Allergy-free Peach Cobbler

It's peach season!  My local Whole Foods and farmers' markets are bursting with fresh peaches. While fresh, sliced peaches are a delicious treat, who doesn't love a homemade peach cobbler?  Even better - an easy peach cobbler!  This allergy-free version requires very few ingredients or work and can be whipped up for your family or guests in no time.

Review: 'Food Should Taste Good' Brown Rice Crackers

Food Should Taste Good (FSTG) is a innovative snack company that makes great tasting products with real ingredients. Recently I received some boxes of 'Food Should Taste Good' new Brown Rice Crackers to try out.  These crackers are 'top 8' free (except for one flavor that contains soy sauce). They come in 4 flavors: Peppercorn Blend, Tomato Basil, Roasted Red Pepper, and Sea Salt.  

Smoky Pork Carnitas

Crockpot meals are handy any time of year, but the trick in the summer is to choose a meal that fits with the season.  Soups and stews are just not appealing when the weather is hot. Pulled pork fits the bill perfectly.  It's a versatile meal that can be served lots of different ways.  It can be served with sauerkraut, with pickles/onions and chipotle mayo, or in a tortilla with some yummy toppings like shredded cabbage, cilantro, and avocado.

Grandma's Paleo Spaghetti Soup

Well, apparently the entire country except for New Mexico is crippled by winter weather.  Don't get me wrong, it's chilly here but we'd like to get a good dose of the snow that seems to be falling everywhere else.  Snow or not, chilly weather is soup weather!  I thought I would share with you a yummy, hearty, satisfying soup I created the other day.  It was a big hit with the whole family.  My kids thought it reminded them of their grandma's spaghetti, so I'm calling it 'Grandma's Paleo Spaghetti Soup.' It's full of vegetables and delicious protein.

Best of 2013

First of all, let me say thank you to my readers and supporters of my blog.  I truly enjoy creating and sharing allergy-free recipes with you!  After looking back over the year, I thought I would share with you my 'Top 5' recipes from 2013.

Vegan Salted Caramel Corn

Do you have lots of people at your house during the Holidays?  How about anyone with a dairy or nut allergy?  Here is a delicious recipe for a dairy-free, nut-free caramel popcorn that will keep everyone happy.

Allergy-free Candy Cane Cookies

Recently, I came across a yummy-looking recipe for peppermint cookies on a friend's blog, and they looked like a perfect recipe to adapt to be allergy-free.  My husband is particularly fond of cookies with crushed candy canes on top.  This simple recipe can be a fun one to make with the kids, who can enjoy smashing candy canes, rolling cookie dough balls, and sprinkling crushed candy canes on top of the cookies.

Sweet Debbie's 'Fudgy Fig-A-Mama-Jig Bars', Cookbook Review and Giveaway

Recipe Reprinted from SWEET DEBBIE’S ORGANIC TREATS by Debbie Adler. Published by Harlequin. Copyright Debbie Adler 2013

Recently, I got my hands on a new cookbook for allergy-free and vegan baking, 'Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats: Allergy-Free and Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery' created by Debbie Adler, owner of Sweet Debbie's Organic Cupcakes in Los Angeles.  Not only is it a beautiful cookbook, but it is full of unique,  allergen-free, refined sugar-free treats that look delicious!

Debbie even manages to include nutrition-packed ingredients like turmeric powder,  mesquite powder, and even parsnips in some of her creations! As I started eagerly exploring all of the creative, recipes such as 'Blondies with Roots,' 'Quinoa Cranberry Cookies,' and 'Saffron and Cardamom Donut Holes,' one recipe caught my eye: her Fudgy Fig-A-Mama-Jig Bars. I thought I would give them a try.

Allergen-free Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving can be challenging for those with food allergies. Of course, the main dish is typically allergen-free, but the appetizers, sides and treats usually are not. As you plan your family gathering this week, I thought I would share with you some of my recipes to help make your feast a food allergy-friendly one.

Gimbal's Fine Candies Review and Giveaway

Move over, Jelly Belly - there's a new allergen-free jellybean in town: Gimbal's Fine Candies!  Actually, Gimbal's has been around since 1898, but what makes them stand apart is the fact that they are allergen-free: their candy is peanut-free, tree nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and egg-free! All of their packages contain the following label:

 Not only does Gimbal's make amazing jellybeans, but they also make gourmet sour, cherry, cinnamon, and licorice candies. All of them are made with real fruit juice or natural extracts. Their gourmet jellybeans include 41 individual flavors. Recently, I got my hands on a package of their jellybean Harvest Mix, which is a seasonal combination of 7 of the Fall flavors.

The Harvest Mix flavors include Roasted Marshmallow, Harvest Spice, Peach Cobbler, Goblin Punch, Red Delicious, Harvest Berry, and Pumpkin Pie.  

My daughter and I sampled all of the flavors, and I have to say they are all bursting with it!  Her favorite is the Harvest Berry (pink one) because it is, as she describes, 'very fruity.'  My favorite is the Red Delicious (red one).  I think it tastes just like biting into red delicious apple.  The only flavor we were not crazy about was the Pumpkin Pie, but that may be due to the fact that we prefer fruity rather than spicy flavors.  

I thought I would share a cute idea you could make with candies like these - Indian Corn decor!  These could be used for place cards or just for Fall/Thanksgiving decor.  I found the idea on Pinterest.  Check out how cute they turned out:

Now it's your turn to try some of Gimbal's Fine Candies! Enter the raffle below for your chance to win a full-size bag!  

**Update: 11/29: The winner of the Gimbal's candy is April Paik.  Congratulations, April!**

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