I often think about how fortunate it is that our cooking and recipes haven't really changed much since the peanut allergy diagnosis. We just cook more from scratch and have to look a little harder for purely peanut-free and tree nut-free ingredients, like breadcrumbs. Many Food Allergy Buzz readers can attest to the fact that other allergies such as egg, milk, and wheat add extra challenges and creativity to old recipes and meals from life before the allergies. Take a look at some of the handiwork of food allergy bloggers focusing on cooking and recipes for multiple food allergies, like The Allergic Kid , Food Allergy Mama, Lisa Cooks, Shops and Dines Allergen Free or Mom's Food Allergy Diner. This is also true for those with celiac disease and need to avoid gluten--it's a whole new way of cooking and eating. By the way, if you haven't visited gluten-free girl, you really should at least once, even if you don't cook or eat gluten-free.
Have you ever thought it might be helpful to take a cooking class to address the challenges of cooking for a gluten-free diet? Chef Rebecca Reilly--author of Gluten-Free Baking --is the one the we see most often here in New England in connection with gluten-free cooking classes. She'll be teaching a Gluten Free Italian Baking class in Falmouth, Maine in mid-January, the second in a series sponsored by the Institute for Italian Studies in Portland, Maine. She also teaches gluten-free recreational cooking classes at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Cambridge, MA. If you don't live in the area, however, don't fret, Chef Rebecca was just in Texas last month and has speaking engagements around the U.S. throughout the year.
Now, I am wondering if there are classes out there for cooking with multiple food allergies. Anybody know of any? If you do, please send in a comment and share that info--that would be super!