Allergy Shmallergy

Simplifying life for families with food allergies.

Costco’s Getting More Allergy-Friendly September 25, 2012

Need a safe snack to send to school?  Have a class party, soccer team to feed, play group snack to contribute to?  Check out what I found during one recent trip to our local Costco!    Has anyone tried these products?    I can only vouch for the School Safe Banana Chocolate Chip bread snacks which are delicious and perfect for school lunches/snacks.  They are nut-free and freezable (bonus for shelf life!).  My son loved the bread, so naturally I’m curious how the other snacks taste.


Note:  The popcorn was gluten-free but made in a facility with nuts.



FAAN’s Food Allergy Walks – And, Yes, They’re Near You! September 19, 2012

2012 Walk Logo

Hey guys!  Just wanted to remind everyone that FAAN’s Walks for Food Allergy are taking place all over the country right now.  They are intended to raise money and awareness for food allergy research and programming.  I also think there’s great value in showing food allergic kids just how many families in their community deal with this increasingly prevalent issue.  Giving kids a sense of commonality with their peers in this way may be very eye-opening.  And, walking to help find answers for an issue they likely face several times a day is empowering to food allergic kids who may sometimes feel helpless to their allergy or allergies.


This weekend (Sept. 22- 23, 2012), there are walks in:

  • Northern Virginia
  • Austin, Texas
  • Lansing, Michigan
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Columbus, Ohio

….and many more locations with dates upcoming.  Check out FAAN’s Walk Page for more information.


I’m off to grab my sneakers.  Hope to see you on the walk!

Join Us at a 2012 Walk


Apple Crisp for a Sweet New Year September 14, 2012

Rosh Hashanah is right around the corner.  And, if you’re like me, you’re probably looking for something to make or bring to a dish for a traditional dinner.  I always volunteer to bring a dish for the course that is most difficult for my son to safely eat.  For us, that’s usually dessert.


Since apples are a symbolic part of this Jewish holiday, representing the wish for a sweet new year, I’ve decided to make a simple apple crisp.  It’s easy to prepare, very popular, and allergy-free.


Allergy-Free Apple Crisp

  • 10 cups all-purpose baking apples (such as Granny Smith, if you use a sweeter apple reduce sugar as appropriate), peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 ground nutmeg (note:  happily, nutmeg is not a nut!)
  • 1/4 cup water


  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup dairy-free butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degree C).  Slice peeled apples using food processor to speed things up, but not too thin or your apples will end up as apple sauce!  Place the sliced apples in a 9×13 inch pan. Mix the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon and nutmeg together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly over all.  Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.  Bake at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes.


Serve with dairy-free vanilla ice cream (Tofutti makes a good one) and enjoy.  Serves 12.

L’shana tova!