you may start calling her that too. This is THE BEST list I have found. She is only allergic to corn however, so in the area where she lists what’s in her pantry, there may be a lot of things you can’t have. http://www.cornallergens.com/

This is another site that I like going to. They keep a running list, and update it as well. http://corn-freefoods.blogspot.com/

Beyond that, be aggressive with your online searches. If you have a question about a specific company, call them. Take into account how they speak to you as well. I once called a company, and the guy on the phone was giving me major attitude, so I decided not to buy what I needed from them and kept looking instead.

If you’re going to the dentist, ask them to use Carbocane on you. It’s supposed to be corn free.

If you need medicine from the doctor, you will need to talk to them about possibly creating a special compound form of the medicine. Be sure to know what the active, and inactive ingredients are.

When picking produce, go for un-waxed items, and try to stay organic. Personally, I have a hyper sensitive system, so organic is the only option. You will have to make a decision on this, depending on your personal reactions.

No two people react the same, to the same things. If you ever thing you’re having a reaction, you’re not crazy. Trust your gut. Be sure to keep a food journal of what you’re eating, and any symptoms you may feel, even if it’s minor. Through food journaling, I’ve been able to eliminate many products that were “corn free” from my diet. One last resource that I want to share is http://forums.delphiforums.com/avoidingcorn/messages

Their forum is amazing. You can ask all sorts of questions for you or your children. Good luck to you.

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