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My daughter, Jazlyn, is anaphylactic to egg, dairy and nuts. When she was first diagnosed, I found it very difficult to find recipes and foods that didn't taste like "allergy" food. Over the last 11 years I have had a lot of fun developing and changing recipes so that they are safe for her. I love to share my recipes so that other families can realize how yummy "allergy" foods can taste. You don't have to sacrifice taste or your favorite foods, you just have to rethink how to make them. I made a promise to Jazzy that I would do my very best to find a way for her to eat any food she wants to try. So far I have been able to keep that promise. I hope your family enjoys these recipes as much as we do.















Questions and Comments

Please feel free to post and questions or comments you might have. I would love to hear feedback if you have tried a recipe. I will try to answer any of your questions. Also, if you have a recipe that you are looking for (or a type of recipe), please let me know and I will see if I have something that would work for you.

81 comments:

  1. Hi, I have a question about the donut hole recipe. Do you bake them in a mini muffin tin that has muffin cups in it?

    Love the oatmeal recipe.

    Thanks,
    Dana

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  2. Dana, I'm sorry I didn't see your comment earlier. I line the mini muffin tin with the paper liners. I also usually take off the bottom of the muffin so that the doughnut hole is round (my girls like to hang around to eat the bottoms).

    The baked oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfasts.

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  3. Hi Lori,
    As you can see, I'm a big fan of your imaginative recipes and smartly written blog posts. I'm wondering if you'd ever consider authoring a guest post for the SunButter blog? You have a great story and I can tell all your recipes have been tested with love by you and your family. I'd love SunButter blog readers to hear your experiences in your own words. Of course, we'd give you full credit and link to your blog. Let me know what you think. You can comment back here or email me at SunButterElizabeth@gmail.com
    Thanks!

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  4. Absolutely! Just let me know what you need. I'm always looking for new ways to spread awareness of food allergies and to let people with food allergies know that they can still eat yummy foods.

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  5. FYI - IMPORTANT - Laffy Taffy now has egg in it!!! Just found this out the hard way after letting my egg allergic son eat LT for years safely. We just returned from the ER due to the addition of Egg in Laffy Taffy!!

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  6. Hi!
    Could I put the pumpkin pudding into a pie crust? My daughter really wants to try pumpkin pie and I'd love to surprise her with one...thanks!

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  7. The Laffy Taffy I bought a few days ago still was safe. Maybe a certain batch had cross contamination problems? This is just another reason to check labels every time.

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  8. I'm assuming you could put it in a pie crust. The pudding is thinner than a traditional pie filling. If I was going to use it for a pie filling, I would decrease the amount of soy milk so that it would be thicker. I would also fill the prebaked pie crust (graham cracker would be really good) and serve pretty quickly. Let me know if you try it.

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  9. I just contacted Wonka about the Laffy Taffy containing eggs. I was told that over Halloween they made a chocolate flavor that contained egg. Also, the big bars of Laffy Taffy contain egg. The only safe ones are the small flavored bars that are NOT chocolate. The Wonka phone number is 800-358-1971.

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  10. Oh my gosh, what a great blog! I wish I had found this sooner! My daughter was anaphylactic to egg and she was also allergic to dairy, but she has outgrown her allergies. What a wonderful thing you guys have going here! Your recipes look so good, I think I'm going to try them anyways!

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  11. Thank you. I always say that these recipes are for everyone, not just those with food allergies. My goal is to make yummy foods, not allergy foods.

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  12. Does your daughter eat Potassium Lactate? It comes from lactic acid so I was assuming it wasn't safe.

    Do you have a brand of ham that you purchase?
    Thanks,
    Camille

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  13. She eats Potassium Lactate as long as the label doesn't state that the food contains dairy. The labeling law states that the ingredients MUST be labeled in plain language. For example, instead of albumim, it must say egg in parentheses or in a contains statement. If I ever have a question, I call the company to make sure.

    Most hams (lunchmeat and full hams) seem to be safe. I don't have any currently in the house, but I know the majority of the ones on the market are safe for her.

