The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook

200 Gourmet and Homestyle Recipes for the Food Allergic Family

allergy cookbook

Monday, September 11, 2006

Dear readers:

Just want to let you know that my article on chocolate recipes is now available in the fall issue of Living Without (magazine)
For more info check

Also, I had the great pleasure of testing Amy's new Gluten-free, Casein-free spinach pizza. It's allergen-free accept for the soy cheese, and is truly awesome. I think it's going to become a weekly staple in this house. For more info on that check

It will be available in most Whole Foods by October, and should already be in many. If you can eat soy, CHECK IT OUT!!




  • At 12:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That cover picture looks so good, I'm tempted to get the magazine. I like Amy's stuff too.

  • At 8:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Cybele: your thoughts on today's headlines of bagged spinach and e coli.

  • At 3:01 PM, Blogger Cybele Pascal said…

    Dear Anonymous:

    I've been in bed sick the past couple days, sleeping and reading the Da Vinci Code, and am out of the loop on the news. My mother-in-law called me about the spinach, but I haven't read about it yet. What's your take on it?


  • At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It's scary that the FDA admitted that you can't even wash the ecoli off of the tainted spinach.

    I've heard that the "sell by" dates on the recalled spinach was early October.

    There was a salmonella outbreak linked to the tomatoes used at Sheetz a while back. Their subs are selling great now and everyone has forgotten.

    My sister got salmonella from food she ate in a Chinese restaurant this summer.

    This too shall pass, I guess.

    People used to say "I could get hit by a bus tomorrow" to illustrate that life is short and you can't worry about everything. Now they can say "I could contract a disease tomorrow from what I ate".

    Just a few random thoughts...

    Hope you're feeling better Cybele.


  • At 11:33 PM, Anonymous Carrie said…

    Hallo Cybele,

    After the inspiration you've been to me this year, I wish I could make you your lemony chicken soup!
    Hope the recup is speedy and the rest blissful as it can be for someone under the weather. (What does that really mean, anyway? When you think about it... I for one like to feel trundled under the blanky sky, whether 'tis fluffied with cumuli or velvety darkswanned at night. Technically, I "feel' most weather above me.... ok, this is WAAAAY off the proverbial cuff Ha-Hrem!)

    I've been following the spinach scare through yesterday, and hey: It has appeared in scattered states across the country; I didn't hear it had been definitively contained yet; and since someone died of kidney failure due to this...

    when I went to the store last night... I gazed long and hard at the lovely, tender, earnest little bouquets of fresh spinach and --

    not only did I not buy any; I thought to myself, IF in the unlikely event that it is not safe, how would I know that it hasn't brushed, behind the scenes, some other adjacent veggie?

    I realize just how ludicrous that sounds, but it's wiser imho to err on the side of safety rather than recklessness.

    So unless I hear anything definitively certain about total safety restored, I'm just going to take a few weeks being easy on that dearly beloved veggie.

    I'd be interested to hear what you think of Da Vinci Code as I am thinking of reading it... as off-topic as it would be.

    ~Blessings to all New Yorkers... even those that have migrated elsewhere~


  • At 11:44 PM, Anonymous Carrie said…

    P.S. I loved reading your article on hay fever and diet (though of course I was sorry to hear your boys had a rough time of it this summer. When I lived in L.A./S.B. areas, the respective smog and chemical spraying on farms would really get me, depending on the seasons. Hopefully, you're tucked near the sea or somewhere with clean air.).

    I shared it with my best friends, and they started incorporating helpful foods for their kids' hay fever troubles. You are much appreciated.

  • At 11:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    spinach scare=true
    davinci code=false

  • At 12:44 PM, Blogger Cybele Pascal said…

    I'm feeling better, thanks.

    I was in NY for meetings and was staying with my best girlfriend since high school, so she took care of me.

    Anonymous at the bottom: Are you back? If so, thanks for the chuckle you got out of me.

    I'm staying away from spinach which is very sad, because it's one of my favorite greens. But it will force me to venture out to others like chard on a more regular basis. And hey, chard comes in things like "rainbow chard", so that can't be all bad.

    The Da Vinci Code was a good read. It's not the most brilliantly written book, but a well-crafted mystery. I hear the book is a lot better than the movie, so I'll skip that. I doubt the premise is true, but the story is a lot of fun. A lot of the historical facts are based on truth (things I actually learned in religious studies courses in college taught by a Catholic priest and Anglican priest respectively), but in terms of the "Big Conspiracy" of the book, he took a lesson from Agatha Christie and dramatized big time.

    other thoughts?


  • At 4:58 PM, Blogger elleine08 said…

    I haven't read the DaVinci Code, so I can't say, but I have read some other things by Dan Brown (Angels and Demons, namely), and I just don't like his style of writing. He writes to be controversial, and Angels and Demons just wasn't that well-written.

    But off that topic, I just want to say hi to cybele and thank her for providing the world with such a fabulous cookbook. I do not have food allergies, but I'm friends with people who do and I'm also trying to eat healthier, and it's very interesting just to see how things that use different ingredients than what people are used to can still taste amazing! So, thank you, you have provided an amazing service to the food allergic community. I hope you and your family are doing wonderfully. Sorry for writing so much.

  • At 8:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I venturing towards radicchio, endive and arrugala tossed in balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, with a hint of rosemary. Then toss with diced tomatoes and pinoli nuts. I know you can't do pinoli nuts, but perhaps you can sub out with chic peas. Wash it down with rasberry mango iced tea. Nice bite!

  • At 6:52 AM, Anonymous Ren said…

    I'm going to get advice from the master gardeners in my county to see if I can grow my own spinach in a container (I live in an apartment). Quantity would be limited, but at least I can get a spinach salad fix at least once a year.

    I came across your book at the library and I am going to purchase it. It has been my goal to cut back on refined sugars and increase whole grains. Your book helps out a lot in this area. I suspect my infant has sensitivity to cow's milk so it also gives me other recipe ideas to work with.


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