Category: Review

True Confessions: I Heart Hummus (a Lot)

Hummus is one of my favorite allergy free foods, which is why it only lasts two days in my fridge. It’s a great alternative to put on burgers or sandwiches instead of cheese or ketchup (which usually contains a lot of sugar). Maybe you have seen some of these popular brands of hummus: Most appetizers... Read more »

Happy Earth Day

I hope you are enjoying this 40th Earth Day. If you are spending it making some healthy food at home you may want to make sure you really wash those veggies well. Anaphylaxis doesn’t just occur when you have food allergies; I know this all too well. I lost the 2008 battle of Patricia v. a... Read more »

My Review of Organic Excellence Products

I could also title this blog How to Manage That F*$@ing PMS. You are probably wondering why a food allergy blog is taking on a product review of this nature. All these products are gluten free and like your mouth, your skin also “eats”. Some individuals with food allergies are also very sensitive to chemicals... Read more »

Evolve Kefir Comes to Chicago

Evolve is a “probiotic smoothie” from NYC based Mountainside Farms (New York’s premier dairy supplier, family-owned Mountainside Farms, ) and it’s now available at many Chicago Jewel stores.  Kefir means “feel good” in Turkish. Will you “feel good” drinking kefir? That depends. Kefir is not dairy free, but some individuals who do not experience anaphylaxis... Read more »

Dear Patricia: I Miss Bread

Dear Patricia:  I recently had my food allergies tested and I’m allergic to wheat. I love bread. I miss it so. I miss sandwiches, toast—–French toast, not to mention foods that you wouldn’t think have bread in them like meatloaf that’s coated with bread crumbs. What am I going to do now? Can you help... Read more »

True Confessions: I Have Vegan Envy (Part I)

I have dabbled in veganism many times, in many different ways: macrobiotics, raw foods, Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live diet, etc., etc. I love vegetables. I love vegans, as they are a likeable and passionate bunch. What I haven’t always loved is the taste of meat and how animals are treated. Check out this photo... Read more »

Food Fighters

I’m looking forward to tonight’s episode of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. In case you haven’t seen the show it’s based on Oliver’s belief that “every child in America has the right to fresh, nutritious school meals, and that every family deserves real, honest, wholesome food.” Oliver’s mision is to see if he can get American... Read more »

Some of My Favorite Trader Joe's Products

When it comes to Trader Joe’s I’m a Super Fan but I’ll have you know I restrain myself with wearing war paint when I shop. I love that I can buy high quality healthy food at reasonable prices. I often purchase nuts (one of the few allergies I don’t have), meats, fish, produce, supplements, wine,... Read more »

Play with Food: Mud Pies and More

Play with Food is my recap of news, events and helpful hints that I happened upon this week. First up, I want to mention that I had a ball on the radio last Saturday with the fabulous Bill Leff and Jenna Bell, the Right Around Chicago blogger. If you missed the original broadcast here’s the podcast. If... Read more »

Gene's Sausage Shop Finally Open

I live in Lincoln Square and I was so very sad when Meyer Deli closed. Even with my multiple food allergies I made good use of that store for things like pickled herring, red beet slaw and sauerkraut. I had mixed feelings about walking into the brand new Gene’s Sausage Shop on 4750 N Lincoln... Read more »