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  14. Hello I just came across your blog because I did a google search for chocolate pie filling and I have to say this blog is a great find and I very excited to trying some of your recipes. :) My daughter has the same allergies (but also allergic to beef) with anaphylactic reactions to them all. I am curious what brand of elbow roni you buy? All the ones I have read say they can contain traces of eggs. So irritating.

    Well keep up the great work i look forward to checking back soon.

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  15. Welcome. Jazlyn was allergic to beef for a little over a year. Luckily, she grew out of that allergy and a bunch more. As far as noodles, Jazlyn's allergist suggested that if I wanted to use noodles, I should pick a brand that I could trust their good manufacturing processes (cleaning the lines thoroughly and testing after cleaning). After contacting the different companies, I felt that I could trust Barilla. Jazlyn has been eating the Barilla pastas for years now without any problem at all. This decision was very hard for me because I don't allow Jazlyn to eat any of the "processed near" foods and she is anaphylactic to eggs. However, she loves her noodles and so far we haven't had any problems. I'm hoping that at some point a company will come out with a pasta that is not processed with egg pastas, but for now, the Barilla works for us.

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  16. Thank you SO much, for this page. It Really helps me out. I mean, it's like, you've done the work For me.
    Truly. I Really, Really, appreciate it.
    Thank you, Thank you.

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  17. Wow I just came across the Recipes.
    Really, this site is amazing!
    I use it for Myself, AnD because I'm in the Nannying business, and always want to be prepared with the Best for my kids and for Anything that might come my way.
    So, (sorry for saying it so much but) Thanks again.
    My allergies are new to me. I've just Recently become allergic to many things which I didn't know could happen. I thought you had to be Born w/allergies. I didn't know they can Develope. So believe me when I say, I'm Glad to have stumbled across this site. ^_^

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  18. Welcome Tiffany. You are very welcome. It's wonderful hearing feedback about how much the recipes are helping others. Jazlyn and I are having a lot of fun with our blog.

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  19. Hi Lori,
    Me again. I've continued enjoying your lively posts, and we're cooking (actually, baking) up a little something to send SunButter's fav bloggers. May I ask for your direct email address?
    Nothing salesy or propoganda, I promise.

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  20. Hi Lori
    I'm so glad I came across your blog! I'm feeling a little overwhelmed these days when it comes to food. My 5 year old has just been diagnosed with a milk protein allergy (and the Dr also thinks he may have celiacs disease although it hasn't been confirmed yet. My 19 year old has a life threatening allergy to egg and all egg product and I have Oral Allergy Syndrome (am anaphylactic to my allergens), as well as an ana tree nut allergy (but I can eat almonds) and a latex sensitivity.
    So, cooking and baking is getting difficult, moreso because I'm still a newbie at the dairy allergy and learning all there is to know about it.
    Question, do you ever use Carob chips as a replacement to chocolate?
    I can't wait to try some of your recipes!
    Thanks for the awesome site!

    Erin H

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  21. Welcome Erin. We didn't like the flavor of the carob chips, but we have found 2 dairy free brands. Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks and Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Chips. I've also heard that Divvies are safe, but we haven't used them. The egg allergy was the hardest for me. As far as the dairy allergy, you can substitute soy milk 1:1 in the recipes. I use Fleishmann's Unsalted Sticks to replace our stick butter. I use Weis Quality 48% vegetable oil spread to substitute our tub butter. The only safe ice cream that Jazlyn likes is our homemade. She tried several store bought vesions a while back, but was never very thrilled. Please make sure you check out my egg, dairy and nut free snack link listed listed on the top right of the blog. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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  22. Hi Lori,
    We tried the Tator Tot Casserole last night and loved it! It was wonderful! Am so excited to be cooking for my whole family and not two different meals!

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  23. I'm glad you found something that everyone can enjoy. It's just too much work to cook two different meals. Also, there are so many other circumstances that Jazlyn can't eat what others are having, so home should be a place that she can feel completely safe and "normal".

