The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook

200 Gourmet and Homestyle Recipes for the Food Allergic Family

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Well, it's been awhile. Seems like a lot has happened in the world in the past couple of weeks, between the Guantanamo Bay ruling, North Korea setting of Weapons of Mass Destruction, and now Ken Lay's death. But as always, food is still the center of my existance, so I thought it was time for a little update.

First of all, I've been absentee because I had the delightful task of writing an article for Living Without in which I created a whole batch of new allergen-free, gluten-free recipes including Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips. It's an homage to chocolate, and will be in their fall issue, so look for it soon. I had to save my Chicken Mole recipe for that, so forgive me for not posting it here right now. My second task has been testing GF pastas for my upcoming column on, so look for that towards the end of the month. Essentially, I've reviewed all the gf pastas I can find on the market, and then created a couple of tasty new allergen-free, GF-free pasta recipes. I'll let you all know when that's up.

I hope everyone had a festive 4th of July. I actually cooked a few things from my cookbook for a little BBQ we had yesterday. I made the corn salad, and the american picnic potato salad. They were both delicious, if I do say so myself. But the big news of the week is that GOOD KARMA Organic RiceCream is in stores. I've been waiting for this since March when I first tasted it at Expo West (natural products expo). The Carrot Cake RiceCream is the best thing I've ever tasted (it does NOT contain nuts, like carrot cake does). I LOVE it. In fact, I'm dangerously in love with it. I bought 3 containers yesterday, just in case they run out at Whole Foods. I never do things like that. But Good Karma has got me hooked. Now, for the record, it is allergen-free except for soy lecithin, which most people with soy allergies can still eat, but check with your allergist if you or your child have a soy allergy before going for the gold. It is not maufactured in a dedicated plant, so if you have severe/life threatening food allergies, you may want to call to find out what their procedure is for cleaning the line, etc. FYI, the Vanilla is also wonderful, with a true vanilla bean flavor. This is without a doubt, the best non-dairy ice cream on the market. I'd love to hear what others think after they've tasted it.

All the best, and happy summer!



  • At 9:59 AM, Blogger The Diaper Lady said…

    Hi Cybele!
    I went to two stores yesterday to get the ingredients for 3 different recipes that I'm trying. They were out of fresh basil :o( and I could not find canned artichoke hearts anywhere. Any hints? Nevertheless, I am making the pasta salad for lunch today. The apple pancakes were a hit this morning, but it took me a while to get the knack of flipping them without them falling apart! I also made some fresh squeezed orange juice which was yummy. Can't wait for lunch.... Any help on the artichoke hearts for next time would be awesome!
    Lovin' the book...

  • At 2:47 PM, Blogger Cybele Pascal said…

    Hi Evie:

    Do you have a Trader Joes anywhere near you? They have them both in water and in oil. As does Whole Foods. Does your local grocery store have a section with things like olives, pimentos, etc? If so, they are likely to have jarred artichoke hearts in olive oil, which you could use. The canned ones in water are usually in the canned veggies section, along with things like canned aspargus. Hope that helps!


  • At 8:52 AM, Anonymous Madeline said…

    Any organic suggestions for those suffering from extreme menstrual cramps?

  • At 8:58 AM, Blogger The Diaper Lady said…

    We don't have Trader Joe's, but there is a Whole Foods. I guess they just didn't have them at the stores I went to. Will stop in Whole Foods next time. (We have some other stores like "Food for Thought," and "Green Acres," etc.) Anyway...just HAD to tell you. I was going to make Raf's Cuban Beans and Rice the other night when I realized I needed TWO hours which I didn't I made the Beer Battered Chicken Nuggets instead and they were awesome! I did make the beans and rice last night and EVERYONE loved them, even my picky eater. I was afraid they would be too spicy, but not at all. (Though I did wake up with horrible onion breath this morning! LOL)

    Two questions:
    1. Is there a way to make the batter stay on the nuggets better? I noticed that the 2nd batch did a little worse, so I'm thinking the hotter the oil, the better it works?
    2. Are you supposed to drain the beans that come out of the cans? I did, but not sure if I was supposed to.
    Going to see what I want to make next...:o)

  • At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just wanted to let you know that your cookbook is great and I just watched the video of you on Martha and I had to come on here and say that you have two of the cutest children in the world!

