A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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Egg-free chocolate-espresso snowcaps
Sunday, 20 Dec, 2009 – 17:26 | Comments Off
Egg-free chocolate-espresso snowcaps

Yes, there is such a thing as a cookie that’s too chocolate-y. I thought that was impossible, too, until today.
Based on a recipe from Martha Stewart’s Web site, the egg-free version behaves perfectly. It’s just …

Peanut-free haystacks
Sunday, 20 Dec, 2009 – 13:24 | Comments Off
Peanut-free haystacks

Yes, it is possible to get sick of chocolate. And after making chocolate fudge, chocolate-raspberry fudge and chocolate cookies, I’d reached that point.
So I decided to give haystacks a try. But definitely not the chocolate …

Can we build an egg-free gingerbread house? Yes, we can
Wednesday, 9 Dec, 2009 – 22:29 | Comments Off
Can we build an egg-free gingerbread house? Yes, we can

Somewhere, there’s a”Max and Ruby” episode that involves gingerbread. I haven’t seen it but Boots has, and it set him clamoring to make houses. Foolishly, I promised him last week that we would over the …

Egg-free carrot cake
Friday, 30 Oct, 2009 – 15:33 | 2 Comments
Egg-free carrot cake

Pardon me for the mistake in the headline – most people do not spell “pumpkin” c-a-r-r-o-t. We do in this house, though, especially when Mom’s craving carrot cake and she needs a way to convince …

Garlic-free baked beans
Monday, 26 Oct, 2009 – 14:05 | Comments Off
Garlic-free baked beans

Back in the day before the double shot of food allergies – mine to pork and Big Guy’s to garlic – my grandmother’s baked beans recipe was a go-to potluck recipe.
Based on canned pork and …

Steak with ginger gravy
Friday, 9 Oct, 2009 – 13:48 | Comments Off
Steak with ginger gravy

I conjured up this recipe while searching for slow cooker steak and gravy that doesn’t include canned soup and/or instant soup mix – the garlic allergy evicts those from this house. I never found what …

Egg-free, garlic-free honey mustard dressing
Monday, 5 Oct, 2009 – 21:02 | Comments Off
Egg-free, garlic-free honey mustard dressing

This recipe is another adult coupe against the kids – Mom’s sick of ranch dressing again.
I knew making it would mean Big Guy would resume his salad boycott, so we might have to become a …

Orange-carmelized onion salmon
Monday, 28 Sep, 2009 – 11:55 | Comments Off
Orange-carmelized onion salmon

Once in a while, the big people stage a coup. Last week, after pizza one night and macaroni and cheese the next, the adults were due an uprising.
I’d planned on plain baked salmon until I …

Egg-free zucchini bread
Monday, 21 Sep, 2009 – 23:00 | Comments Off
Egg-free zucchini bread

Rarely do I make a recipe so revolting to the rest of the house that no one else will touch it. That was the case with this zucchini bread, but the heck with them. I …

Egg-free cake donuts
Thursday, 3 Sep, 2009 – 21:08 | Comments Off
Egg-free cake donuts

Once upon a time, in a land about 370 miles away, there was a donut shop that didn’t use egg or peanut oil. That made Big Guy very happy, because it allowed him to enjoy …

Garlic-free guacamole
Tuesday, 1 Sep, 2009 – 17:54 | Comments Off
Garlic-free guacamole

This one is so easy I can’t believe I ever bought store-bought. And, even better, the garlic-free version is more than acceptable.
Most recipes I’ve run across say to use a blender but currently lacking one …

Garlic-free taco seasoning
Sunday, 23 Aug, 2009 – 22:32 | Comments Off
Garlic-free taco seasoning

This another one that falls into the “I’d make it even if I didn’t have to” category, if for no other reason than to avoid all the extra salt an/or MSG that comes in commercial …

Egg-free cookies and cream ice cream
Sunday, 21 Jun, 2009 – 21:47 | Comments Off
Egg-free cookies and cream ice cream

You know that old ditty about screaming for ice cream? It’s a good thing my daily newsletter from Feels Like Home lands while the guys still are awake, or there would have been no getting …

Review: Van’s All Natural Waffles
Sunday, 21 Jun, 2009 – 21:10 | 2 Comments
Review: Van’s All Natural Waffles

I absolutely hate the idea of paying $3.49 for six frozen waffles. Yet, I have been because once summer hits I lose all inclination to stand at the stove and flip pancakes.
That’s why Van’s All Natural …