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  24. I have tried alot of these recipes i myself do not have any allergies and i absolutely love these recipes thank you lori

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  25. Lori, hi! My name is Amanda and I have 2 sons. One severely allergic to Milk, Eggs and Peanuts (and who knows what else as that's all we've had tested). The other is severly allergic to Peanuts. I have a question for you regarding the Chips Ahoy Thin Crisps 100 Calorie Packs. Did you notice in the ingredients that "Caramel" is listed? Caramel, to my knowledge contains milk ... have you noticed this?? I am researching products right now that are mislabeled. This particular product does not state in the allergen statement that it contains milk - but honestly - if it contains caramel, it contains milk!!!! Just wondering what your thoughts are?

    I am in the beginning stages of my research, but I am going to my local grocery store and going down one side of the aisle at at time checking each and every product and reading labels. I am beginning this tomorrow, however, at the store today, I picked up 3 various products that are mislabeled. They contain a Top 8 allergen, but the manufacturer did not disclose that in the allergy statement!

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  26. Lori - my bad, I got mixed up with another product. The Chips Ahoy Thin Crisps contain semi-sweet chocolate chips - again - is there milk in these? Chances are YES! I tried calling Kraft but they are not staffed at the moment so will be calling first thing on Monday to inquire. This specific product was recalled once before back in 2004 or 2005 for the same reasoning - not declaring a milk ingredient!

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  27. Amanda - I was so surprised that the Chips Ahoy Thn Crisps seemed to be safe. I called Kraft and they confirmed that they in fact are safe and that they would be labeled if there were any chance of them containing any of the top 8. I know labels change, so I make it a point to read labels each and every time. It takes a little longer to shop, but it's better to be safe than sorry. For example, Jazlyn used to be able to have the Kraft Cucumber Ranch Dressing, now it contains dairy. When I called the company they said they changed the way they make the product. There are several chocolate chips that do not contain dairy (such as Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks, Enjoy Life Foods, Divvies, etc.). Because of the labeling laws, I know that the top 8 will be labeled for, which is much better than when Jazlyn was first diagosed. I just can't wait until the day a law is passed that the companies also have to label for possible cross-contamination or may contain. If I have a doubt, I always contact the company before allowing Jazlyn to have any. Please let me know if you find out something different than I was told.

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  28. Lori - hi just wanted to let you know that I contacted Kraft this morning. The operator did some research and told me that in the semi-sweet chocolate chips that they use, there was no dairy/milk ingredient. She did state to keep checking the label because recipes do change. Just wanted to follow up on my original post to you.

    Can you email me directly and I can give you a little more background on our family's recent situation with food labels?

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  29. Amanda, I can't find your email address. Please let me know your email address and I will contact you. If not, you can feel free to discuss your food label experience on here. It may help others too.

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  30. Hi Lori!

    I just wanted to let you know I'm hosting a virtual cookie exchange in my blog. I'm hoping you would check it out and share your wonderful allergen-friendly cookie recipes with my readers and meet other mom bloggers with kids with food allergies :-)
    Here's the link to the virtual cookie exchange:
    http://artofdessert.blogspot.com/2011/11/call-for-submissions-cookie-exchange.html
    Hope you'll participate :-)
    Rianne

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  31. Thanks for inviting me Rianne. A cookie exchange is a wonderful idea. I will send you some recipes soon.

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  32. Hi. I have a question about the recipes you use soy milk in. I am in love with you site because I am allergic to nuts, dairy, and eggs. But I am also allergic to soy and just recently started doing all rice milk.

    Would rice milk be an ok substitute for soy milk in the recipes that call for soy milk??

    Stefani

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  33. Stefani - Before Jazlyn outgrew her soy allergy, we used all rice milk. Most recipes work fine using rice milk. The only thing I would recommend is using a little less of the rice milk because it is thinner, especially in recipes like pudding. For example, I noticed when we made the instant puddings if I used less rice milk than the box stated it was fine, but when I used the full amount, the pudding stayed runny.

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  35. I can't recommend something that I haven't used personally. I haven't seen that brand in our area. I've been looking for seeds that are safe for Jazzy but haven't found any that aren't cross-contaminated. I will check out your website.

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  36. Hello!

