Thursday, December 9, 2010

Affairs Of Living: Recipe Calendar Review And Giveaway

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 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)
  • Soy-free
  • Corn-free
  • Peanut-free
  • Tomato-free
  • Potato-free
  • Cane sugar-free
  • Yeast-free (with the exception of naturally fermented products, ie, miso, sauerkraut, etc)
Most recipes are also:
  • Citrus-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Vegan and/or Vegetarian
  • Tree nut-free
  • Digestive trouble-friendly
  • Anti-Candida Diet-friendly
  • Lyme Disease Diet-friendly
  • Autism/Aspberger's Diet-friendly
Whew! That's a mouthful, right? But for someone like me, who spends a lot of time saying, "Sorry, I can't eat that," Kim's blog is a haven of delightfully healthy recipes. It's also a haven of delightfully tasty recipes, whether you're "something"-free or not. Case in point? Kim's sweet potato falafels with tahini sauce. You don't have to be on a special diet to love these. You just have to like good food.

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 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.


Sherron said...

I love the idea of a recipe calendar! Nothing better than a picture of beautiful food that I can eat! I am going to spend some time looking through Kim's recipes. I'd love to get her calendar!

briogusto said...

I've recently begun experimenting with a wheat and dairy free diet again, so I would LOVE Kim's calendar.

Good luck with the end of your term Iris! :)


susanelizabeth31 - Pretty Little Angel Eyes said...

I have multiple food allergies - at least ten - most recent being wheat. Any resource we can find is always appreciated!

Eagles17 said...

I would LOVE to win a copy of Kim's calendar! Since being diagnosed with celiac, it's been a challenge converting my diet. Not to mention, I adore recipe calendars - Pillsbury, Eat Better America, Betty Crocker, and all that jazz.


hunterslyonesse said...

You shop without a list? I'd be lost and in the store for hours without a list! I want to be in and out of the grocery as fast as possible. Otherwise, it's not a pretty sight and I have to muster every bit of patience I can. :D

Julie said...

I would love a copy of Kim's calendar. The photos have me drooling. I am a super foodie who was struck down with severe and extensive food allergies 12 years ago following exposure to some toxic fumes from a fire. I have been struggling to make delicious meals out of a handful of tolerated foods ever since. I love Kim's blog and would love to be inspired further by the special recipes and food photos in her calendar!

Neva said...

Love the idea of a reciepe calander. I agree, it would be so handy.

nvhanson @

marshowl said...

Having a copy of Kims calendar would be great. Being able to see photos of recipes is always a plus. We have multiple food alergies in our family and making holiday meals that everyone can eat is always a challenge.

honeyfromflintyrocks said...

Hello!! I JUST found you blog and am looking so forward to making more of your great recipes. I am also thankful for other blogs, as you mentioned. This calendar sounds wonderful! Add my name to the list of prospective winners.

cushlas.treasures AT gmail DOT com

~Mrs. R said...

Well that's super cool! A calendar! Those falafels sounds really delish too.


Lois said...

I would love to win a copy of this lovely calendar. Those falafels look fabulous.

Lois said...

for some reason I don't seem to be able to post a comment. I'm trying yet again - I would love to win a copy of Kim's calendar. Felafels look outrageous.

brooke said...

Gorgeous falafels! And what a great idea for recipe sharing/publishing.

I, also, dislike having to write down all ingredients for whatever recipes as I often forget what it was for. :P

Catie said...

Oh my goodness! I would LOVE to have a copy of this calendar! I've been diagnosed with IBS and have cut out all foods that could possibly be a trigger -- this would make it so much easier for me to continue eating this way!

Anonymous said...

You made this calendar sound so good, I simply had to have one. So instead of attempting to win it, I've already placed an order for a copy of my own. As an aspiring chef this compilation of recipes will come in handy when I get to cook for a special someone. Especially since that someone can't have gluten or bananas. Also, the end of the year is coming up and having a new calendar seems like a good idea.

evaline said...

I am interested!


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