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, garlic-free dill dressing or dip
Sunday, 4 Jan, 2009 – 12:16 | Comments Off
Egg-free, garlic-free dill dressing or dip

As a vegetable dip, this is a nice break from ranch or French onion. Not that I have a workable French onion dip recipe yet — most I find use dried soup mix, which has …

Egg-free, garlic-free Thousand Island dressing
Saturday, 3 Jan, 2009 – 12:55 | Comments Off
Egg-free, garlic-free Thousand Island dressing

It’s not exactly Thousand Island Dressing — more like 800 Island Dressing by the time I eliminated everything people are allergic to or picky about.
Allergies or fusiness felled boiled egg, green pepper and celery, now …

Egg-free corn muffins
Friday, 2 Jan, 2009 – 15:19 | One Comment
Egg-free corn muffins

Corned beef and cabbage.
French fries and ketchup.
Peanut butter and jelly. Or, in our house, Sun Butter and jelly.
But you get what I mean. Some foods just go together, which is why I took a break …

Garlic-free vinaigrette dressing in three speeds
Thursday, 1 Jan, 2009 – 15:00 | One Comment
Garlic-free vinaigrette dressing in three speeds

Yeah, I was the kid in alegebra class who always got gigged for not solving the problem the “right” way. I also had trouble learning to color in the lines. What fun is doing something …

Garlic-free, egg-free creamy lime dressing
Wednesday, 31 Dec, 2008 – 14:01 | Comments Off
Garlic-free, egg-free creamy lime dressing

This is another quick-and-simple recipe that will make you a fan of homemade dressings.
The original goes on a Santa Fe salad (I used corn, black beans, red onion and green chilies), but it works well …

Better than the original egg-free, garlic-free blue cheese dressing
Tuesday, 30 Dec, 2008 – 15:06 | Comments Off
Better than the original egg-free, garlic-free blue cheese dressing

Dad has to drop some poundage pronto, which means he’s eating like a bunny this week.
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. “Well, if she hadn’t baked all those cookies …” But it’s really not my …

Fun with egg-free meatloaf
Monday, 29 Dec, 2008 – 14:56 | Comments Off
Fun with egg-free meatloaf

For a person who can’t stand being cold, I sure have a hot relationship with my freezer.
Particularly this week, when playing with the guys’ new toys — the ones that aren’t broken, that is — …

Garlic-free creamed spinach
Sunday, 28 Dec, 2008 – 14:36 | Comments Off
Garlic-free creamed spinach

This is an absolute favorite for Boots and me. Dad, not so much. Big Guy, won’t touch it yet even though I play up the cheese and cream when describing it. Sometimes even the best …

Garlic-free make-ahead mashed potatoes
Saturday, 27 Dec, 2008 – 14:35 | Comments Off
Garlic-free make-ahead mashed potatoes

I’ve been hitting the freezer and the recipe archives of late in an effort to right the guys’ nutritional ship. Not that a dish with a half-pound of cream cheese is exactly healthful, but at …

Egg-free, garlic-free roasted cauliflower
Friday, 26 Dec, 2008 – 10:02 | Comments Off
Egg-free, garlic-free roasted cauliflower

Looking for a way to end the junk-food bender and make use of some leftovers at the same time?
Tonight, I’m clearing the fridge of vegetable-tray remnants by making roasted cauliflower, a side dish Boots proclaims …

Egg-free pumpkin bread
Wednesday, 24 Dec, 2008 – 10:07 | 2 Comments
Egg-free pumpkin bread

Ever play Cookbook Bingo? OK, so maybe that’s just here.
The game involves being bored with all the usual dishes and thumbing through pages looking for something new to make. In this case, I needed a …

Hummus a hit for meals or snacks
Tuesday, 23 Dec, 2008 – 13:37 | 2 Comments
Hummus a hit for meals or snacks

It cracks me up when someone takes a basic dish from another country, slaps a gourmet label on it and transforms simple to upscale.
Such is the case with humble hummus. It’s been a staple in …

Egg-free, garlic-free sun-dried tomato dip
Monday, 22 Dec, 2008 – 13:48 | Comments Off
Egg-free, garlic-free sun-dried tomato dip

This frankly is not a kid favorite — except for Boots, who is famous worldwide for eating anything. But I love it even though I hate tomato, so I make it and listen to Big …

Garlic-free hot or not wings
Sunday, 21 Dec, 2008 – 19:47 | 2 Comments
Garlic-free hot or not wings

I hadn’t made these in years due to lack of a garlic-free hot sauce, but once I discovered Crystal, it was easy to convert.
It’s also easy to make a hot and a mild version from …

Egg-free French bread
Sunday, 21 Dec, 2008 – 12:13 | Comments Off
Egg-free French bread

