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Review Vermont Nut Free Chocolates - Fearless Food Allergy Mom

Review of Vermont Nut Free Chocolates

One of the things I love about being involved in the food allergy community is meeting other people fighting the fight! I have crossed paths with Mark from Vermont Nut Free Chocolates at several events over the years. I love that he makes chocolates free of peanuts and tree nuts! Unfortunately with my son’s multiple food allergies and my many sensitivities, we were not able to sample their products.  But my son has recently outgrown his egg and milk allergies (or so it seems – he eats lots of cheese and dairy products but I have yet to give him...

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Fenway Park Gluten Free Guide – Hot Dogs, Cookies, Beer and Kettle Corn!

I’m a big Red Sox fan, and am so happy that the Red Sox love me back by offering gluten free food and drinks at Fenway Park! Back in the day, I used to go to baseball games and bring my own hot dog buns, then ask to read the labels on the hot dog packages or try to get confirmation from a manager that there’s no gluten in the hot dogs. Often, I got blank stares from the concession stand workers and would slink away, feeling bad (and hungry). But those days are gone! This Fenway Park Gluten Free...

Get the 2016 EpiPen Savings Card!

The other day I was trying not to freak out thinking of all the things I can worry about before my kids’ first day of school.  And as if the regular start of the school year isn’t enough to think about, there are all of the logistics to worry about regarding my allergic boy’s EpiPens. And THEN I realized that I may need to buy more sets of EpiPen Jr.s for my son to keep at his after school program.  And what about the bus ride between the school and the after school program? I imagine he will need to carry a set in his backpack for that seven minute ride as...

2016 Red Sox Peanut Allergy Friendly Game Info

Peanut allergy? Red Sox fan? Get your tickets now for the 2016 Red Sox peanut allergy friendly games at Fenway Park! See below. The Red Sox are offering five games in 2016 which will have a section just for those with peanut allergies. These special tickets are offered on May 15, June 5, July 10, July 24 and August 14, 2016. Ticket prices range from $30 to $55. This special section will be in the Cumberland Farms Deck, Right Field Roof Terrace A and B. Here’s a link to the Fenway Park Concessions Map which shows the different sections and gates...

Best Zucchini Bread Recipe Optionally Gluten Free and Vegan - Donuts - Fearless Food Allergy Mom

Zucchini Bread Recipe for Everyone – Optionally Gluten Free and/or Vegan!

Loaves are boring. If you’re not making sandwich bread, there’s no good reason to make a loaf shape, I think. And when you freeze loaves of bread, you need to separate the slices with wax paper or something so that they don’t stick together or break apart if you want to take out just one slice. That’s just annoying. So no more loaves! We like these adorable zucchini bread donuts (both heart shaped and circle), muffins and mini-muffins. The kids love the shapes and they are so much easier to freeze and defrost individual portions. And sometimes, zucchini bread is...

Chocolate Coconut Haystacks - Fearless Food Allergy Mom

Chocolate Coconut Haystacks, or, The Best Stuff Ever

Toasted coconut + chocolate = heaven, in my book. When I was a kid and we went those chocolate shops in the mall – you know, the ones where you could buy individual confections – I would always choose the chocolate coconut haystacks. They were so ridiculously good! Anyway, this is crazy yummy stuff. I make these all the time, and people always ask for the recipe. These chocolate coconut haystacks look so fancy but couldn’t be simpler to make. Shh, don’t tell anyone! I also give these as gifts, especially around the holidays. Wrap them in some pretty cellophane bags...

Best Chicken Marinade Recipe - Fearless Food Allergy Mom

The Best Chicken Marinade Recipe

So you already know that I’m reluctant to make things like salad dressing and marinades. But the more I do it, the more I realize it’s the way to go. Not only are they easy to make, but the taste is so fresh and you don’t have any added preservatives or strange ingredients, like you’ll find in many store-bought products. When my go-to brand of pre-made chicken marinade changed its ingredients, I had to come up with my own. Here’s the happy result. And we realized that we never really loved that store-bought one anyway! This chicken marinade is gluten...

Gluten Free Cheerios - Fearless Food Allergy Mom

Review of the NEW Gluten Free Cheerios!

It’s good to be a blogger! This weekend, I was an Official Blogger at the GF&AF Expo, which was a blast. (Post coming soon….) Before the event, I was in touch with the folks at Cheerios, and at the Expo, they surprised me with a box of the new gluten free Cheerios! They weren’t giving them out to anyone, nor even giving little tasting samples. But my new buddy Evan secretly gave me the bag of goods from inside the ONE box of gluten free Cheerios that he had in his possession. And now, I’m happy to write what may be...

