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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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 …

Cheesy-ranch a Chex Mix even Big Guy loves
Sunday, 18 Jan, 2009 – 11:52 | Comments Off
Cheesy-ranch a Chex Mix even Big Guy loves

The magic of Parmesan strikes again.
When Big Guy met last night’s new round of Chex Mix, he was determined to munch around the margins, picking out the Goldfish.  Then he spied a spattering of toasty …

Egg-free, garlic-free cocktail meatballs
Thursday, 15 Jan, 2009 – 13:09 | Comments Off
Egg-free, garlic-free cocktail meatballs

This is a favorite dating back to my single-girl hostess with the mostest days. I have no idea where it came from, but I freaked out momentarily a few weeks ago when I couldn’t find …

Sweet on peanut-free Cinnamon-Apple Chex Mix
Monday, 12 Jan, 2009 – 14:37 | One Comment
Sweet on peanut-free Cinnamon-Apple Chex Mix

Sometimes I like to get an objective opinion on new recipes because the reviews in my house are predictable: Boots will fawn embarrassingly, Big Guy will reject in on sight and I’ll think of 10 …

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 …

Simple gifts: You’re such a dip
Saturday, 13 Dec, 2008 – 9:14 | One Comment
Simple gifts: You’re such a dip

Try a salsa trio – hey, what were you thinking – as either a hostess gift or as a present for someone who might have a lot of guests headed their way. Or for someone …

Kids and Allergies: Garlic-free cheese crackers
Sunday, 26 Oct, 2008 – 0:55 | Comments Off
Kids and Allergies: Garlic-free cheese crackers

Disclaimer: There is no reason for a sane person to make crackers.
CheezIts are garlic-free, though you can’t tell from the mysterious “spices” listed on the ingredients if Cheese Nips are.
Parmesan Goldfish are garlic-free, and plain …

Back on the ranch dressing
Sunday, 8 Jun, 2008 – 6:00 | Comments Off

Originally publish June 22, 2007, thehive.modbee.com

THE CHALLENGE: Big Guy loves salad, which is a major accomplishment for a picky 3-year-old. Many fat-free dressings – including Hidden Valley and Kraft – are made without eggs, so they were safe. Or at least they used to be – they’ve been banned in my house since the garlic allergy popped up, so please check the labels!

THE SOLUTION: Make your own. It’s not that hard.

ALSO GOOD FOR: Milk allergies if you substitute vegan sour cream and soy milk or soy if you’re sensitive enough to be bothered by soy oils.


1½ tbl parsley
1½ tbl onion or garlic powder
½ tbl dried chives
1 tsp dried tarragon
1 tsp tbl salt
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp pepper
Use 1 tablespoon of the mixture per cup of sour cream