Merry Christmas to me!
My lust for kitchen tools is no secret. Where it gets a little weird, though, is the depths of the strange desires.
A baguette pan long has been my wildest fantasy — I’m …

Egg-free scones
Saturday, 20 Dec, 2008 – 17:25 | Comments Off
Egg-free scones

Scones really are nothing more than a biscuit with a bit of sugar and a good PR agent. Except Big Guy won’t eat biscuits.  He used to, but somewhere between 1 and 2 he went …

Give them a grilling for the holidays
Saturday, 20 Dec, 2008 – 11:54 | 2 Comments
Give them a grilling for the holidays

It’s not exactly a seasonal favorite this time of year — except in parts of California and Florida where grills are rarely covered — but grilling recipes can be used indoors in the off season. …

Product review: Garlic-free Crystal hot sauce
Saturday, 20 Dec, 2008 – 10:24 | Comments Off
Product review: Garlic-free Crystal hot sauce

I am not the hot sauce connoisseur in the house. That would be Dad, and I’m not so sure he’s as much connoisseur as addict. Honestly, I’ve seen him hit the fridge late at night …

Egg-free, peanut-free fudge
Friday, 19 Dec, 2008 – 21:06 | Comments Off
Egg-free, peanut-free fudge

I knew marshmallows were supposed to contain egg. I was spoiled, though, the first two years of Big Guy’s egg allergy by having never run into a grocery-store variety with egg in it.
So I blithely …

Finally finding a market for cookies in a jar
Friday, 19 Dec, 2008 – 14:48 | Comments Off
Finally finding a market for cookies in a jar

I never could figure out who cookie-mix gift packs were aimed at.
Think about it: If you don’t like to bake, adding a few ingredients and turning on the oven is going to be too much …

Egg-free chocolate pudding cake
Friday, 19 Dec, 2008 – 1:12 | Comments Off
Egg-free chocolate pudding cake

The first time I made this recipe for the kids, it caused serious problems.
Boots was only about a year and a half old, and chocolate tended to cause, er, gastrointestinal disturbances. The next morning, he …

Egg-free oatmeal-chocolate chip cookie
Wednesday, 17 Dec, 2008 – 19:13 | 3 Comments
Egg-free oatmeal-chocolate chip cookie

This recipe makes a lot. As in, half it unless you’re on a serious sugar bender. Or plan to freeze part of it. Or leave them all in the cookie jar and make a serious …

Variations on an egg-free pancake theme
Tuesday, 16 Dec, 2008 – 22:09 | 2 Comments
Variations on an egg-free pancake theme

Big Guy was just a babe when his egg allergy was diagnosed, but he was old enough to mourn his beloved pancakes. Aside from oatmeal, it was his favorite breakfast at the time.
I rarely …

Egg-free sour cream drop cookies
Monday, 15 Dec, 2008 – 22:00 | Comments Off
Egg-free sour cream drop cookies

The guys’ 11-year-old cousin proclaims these “the best cookies she’s ever made.”
That might be a bit misleading: they’re also the only cookies she’s ever made.
Slightly deceptive endorsement aside, it is a good cookie. Crunchy on …

Product reviews: Vegenaise egg-free, garlic-free mayonnaise
Monday, 15 Dec, 2008 – 13:59 | Comments Off
Product reviews: Vegenaise egg-free, garlic-free mayonnaise

Until I discovered Vegenaise in the refrigerated section of the natural-foods aisle at a local grocery store, I’d pretty much accepted life without potato or pasta salad.
I’d tried a number of other egg-free mayonnaises, mostly …

Egg-free overnight cinnamon rolls
Sunday, 14 Dec, 2008 – 11:46 | Comments Off
Egg-free overnight cinnamon rolls

This is our Christmas morning stand-by breakfast. It’s easier to do on the fly than the guys’ favorite pancakes, and they like it almost as well. It does take a bit of advance work, though.
It’s …

Egg-free bonbon cookies
Sunday, 14 Dec, 2008 – 10:42 | Comments Off
Egg-free bonbon cookies

Take a candy, wrap cookie dough around it, bake, swirl in frosting and shower with sprinkles: It’s a Christmas cookie just made for kids to make a mess with.
The recipe comes from “Betty Crocker’s Baking …

Egg-free cookies: Seven-layer bars
Saturday, 13 Dec, 2008 – 10:50 | Comments Off
Egg-free cookies: Seven-layer bars

Sometimes you can tell a recipe’s going to be evil just by its name: Seven-layer bars, seven deadly sins. Coincidence? No.
These cookie bars have no nutritionally redeeming qualities — I refuse to count graham-cracker crumbs …