Garlic-free ginger vinaigrette dressing
Monday, 25 May, 2009 – 21:31 | Comments Off
Garlic-free ginger vinaigrette dressing

This is another fine recipe inspired by sheer boredom: I wanted salad for dinner this evening and I’m deathly tired of Big Guy’s favorite ranch dressing.
Not that I’m complaining, mind you. At least he’s eating …

Review: Delallo Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
Monday, 25 May, 2009 – 21:00 | Comments Off
Review: Delallo Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

It was late on a Friday and we were still at the grocery store way past dinner time, which means the guys were prone to beg for extras and I was inclined to give in.
That …

Review: Pasta Roni shells and white cheddar
Saturday, 23 May, 2009 – 23:00 | Comments Off
Review: Pasta Roni shells and white cheddar

The blue box had sat in the cabinet for months, waiting on Big Guy to get past his lust for the other blue box – the one he adored before we started avoiding dye. The …

Epiblogue: Snow cone syrups
Monday, 18 May, 2009 – 23:38 | Comments Off

Do I ever feel like a dolt after my post last night lamenting the difficulties of finding dye-free snow-cone syrups.
I went to a Middle Eastern market today to pick up some hummus ingredients and ran …

It’s snow cone season!
Sunday, 17 May, 2009 – 22:22 | Comments Off
It’s snow cone season!

Thousands of dollars of training and where the heck’s my bartender when the serious heat wave hits?
Oh yeah, that’s right. Army training, which leaves me to my own devices when it comes to making cool …

Asparagus-cheese tart
Thursday, 14 May, 2009 – 22:22 | Comments Off
Asparagus-cheese tart

Look out, guys,  your momma is staging a coup. She does that every once in a while when she gets tired of tailoring meals around what you picky little bugs will agree to eat.
I was …

Egg-free strawberry cake from a mix
Sunday, 3 May, 2009 – 21:09 | Comments Off
Egg-free strawberry cake from a mix

For some reason, the guys have been clamoring for strawberry cake for about the past month.
They’d never had strawberry cake before in their lives, but I guess the assumption was, we love strawberries and we …

Review: DaVinci syrups not just for winter anymore
Sunday, 3 May, 2009 – 20:37 | Comments Off
Review: DaVinci syrups not just for winter anymore

Used to be flavored syrups were a staple during winter only, except for the annual spurt of 104-plus degree days that make it too warm for even me to drink hot coffee outside.
That was before …

Egg-free lemon scones
Wednesday, 1 Apr, 2009 – 13:25 | 2 Comments
Egg-free lemon scones

Lemon and I just don’t seem to get along.
It’s not that I don’t have a deep love for it. It’s just that every time I try to convert a lemon recipe to egg-free it results …

Shortbread a big hit with the short people
Wednesday, 11 Mar, 2009 – 21:10 | One Comment
Shortbread a big hit with the short people

This is going to be one of those recipes that lands me in trouble some afternoon when one of the guys asks, “But didn’t you just make cookies yesterday?”
Oops. You see, guys, sometimes around 2 …

Egg-free chocolate muffins
Monday, 9 Mar, 2009 – 11:23 | One Comment
Egg-free chocolate muffins

If at first you don’t succeed, try chocolate again.
Frustrated after two failed attempts at a lemon layer cake – the second formulation still fell, but at least the oven didn’t catch fire – I grabbed …

Egg-free chocolate fudge layer cake
Sunday, 1 Mar, 2009 – 11:19 | 3 Comments
Egg-free chocolate fudge layer cake

This is another fine mess Madhuram at egglesscooking.com has gotten me into.
Here I was, rolling along in my little egg-replacer rut when she throw a curve at me:  This month’s egg-free baking challenge is using …

Egg-free cutout sugar cookies
Thursday, 12 Feb, 2009 – 23:43 | Comments Off
Egg-free cutout sugar cookies

Normally, I wouldn’t have tried this sugar cookie recipe, because my policy is find something that works and stick with it. I was just the opposite when I baked with eggs, but in the allergy …

Egg-free devil’s food cake a little slice of heaven
Saturday, 7 Feb, 2009 – 11:47 | One Comment
Egg-free devil’s food cake a little slice of heaven

Pssst … Did you hear the one about the egg-free cake with all the height, structure and texture of the original? It’s no longer just an urban legend.
I wouldn’t have believed it either had I …