Having food allergies or sensitivities forces one to get creative. Like, really creative. This is why blogs (and the internet in general) are so amazing. Need an idea for a gluten-free, egg-free, sugar-free, nut-free cookie? Just google it. Want to know what the best egg substitute is for your muffins? Google it. This is where I get a lot of my ideas. I think of something I want to make, then see what others have done to help me figure out how to tailor it to my needs. It's fun to see what google comes up with. Just so you know, if you use blogsearch.google.com and type in "gluten-free egg-free sugar-free nut-free cookie," you get a recipe from one of my favorite bloggers. Ironically, the recipe is not egg, sugar, or nut-free. Oh well.
My point was that cooking is always creative. Cooking with food intolerances is creativity ramped up. And if there's one woman who knows creative allergy-friendly cooking, it's Kim Christensen. Kim is the author of Affairs of Living, an allergy-friendly blog catering to the gluten-free crowd. But Kim's blog is not just gluten-free, it's also:
- Chicken Egg-free (select recipes may use duck eggs)
- Cane sugar-free
- Yeast-free (with the exception of naturally fermented products, ie, miso, sauerkraut, etc)
- Vegan and/or Vegetarian
- Tree nut-free
- Digestive trouble-friendly
- Anti-Candida Diet-friendly
- Lyme Disease Diet-friendly
- Autism/Aspberger's Diet-friendly
I wish I could share Kim's recipe with you, but I can't because...well.. it's not mine. It's also not on her blog. But it is in her 2011 recipe calender. And while I can't share the recipe with you, I can offer you your own copy. Well, technically, Kim is offering you a copy. I'm just picking someone to give it to. Why is this a great batch of recipes to have? Aside from being wonderful for anyone on a restricted diet, the cards are also big enough to read but small enough to fit in your bag when you go grocery shopping. I don't know about anyone else, but I hate having to make a list of ingredients I need for a recipe. With Kim's recipes, I just grab the card and put it in my purse. I know I know...it doesn't sound like a big deal. But trust me. It makes a big difference. Kim is also a master at substituting foods, so if you can't eat something, chances are she'll include an alternative in her recipe. You don't even have to google it.
So without further ado, if you would like to win a copy of Kim's recipe calender (might I also point out that this would make a great stocking stuffer), please leave a comment letting me know. You can also tweet it, facebook it, or blog about it for extra entries (just come back and let me know what you did). If your google signature doesn't lead me to your e-mail address, please leave your e-mail or I won't have a way to contact you and then I'll have to give your prize to someone else. And that would just be a shame.