    I'm working on a school project dealing with food allergies and eating out, and was wondering if you'd be willing to answer a few quick questions for me. They are attached at the bottom of this message. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

    Best,
    Jensen Luther

    QUESTIONS
    1. What's the most important thing for a person with food allergies when eating out?
    2. What have you found to be the best method in finding a restaurant that will accommodate your allergies?
    3. Do you feel that it is more difficult to find a restaurant that will accommodate you, or to communicate the seriousness of your allergies to the restaurant staff once you are there?
    4. What is your method for finding a place to eat when you're already out and can't plan ahead, or when you're in a new area and can't eat at one of your go-to spots?
    5. Any other thoughts you think might be helpful in my research?

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  37. Jazlyn has never eaten at a restaurant. She only eats food that my mom or I prepare for her. She is anaphylactic ingestion to egg, dairy and nuts, contact reactive to all 3 and airborn to egg and nuts. Even a small amount of cross-contamination could cause a severe reaction. For us, eating out was never worth the risk involved. Instead, I've made it my goal to make any food she wants. For example, she saw funnel cakes and corn dogs at Hersheypark, so I figured out a way to make them at home for her. I'm sorry I can't be of more help, but finding a way to eat out was never a priority for our family.

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  38. I have a daughter that is 23 mo old and anaphylactic to eggs, milk, and peanuts and now we found she has a soy allergy. So, when our recipe calls for Fleishman's, what else can I do? Can I use rice milk to sub for Soy? I am afraid if I substitute too much it will not come out as good as yours!

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  39. I have a daughter that is 23 mo old and anaphylactic to eggs, milk, and peanuts and now we found she has a soy allergy. So, when our recipe calls for Fleishman's, what else can I do? Can I use rice milk to sub for Soy? I am afraid if I substitute too much it will not come out as good as yours!

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  40. I used rice milk for several years before Jazlyn outgrew her soy allergy. She was able to have soy in small amounts, such as margarine, but she couldn't handle high amounts like in soynut butter and soy milk.

    In general, rice milk is a good substitute for soy milk. Rice milk is thinner, so I would use a little less than the recipe states.

    As far as the margarine, that's a little bit of a different story. It is difficult to find a soy free margarine, but they are out there.

    Applesauce can be used to replace margarine in a baking recipe.

    Depending on the recipe, you can substitute 7/8 cup canola oil for 1 cup margarine.

    I've never used it, but I've heard that Earth Balance Shortening is made from palm oil so it may be safe.

    Again, I've never used it, but coconut oil is hard at room temp and can be used as a margarine replacement.

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  41. For your consideration:

    Both children with food allergies and children without food allergies will love the new picture book The Girl Who Cannot Eat Peanut Butter.

    Written for kids approximately ages 5-10, The Girl Who Cannot Eat Peanut Butter is a rhyming book about coping with food allergies. The girl of the title sometimes gets upset about having a food allergy, but soon realizes ‘that everyone in class has something special or different that no one else has.’

    The Girl Who Cannot Eat Peanut Butter is written by Winnipeg author Sharon Chisvin and illustrated by Winnipeg teacher Carol Leszcz.

    The book can be ordered at www.allergypicturebook.com or by contacting the author at schisvin@yahoo.com

    Thank you and happy reading!

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  42. Hi Lori:

    First off, I'm so happy to have ran into your blog. My sister found it for me and I am so grateful. My son is 20 months old and has severe allergies linked with ezcema and asthma. We get him tested every 6 months and recently found out he is allergic to all fish, shellfish, treenuts, peanuts, eggs, dairy, flax and sesame seeds and strawberries. He definitely hits the top 8 allergens and a few more and since we have him tested on so many we are not able to get everything at once of course. Does your daughter have ezcema too? I have so many questions for you to see if our children have any similar patterns. I think I read that your some of your daughter's allergies are airborne and lead to anaphylatic results so I know you don't ever have those in the house. But, what about the other allergens, do you still have it in the house for the other family members? Was she always that severly allergic to egg, dairy and nuts? or did it progress? The reason that I ask is I'm wondering if we need to eliminate some of our foods that other family members eat from the house that my son is allergic to? We have an EPI pen since he seems to have a high reaction to eggs and dairy and some nuts but of course we don't know the severity reaction because we've never given him these foods since we had him tested so early in age even before he was eating solids. I hope this all makes sense. Let me know if you have any questions to clear up mine. Much appreciated,

    Christine

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  43. Oh, and what kind of margarine do you use for baking?