Caesar salad dressing - Fearless Food Allergy Mom

Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe

If you have a soy allergy, that whole aisle of salad dressings at the grocery store is annoying. Why must they make so many dressings with soybean oil? And some of them are really annoying because they don’t specify which they use, listing something like “soybean AND/OR olive oil”. I don’t know why it took me so long to just make salad dressing myself. I think it’s my reluctance to make everything that we eat, and not wanting to give up on buying basic things like condiments and salad dressing. But then I realized how easy it is to make your...

Tips for a Food Allergy Friendly Vacation - Fearless Food Allergy Mom .com

Allergy Awareness Week: Tips For Having a Food Allergy Friendly Vacation

Back in April, it was Allergy Awareness Week in the U.K. I was so honored to be a guest blogger for Foods You Can, a great site based in England, where you can search for info on products, recipes and restaurants that cater to multiple food allergies. (They have sites based in the U.S. and Canada too. Check it out!) You can search by each of the top 8 allergens, as well as things like sesame free, salt free, yeast free and MSG free – it’s pretty cool. My guest post was entitled Allergy Awareness Week: Tips for Having an...

Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipe - fearlessfoodallergymom.com

The Easiest Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipe (and it’s really yummy too)

This recipe came about because I needed to clean out the freezer. And because sometimes I’m lazy and look for shortcuts. Our stupid refrigerator looks like it has a large freezer space, but it’s actually quite tiny. With all of our allergies/sensitivities, I do a lot of baking and freeze things to keep them handy. This requires regularly purging things from the freezer. A tub of frozen sliced strawberries has been taking up valuable real estate for several months, and I was annoyed that it was still there. I could have worked on a allergy friendly shortcake recipe so that...

Brown Rice Pilaf Recipe - fearlessfoodallergymom.com

Brown Rice Pilaf With Mushrooms

This brown rice pilaf recipe is so easy and tastes much better than plain brown rice. I sometimes make a pilaf dish that has ridiculous amounts of butter in it. I make that for holidays and when we have non-allergic company over, because it is yummy and traditional, but I’d like to eventually replace it with something more allergy-friendly. This brown rice pilaf is more for everyday cooking, but you could serve it with fancier dishes if you need a low-key side dish. It’s a delicious complement to main dishes, without any butter. The mushrooms really add a lot of...

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Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo Ticket Giveaway!

So sometimes, all of this dealing with food allergies and sensitivities makes me feel like a crabby old lady. Going to the grocery store can put me into a funk. It’s great that there are so many gluten free and allergy-friendly products on the shelves nowadays, but it feels like I can eat like 0.04 percent of them because I’m sensitive to a million other things. Some days I don’t even bother getting my hopes up and won’t look at new gluten free products. Because of that, I’m sure there are great gluten free products our there that I haven’t...

Gluten Free Seafood and Dairy Free Too! - Fearless Food Allergy Mom

Woodman’s of Essex – Gluten Free and Allergy Friendly Fried Seafood

Summer has unofficially begun! For us, nothing says “IT’S SUMMER” like a trip to Woodman’s restaurant in Essex, Massachusetts for the best fried seafood in the country! It’s a beautiful day in southern New England, and my mom is here visiting from the West Coast. She really wanted fish and chips, so off we went to Woodman’s. I love this place. When you go gluten free, one of the first things you notice is a lack of gluten free fried foods. Well, gluttons like me notice these things immediately. But Woodman’s can make your fried seafood dreams come true. Most of...

Trader Joe's Food Allergy Shopping List - Fearless Food Allergy Mom

Our Trader Joe’s Food Allergy Shopping List – Part 1

For me, one of the most frustrating things about food allergies is how much more time it takes just to buy groceries! Gone are the days when you can just breeze into any grocery store, buy whatever catches your eye and run back out. Now, I’m always clogging up the store aisles, reading labels. We, the food allergic, need to use up precious brain space to remember things like whether “sodium stearoyl lactylate” or “calcium lactate” contain dairy.* We must use our iPhones at the store to find out whether that product’s “natural flavor” contains gluten or other allergens. My poor eyes are...

Breakfast Balls - Fearless Food Allergy Mom

Quick Breakfast Balls AKA Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

“Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies” is an accurate description of these, but in my mind they are “Quick Breakfast Balls.” I tried writing that alone as the name of this recipe, but it just didn’t seem appropriate! So now the recipe has two names. Whatever you call them, they are quick and yummy! I love these things for a nutritious and quick breakfast on the run. There are similar recipes which call them “healthy cookies.” They are healthy, and don’t contain any oil, flour or egg. But they have a texture that is, to me, more like a protein bar...

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My Favorite Gluten Free Restaurants

Gluten free restaurants are everywhere now, which is a good thing! There are a lot of restaurants which serve gluten free menu items, but not all of them are great. If you’re gluten free, I’m sure you’ve had the experience where a restaurant says they serve gluten free food, but then you find out that your menu options are limited to plain meats and salads, with no side dishes. I mean, it’s great that they have some gluten free options so that you’re not left starving. But there are some restaurants that really cater to celiacs and those on a...

