A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
Mon, 12/03/12 – 12:49 | Comments Off

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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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Egg-free, peanut-free “peanut blossoms”
Tuesday, 9 Dec, 2008 – 0:15 | Comments Off
Egg-free, peanut-free “peanut blossoms”

Once in a while — but not often, because I’m not a fan of failure — I’m up for a “double-dog dare you” recipe. One that will earn baking bonus points for substituting two allergens …

Simple gifts: Caramel corn need not be disgusting
Saturday, 29 Nov, 2008 – 2:29 | One Comment
Simple gifts: Caramel corn need not be disgusting

Caramel corn is a good gift with a bad reputation spawned by the turbo tins you see everywhere this time of year. I suspect some of them were manufactured when I was in high school.
People …

Egg-free oatmeal-jam bar cookies
Friday, 28 Nov, 2008 – 1:06 | Comments Off
Egg-free oatmeal-jam bar cookies

This is based on a recipe from Kraft Foods clipped from TV Guide long ago — remember when they used to do those inserts around the holidays?
I revived it recently when manufactured food paranoia threw …

Kids and Allergies: Cranberry-Oat Cereal Bars
Friday, 24 Oct, 2008 – 1:32 | Comments Off
Kids and Allergies: Cranberry-Oat Cereal Bars

Once in a while easy is nice, and this Cranberry-Oat Cereal Bar recipe I found through Martha Stewart’s Cookie of the Day newsletter is easy on two levels.
For one, it was egg-free to begin with, …

Granola bars
Sunday, 8 Jun, 2008 – 6:30 | Comments Off

Originally publish Feb. 20, 2008, thehive.modbee.com

This recipe is adapted from “The Kid-Friendly Food Allergy Cookbook” It’s a pretty good book to have if you’re dealing with multiple allergies or odd-ball issues, such as a garlic allergy, that force you to cook things no normal working parent would consider making from scratch.

Chewy granola bars
1 c. butter
¾ c. brown sugar
½ c. sugar – I cut it to ¼ and might try to eliminate it.
2 tbl corn or maple syrup
4 c. oats or buckwheat flakes
1 c. coconut – I skip this because Big Guy thinks coconut is worms
1/3 c. chopped nuts – I skip this, too, because we don’t know if Big Guy is allergic
1 c. chocolate chips and/or dried fruit. I’ve been using just chocolate chips lately
1. Grease a jelly roll pan