  • At 1:55 PM, Anonymous ellen said…

    wow-sounds like you are a busy camper. I've told so many of our customers about your site...also have your readers check out for more info-this is a great way to get cool info.

  • At 5:40 PM, Blogger Cybele Pascal said…

    Dear Madeline:

    This isn't my area of expertise, but I have been told raspberry leaf tea helps with cramps. I also have noticed my periods and pms are better when I'm getting enough calcium. Do you take supplements?

    Dear Evie:

    To get the batter to stay on the chicken nuggets, you really have to make sure your oil is super hot. Also, make sure the nuggets are nice and coated with the batter. And also make sure you use enough oil. You want to make sure the nuggets are floating in it, not touching the bottom of the pan.

    Yes, drain the beans unless a recipe specifies you keep the liquid. In the cuban rice and beans, you should drain the beans.

    Dear Anonymous:

    Thanks for the kind words about my boys!

    Dear Ellen:

    Thanks for the tip! I will post the address.

  • At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Cybele,
    My name is Sarah First off thank you for this cook book I DONT HAVE FOOD ALLERGIES but alot of my friends do and I have been appointed the "friendly neaighborhood cheif" so this cookbook has really been helpful, OH MY GOD I was looking around on (cause me being the blond that I am missed it when It was on tv) I saw you on Martha Your kids are so cute...all 3 of them LOL Well bye bye for now


  • At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Cybele: do you ever cook with yerba matte?

  • At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "All 3 of them"..? Thats funny OMG Im gonna go out and get that book I love to cook Oh By the way love the short hair very pretty

  • At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Cybele,

    You wrote in a recent post (5/31) that Spectrum Organics Shortening is NOT produced in a facility where there are peanuts and tree nuts.

    However, I just contacted Spectrum, and they told me that it IS produced in a facility with other nuts, as Spectrum has only ONE plant...I am quite confused. Can you get your information in writing? Sure i believe you, maybe, but i certainly won't trust my child's life with a blog statement.

  • At 1:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You so casually link North Korea's Nuculear developments in the same sentence with Kenneth Lay. Care to elaborate?

  • At 7:49 PM, Blogger The Diaper Lady said…

    I almost cried tonight when we had the Sloppy Joes and Basic Biscuits. It was SO good. My husband and I actually cooked it together. Thank you so much again for your book. Knowing that I am cooking real food rather than food from packets is so nice. We are having the chicken nuggets again on Saturday, so thanks for the hints on that!

  • At 12:14 PM, Blogger Nancy said…

    Hi Cybele,

    We've been being more careful what we eat, eating more organic food and whole foods, and adapting recipes from your book and I must say we are all feeling better. My kids, Carly and Chelsea, are actually more obedient (they don't argue with me as much). I think I'm calmer yet have more energy at the same time so I'm a better Mom. I think they are calmer and are easier to manage. I'm a convert. For us, maybe it was all about food. I hope it spills over into the school year.

    Thank you so much!


  • At 10:09 PM, Blogger Cybele Pascal said…

    Dear Anonymous:

    I have called Spectrum on three occasions and been told that the organic shortening is produced in a nut-free, peanut-free facility. It is not produced in the same facility where they bottle their oils, but rather, in Columbia. If you are not comfortable using it, that is your choice. I am a great believer in all of us functioning within our own comfort zone. And as production practices can change, sometimes on a weekly basis, it is important to call manufacturers yourself. When I last called in May, I was told it was produced in a nut-free, peanut-free facility.

    Re: Anonymous who said
    "You so casually link North Korea's Nuculear developments in the same sentence with Kenneth Lay. Care to elaborate?"

    I am not the slightest bit casual about North Korea's Nuclear developments. Nuclear proliferation is an issue that I care deeply about, and have been active in fighting against since I was a young teenager. So there is no flippancy implied. I'm sorry if you misinterpretted my writing. It was an overwhelming week in the media (and world), though nothing compared to this past week. It's been quite a summer, don't you think?

    Dear Evie and Nancy:

    Thanks for the support!

    I'll be posting some new recipes very soon.


  • At 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think people should learn to read before thay respaond to one of the posts and not jump on Cybele's back like that regardless if you misread it or not OH MY GOD

  • At 9:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Okay I have kind of a stupid question... Okay I don't really like seafood not a huge fan However I love shrimp but I can only eat a very little bit before I start to feel sick and I was wondering if that might mean that I am allergic and should not be eating it?



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