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  44. Christine,

    I use Fleishmann's UNSALTED sticks in all of my baking.

    Jazlyn had very severe eczema that didn't clear up until we found everything she was allergic to and I understood cross-contamination of products along with her airborn and contact allergies. Now she only has breakouts when she sweats too much.

    Eggs and nuts are not aloud in my house because of her airborn allergies. I have some dairy products in the house but strict precautions are made when we eat them. Jazlyn has 2 of the 6 chairs at the table designated for her and no one can sit there if they have unsafe food. Once we are finished eating an unsafe food, we thoroughly wash our hands and faces. All of our suppers are safe for Jazlyn and the majority of everything else is too. I just have dairy milk (for me and my husband on our cereal - my other daughters have soy), a few Lean Pockets, Ellios Pizza, etc. because I want my other daughters to eat some dairy once and a while so they don't get intolerant to it.

    Jazlyn's allergies got worse with each exposure, except for egg which she reacted to the first bite and nuts which she never ate but had severe reactions to processed near foods. I always say that Jazlyn's allergies weren't life threatening until the day they were. I've always been told that past reactions don't predict future reactions. Back when Jazlyn was diagnosed 8 1/2 years ago, food allergies weren't as prevalent as they are now. She was diagnosed with severe asthma and eczema. She was given breathing treatments and lots of steroid creams. One day she had a severe reaction and they couldn't get her oxygen levels to rise with breathing treatments. That's when they tested her for food allergies. Originally she came back as allergic to the top 8. Eventually she had 30 foods she was allergic to. Luckily she has outgrown all but egg, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, some fish and kiwi.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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  45. Hi all the way from Australia! I just wanted to say I am so glad I found your blog. Recently my 7 month old daughter was tested and came back allergic to egg and dairy. I am breasfeeding her and as she has been having a lot of trouble with eczema the doctors recommended I eliminate dairy and egg from my diet. After only a week and a half her skin is starting to look a bit better. At first I wasn't too sure what I was going to eat (and also in the future what I could feed my daughter) but your blog has given me so much inspiration and I have already made a few of your recipes. My husband has told me now not to buy any store bought muesli bars any more he prefers your chewy granola bars!!! So I just wanted to say thank you for blogging and posting all of these wonderful recipes.

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  46. Thank you for sharing Kate. Jazlyn thinks that it's cool that you are all the way in Australia. I'm glad your daughter's skin is starting to heal. It seems so overwhelming at first, but it does get easier. If your husband likes the granola bars, I also recommend trying the Family Favorite Granola Bars and Candy Bar Granola Bars. Even my picky husband will eat both of them.

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    1. Thanks Lori I will give those a try. Hope you and your family are having a nice day.

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  47. Thank you SO much for sharing all of your wonderful recipes! I am so thankful to have found your blog! I am a homeschooling mom to 3 children. I breastfeed my youngest who is 5 months. He has not been diagnosed with any allergies yet (too young for testing); however, his little belly is always upset. I've cut all milk, eggs, and peanuts from my diet which seems to be helping some. I was just getting VERY frustrated feeling like I couldn't eat anything. I would fix my family meals and not eat much of anything myself...or have to fix something completely different for me. Now I feel like your blog is a whole cookbook of recipes that we can all eat! We've already tried two... the Shepard's pie and the chicken and rice. Both were a big hit and we're going to try a few more this week. I don't think I'll have to look anywhere else. Hopefully, all will turn out well and he will have no allergies. But, if he does, I now have some hope that I can still fix things that we can all enjoy. THANK YOU!

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  48. Welcome Mandy. I hope your little guy feels better soon. I remember when Jazlyn was first diagnosed, feeling like there was nothing she could eat that would taste good or be good for her. I'm glad my recipes can help your family.

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  49. Lori,
    Thank you for this blog! I also have a daughter, age 3, who has dairy and egg allergies. I have been looking for some snacks she can eat at her preschool and your list was extremely helpful! I look forward to testing out all of your fabulous recipes. It is nice to see I am not the "only" mom out there dealing with the daily struggles of food allergies.

