Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

May the year bring good things to all: happiness, health, wonder, and joy.
Achievement, and solitude; music and travel, and family, friends and pets.
Peacefulness and peace across our nation and world.
Ring in 2016!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Holidays, Celebrations, Food Allergies

I used to fret abut what to make for the holidays.  I'm italian and growing up we had Chriatmas Eve feasts with way more than seven fishes. And it was glorious-- company, singing, and lots of washing up. I transferred the tradition to my home, though not as elaborate ( my mom was a wonderful cook) but there was still company and fishes. 
  Then, I decided I didn't want to follow my Italian roots in a way my son-- and thereby my husband and I-- couldn't fully enjoy. 
   So I started making a roast-- sometimes leg of lamb, sometimes pot roast. Christmas Day traditionally we have a turkey -- easy and good for picking on that loose Christmastime schedule. 
  Do I feel badly about the shift-- no! I do occasionally miss fried smelts and the 
Taste of crab sauce. I won't lie. But I also occasionally miss being 21.  
 The parts of my Christmas tradition that stay the same-- company, laughter, good food, family-- are the important memories. And, 
     Now... I started making slow cooked pork shoulder... And a new tradition was born. 
Not only does a pork roast taste delicious as we pull slices from the bone-- not only does it taste good--it smells wonderful wafting through the house with the scent of pine. 
 Happy Merry everyone! Enjoy your family and friends and the traditions that you are newly making and remember it's not what's on the table, but who's at the table that matters. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

College Cookbook has arrived

Yes! the cookbook is out. Self-published which had its ups and downs but I am happy with the result. 
  Thank you to all the early readers. Use the book and have fun cooking. 

College Cooking: Allergy-Free 
 25 Easy Recipes for students and new cooks 
 No Substitutions 
No Hard-to-Find Ingredients 
Milk Eggs Peanuts Tree Nuts Wheat Fish Soy Sesame

  Currently available   And Amazon. 
If anyone gets the book, I'd love to hear from you:
 Thanks so much--and through this book I found a new facebook group: Parents of 
High school and college kids. It's a group   who are working to keep their kids safe as they become independent and move to college and beyond. And these folks are sharing all the information-- a real database is forming. 
  Check out the cookbook too!