Roasted Cauliflower - Fearless Food Allergy Mom

This Recipe Will Make You Love Cauliflower – Yes, That’s Possible

This roasted cauliflower is addictive – really addictive. I used to hate cauliflower and would avoid it at any cost. When it’s served in an unappetizing mix of steamed veggies, there’s nothing to love about it. And it doesn’t taste good raw, in my opinion. But now, this is my favorite veggie side. In fact, sometimes I make this just to eat as a snack. Yes, cauliflower as a snack! It is a superfood, so that’s a good thing. Roasting cauliflower at high heat caramelizes it and brings out the sweetness. Make sure the cauliflower gets browned on multiple sides...

Easter with Food Allergies - FearlessFoodAllergyMom.com

Easter With Food Allergies

Celebrating Easter with food allergies can be a challenge, but here are some tips for Easter egg hunts and baskets, and recipes to make your Easter safe and happy for everyone! Easter Egg Hunt Those plastic Easter eggs that kids hunt for are often filled with chocolates, jelly beans and other candies that contain allergens. If there’s an allergic child in the group, here are some ideas: 1. This is my favorite one – Label the eggs with small stickers, one sticker design for each child in the hunt. For example, one child gets the eggs with the soccer stickers...

Quick Lentil Rice Dish Recipe - fearlessfoodallergymom.com

Quick Lentil Rice Dish

Need a dinner idea for Meatless Monday? This lentil rice dish is quick and easy, and also healthy! Use chicken broth, or vegetable broth to make it vegan. Melt shredded cheese – dairy or dairy-free – on top if you like. Cheddar or Monterey jack tastes great with this. I’ve been making this for many years, starting long before I cooked often. Instant brown rice isn’t something I use for anything else, but it works well in this dish and helps this meal cook up so quickly. I prefer shredded carrot in this but thinly sliced carrot works great as...

Bread Maker Review - Fearless Food Allergy Mom

Bread Maker Review – Breadman Pro TR 875

I’ve been asked about the bread machine that I use, so here’s my bread maker review. I have had the Breadman TR875 bread machine for about six years, and use it a couple of times per month to make My Favorite Sandwich Bread. It looks exactly like the one pictured, and is still in great shape. I chose this bread maker because it has a Gluten Free setting. The settings of most bread machines include two separate kneading cycles with a rest period in between, and a punch down after the rising cycle. A punch down, which is like another very...

Honey Baked Ham Recipe - Fearless Food Allergy Mom

Holiday Honey Baked Ham Recipe

I make this honey baked ham almost every Easter and always get rave reviews. Last year I made it alongside a turkey at Thanksgiving, because we just need to have a crazy amount of food – that’s how we roll. People think it tastes just like a ham from the Honeybaked Ham store – but it’s way less expensive! I just buy a spiral cut ham from the big box store and throw away the nasty glaze packet, which usually has gluten and soy in it. This is a very easy recipe. The hardest part may be finding pear juice...

Green Beans Recipe - Fearless Food Allergy Mom

Green Beans With Fresh Vinaigrette

This green beans recipe is a great one for rounding out a holiday meal. Have you noticed that in a lot of holiday menus, all of the vegetables have been cooked in a casserole or roasted until they are limp? Not intentional, I’m sure, because everyone has those favorite recipes, smothered in sauce. But it’s nice to have a veggie dish that’s crisp and fresh to serve alongside those traditional casseroles. Here’s a recipe that I think you’ll enjoy, and it’s so simple to make. It’s cooked only briefly on the stove top, so it won’t take much of your...

Dairy Free Chocolate Truffles!

These insanely delicious dairy free chocolate truffles are also soy free, gluten free, nut free and vegan. You’d never guess they’re allergy friendly! This was one of my favorite recipes to create, and they are so simple to make. All you need is coconut cream and allergy friendly chocolate, plus whatever you want to roll these babies in. Do yourself a favor and use a small cookie scoop with a squeeze handle for easy release. It’s not necessary, but definitely very helpful. I use Trader Joe’s canned “Coconut Cream” for this, but you can use regular full-fat canned coconut milk. Just...

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2015 List of Top Allergy Friendly Restaurant Chains – Do You Agree?

AllergyEats, an online guide to allergy friendly restaurants in the U.S., has released its 2015 list of the Most Allergy Friendly Restaurant Chains nationwide. The list was created based on AllergyEats customer feedback. The rankings are divided into “large” restaurant chains (those with 50 or more restaurants) and “small” chains (those with less than 50 restaurants). There is quite a bit of debate about this list and some of the restaurants on it. Someone’s experience with how “allergy friendly” a restaurant is can vary greatly, depending on what allergies you have. For example, while Red Robin may be allergy friendly to...