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  50. Hello,

    My daughter is allergic to 15 known foods, 3 of which she shares with your daughter. Our daughter is currently placed in a milk & nut-free classroom & her teacher distributed a copy of your safe foods list for the parents of our daughter's classmates. However, her teacher did not state the very important disclaimer of ALWAYS checking ingredients EVERY time you purchase an item regardless (& I know you did/do). I was wondering when you created this list as well as whether you do any updating to this list & if so, when was the last time you updated? Thanks so much!

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  51. Kristin - I try to update the list as soon as I realize something is unsafe. Just make sure that every label is read every time. I found two foods recently that used to be safe that are now not. However, they weren't on this snack list.

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  52. Hello , I am the mother of a 14 month girl who is severely allergic to eggs & nuts. Needless to say I'm going crazy trying to find things to feed her. This is so overwhelming. She is so tired of veggies & fruit. I just wanted to say thank you for the information. I'm excited to try the recipes & the fact they are fairly simple makes it better! Could you recommend a pasta & bread that is egg & nut free . Thanks Christy

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  53. Christy, I know it is so overwhelming at first. Trust me, it does get easier.

    Their are quite a few safe breads on the market. The ones I usually use are Sunbeam, Sara Lee (soft white wheat is what I think the one we like is called), Giant Food Stores brand bread and Weis Markets brand bread. One bread I don't trust is the Wal-Mart brand bread because it used to have a processed near statement but now it doesn't. I avoid it just to be on the safe side. I can't think of the rest of names off the top of my head right now.

    I couldn't find a noodle that was 100% safe that wasn't gluten free. I do not feed Jazlyn any foods that are have a processed near or may contain statement. Jazlyn's allergist said that I could try calling around to reputable companies and see if there was one I would feel safe with. The noodles I use are Barilla. They have a processed near egg statement on them, but after speaking to the company about their good manufacturing practices, I trusted them. She has been using them for about 8 years and has never had a reaction to the Barilla pasta.

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  54. my son is allergic to eggs and dairy. This is all new so I do as much as I can for research because we are still having effects of the allergens until his system is clear of these foods. I saw you stated the bakers semi sweet chocolate chunks are safe. It does say it contains chocolate as an ingredient? That was on our list to strictly avoid. So was this an item you researched fully and was assured it was dairy and egg free? I am so worried about him going back to the hospital. His entire body swelled up before anyone could figure out what it was... He is 19 months old and I dont ever want him to have to go through that again. He is still having other symptoms of the allergies. I had been using garlic salt for flavor on some of his meat. Come to find out it has dairy in it...ugh...I am at a loss as to what to feed him or give him for snacks.... I dont want to feed him something that could hurt him...

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  55. Chris - I know it's scary entering into this allergy world. Back when Jazlyn was diagnosed (9 years ago), we didn't have a computer and there wasn't a labeling law, which made everything much more difficult. I was so worried to feed Jazlyn anything and had no clue how to make anything without eggs and dairy (and back then she had over 28 foods she was allergic to that we figured out over time). Trust me, it does get easier once you find what is safe and what is not and learn how to cook and bake in this new way.

    Remember to read every label every time because they can and do change. The items listed on my snack list were safe the last time I purchased them.

    The stores in my area stopped selling the Baker's semi-sweet chocolate chips so we've been using Enjoy Life Foods chocolate chips. Enjoy Life Foods is top 8 free and their chocolate chips are very good.

    I use Spice Classics garlic salt. It only contains salt, garlic, calcium silicate and garlic oil.

    One thing to remember is that the labeling law requires companies to label for the top 8 foods (egg, dairy, peanut, tree nut, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat). However, they are NOT required to label for "may contain" or "processed near". If I'm ever in doubt, I contact the company. If I'm not satisfied with their answer or can't get an answer, I don't allow Jazlyn to eat it. Better safe than sorry.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

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  56. Thank you so much for all the information. I live in a very small town and I am 45 minutes away from any store that carries anything that is a speciality food so I am trying to compile a list of basics I need to get through a normal day of meals. I do have 3 other children and a hungry husband.. we are all dedicated to eating what followes Zans allergy free diet. we eat alot of casseroles and meals that are healthy and filling and that are cost conscious. I am searching your blog for all and any recipes that the family will eat.(they really arent picky eaters thank goodness) For someone in my present shoes I am trying to take it all in and work with what I have and your blog has been the only place so far where I have felt that there alternatives to the normal meal ideas that are not out of my reach with ingredients and budget. You dont know how much that means to our family. So thank you for sharing what you know and have experienced. It does give me hope that I can give my little guy a normal meal or snack without making him feel seperate from everyone. Thank you.





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  57. What kind of gravy, chicken and beef broth, beef and chicken cubes, and bouillon cubes do you use. Everything I am finding has either caramel color, natural and or artificial flavorings. The labeling doesnt state milk or egg as an ingredient and yet the doctor said that these ingredients could still contain either egg or milk protein. They can be in such small quantities that they dont have to list it apparently. These are all on the list of ingredients that he cant have. So I was wondering if there was a particual brand that works for your daughter? I will be getting barilla pasta though because the off brand doesnt list egg or milk protein and yet Zan still had a nasty reaction. So it is great that I can try that brand (reading the labels of course) and feel more confident that he wont have a reaction. I do hate to ask so many questions of you and I do hope it doesnt take up too much of your time.

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  58. Chris - this is why I started the blog. I want to help families navigate through these allergies and be able to feed their families food that still taste good.

    As I understand it, the labeling law has to label for any of the top 8 allergens even in the most minute quantities. The only thing they don't have to label for is cross-contamination.

    I use Campbell's and Weis Quality pork, turkey and beef gravy. (The chicken gravy contains dairy.) I use Weis Quality beef and chicken bouillion cubes to make my broth. I know there is safe boxed versions of broth out there, but I'm not sure the brands right now because I prefer just to make my own. Also, keep in mind that the Barilla pasta does have a processed near egg statement on their box. With permission from Jazlyn's allergist, we tried it and have been using it exclusively for many years.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions, that's why I'm here.

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  59. Can you tell me what brands of gravies that you've found to be safe? I looked at my local supermarket for a chicken gravy and couldn't really find one.

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  60. Viv, I haven't found a safe chicken gravy. Instead, I use turkey gravy. I've found many of the store brands and Campbell's gravy in the beef, pork and turkey flavors are egg, dairy and nut free.

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  61. Thank you for this blog. I wish that I had discovered it sooner. My son is allergic to milk, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, and sunflowers. I will definitely be trying out many of the recipes

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  62. Hi there! I'm so glad I found your blog! My son is in a nut-free class in his pre-school. Although he isnt the one allergic there are quite a few things I cannot send in for him or his classmates (when they have a party) to eat.

    My son does love to eat corndogs and pigs-in-a-blanket, so I have a question about the recipe. What do you mean when you say "safe" refrigerated tube dough and hotdogs? Does the dough and dogs have dairy-free or something on the label?

    Thanks for your blog and your time!

    Kim

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  63. Kim, I love to hear about moms who care about our food allergy kids. By safe, I mean many of the refrigerated dough and hot dogs either contain egg or dairy or are processed on the same equipment. If you are only avoiding nuts, you should be fine with most of the store bought variety. Just read the label and see if the dough has a may contain nuts or processed near nuts statement on the label, usually right under the label.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions.

    Lori

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  64. Hi! I have a blog at http://allergy-warriors.com and would love it if you would do a guest post of a great recipe sometime of a allergen free dinner recipe maybe? Oh by the way, I followed you too, so now you are up to 100! Congrats. It's always neat to hit milestones!

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  65. I would love to do a guest post. I've never done one before, so just tell me what I need to do.

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  66. OMG this is a great blog!! I'm 27 years old and just found out that I'm allergic to milk and eggs and that they are the possible cause to my last 14 years of migraines! I'll be following you and using all of your food suggestions. Completely changing my diet after this long seems IMPOSSIBLE but you give me hope that I can still eat normal things!!

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  67. I'm glad you found us. The recipes listed on here are amazing, food allergies or not. I'm sorry to hear about your new allergies, but now that you know about them, your health should improve drastically. I know it seems overwhelming at first, but it is completely possible to eat your favorite foods, once you figure out how to make them safely. If you have any questions or if you are looking for a specific recipe, please let me know.

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  68. Hi Lori- I had food allergies as a kid, built up a tolerance over years, at 32 I recently gave birth to a beautiful milk allergic daughter and all my food allergies came back with a vengeance so I can relate. Just wanted to share a fabulous find for baking cakes: natures jam.com. All it is, is dried fruit puréed super smooth. I've baked adding it and some water to cake mixes instead of eggs & milk. So yummy! And safe! Love your blog!

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  69. Congratulations on your new daughter! I'll check out their website, I've never heard of it before. I haven't ever used the boxed cake mixes for Jazlyn because of cross contamination issues.

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  70. Lori,
    I just stumbled across your blog this afternoon. Both of my boys also have anaphylactic food allergies to eggs, all dairy, peanuts and tree nuts. It's refreshing to find a site out there that caters to our dietary concerns. We've been living dairy, egg, and nut free now for almost 5 years and I've compiled my own recipe list of over 80 recipes...lots of trial and error as you know. Thank you for this wonderful blog and resource!

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  71. I'm glad you found our blog. It has been a great way for Jazlyn to see a purpose for her food allergies. She loves knowing that she is helping people because of them. Since you've been dealing with them for so long, I bet you are a pro. However, if you have any questions, please let me know.

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  72. Hi,

    My name is Katie Fawkes and I'm the marketing manager at Fair Winds Press. We just released a new edition of our bestselling peanut allergy book and I would love to send you a review copy. Can you email me at kfawkes@quaysidepub.com if you're interested?

    Thank you!
    Katie

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  73. do you have a Facebook page where we can follow you too?
    i just found out about your blog and i'm in love

    my boyfriend has 2 kids one with several allergies and the other one with food intolerance to egg and dairy, plus we the adults lactose intolerant. his kid loves that i will turn any regular meal or treat into something safe for him to eat.

    thank you for your blog

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    1. Elizabeth, I'm probably one of the few people not on Facebook. I'm glad you can find some recipes that work for your family.

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  74. Your recipes are fantastic. We are just starting this journey with food allergies, and it's wonderful to know that we're not alone. Thank you!

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    1. I remember how hard the food allergies seemed when we first found out. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

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  75. Really this blog very nice and it's very delicious and I loved it.
    Khakhra Flavor

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  76. This blog is awesome! My 19mo is allergic to egg and all nuts (tree and peanuts) so it has been ver y hard finding foods for her. And has also put me to having panic attacks every time I feed her something new just waiting for a reaction. I have been trying the safe foods on your list and SO FAR it has been working out. So happy to see her eating sonething other than sweet potatoes sqaush and apples.
    I have been wanting to try a bread but I was told breads do I egg white wash over the top before baking??? Have you found a bread safe for your girl?

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  77. I know exactly how you feel Kristy. Even to this day I get a little worried trying something new. Remember to always read labels because they can and do change. Because of the labeling laws, the companies must label for the top 8 allergens. However, they are not required to label for the processed near or on the same equipment as. If in doubt, I call or email the company.

    I have found many safe breads. Off the top of my head, I know we use Sara Lee (soft white wheat is our favorite), Sunbeam, Weis Markets generic, and Giant Foods generic. Read the labels and call the company if you question anything. It is much better to be safe than sorry.

    Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions.

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  78. Hi Lori,

    My 2.5 year old son is allergic to dairy. I was shocked to learn that the Affordable Care Act does not cover epinephrine injectors, life-saving medication for people with food allergies. I wrote a petition on change.org asking the US Government to mandate that all insurance plans cover epinephrine injectors. Please take a look and consider signing and sharing this petition on your blog with your followers.

    Thanks!
    Lisa Kane

    Here's the link:
    http://www.change.org/petitions/president-of-the-united-states-include-epinephrine-injectors-as-covered-medication-in-the-affordable-care-act?share_id=KtaGaXRmzV&utm_campaign=share_button_action_box&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition

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