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Eggs: I can cook with them, but I can’t eat them

 Conversation with some friends the other day about food brought up very good topic, food allergies and food bloggers. You see, I love my food blog, but there is one simple issue when it comes to cooking certain things. I’m allergic  to eggs. Yeah I know, a food blogger with a food allergy.  The conversation started when we were discussing pies and lemon meringue came up. See, I’ve never tried it because I can’t eat the meringue due to the egg whites. Then they mentioned eggs Benedict and french toast.  I can’t do either of those. But, thanks to my mama my french toast is brushed with butter instead of dipped in egg wash. This way I can enjoy breakfast with the rest of my family.
I'm a food blogger and I'm allergic to eggs

How is this even going to work?

Sometimes everyday eating gets tough. I can eat cake and cookies. But no breakfast burritos. It gets interesting going to breakfast and asking for a sandwich without the egg, or being out at a party and having to ask if the tuna, chicken or potato salad has eggs in it. In my family they just automatically make me my own serving. They even stopped putting eggs in the baked macaroni and cheese just for me. I appreciate that because it gives me one more item to enjoy.
I remember when I started this blog my family would always ask me how I was going to handle food preparation if I can’t even touch an egg yolk or the whites without breaking out in hives….Here’s how we found out I was allergic to eggs.
             As a toddler I did what most little girls do follow their mommy around the kitchen. Well I took it upon myself to go in the refrigerator and grab an egg. It cracked and for some reason I decided to play with the yolk. That resulted in me breaking out in hives and us ending our day at the emergency room. We later found out that if I eat eggs my throat will close up and I can’t breathe (a teacher in preschool forced me to eat the eggs after I told her I was allergic. She didn’t listen and the ambulance was called.)
 
I used to write a lot about recipes and making meals, but then I stopped, one of those reasons is because I have to wear gloves when I work with eggs or have soap and water ready immediately so I can wash my hands…I guess my dream of being on the food network may be over lol. But I’ve decided to try it again. So when the recipes start rolling in or you see videos you’ll know why I’m wearing gloves. I feel bad at times because there are foods I want to review and I literally can’t because they’ll make me sick. Thanks to a really awesome little sister, she said she’ll be my taste tester for those items I can’t eat.
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The Day Everything Changed

February is Heart Health Month and I usually don’t say much about it but I’ve been going through a lot lately and I feel like I need to speak up more often.

This is one of those stories that I haven’t talked about much on here. March 10, 2005 I was a senior in college attending Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC. I loved college, I was enjoying my time there, getting ready to graduate and really appreciated my HBCU experience. That day everything changed. I woke up that morning, extremely thirsty, grabbed the bottle of water from my night stand next to my bed. Tried to take a drink and ended up spilling it. I thought I was just being clumsy. (more…)


Taste Test Tuesday: Bountiful Beer Bread Mix

Bountiful Beer Bread Mix is Tastefully Simple’s number one product. We sell so much of this stuff that it is amazing. This is one of the products that truly is a staple in your house. All it takes is 12oz of a carbonated beverage, a little bit of butter (optional), and the Bountiful Beer Bread Mix.

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Kitchen Tip: Ice cube trays are not just for making ice

 

They come in plastic, metal, rubber and have a variety of colors and shapes. Ice cube trays are not just for making ice anymore. This tray will help you with your cooking needs. Check out some of these creative ideas.

ice cube tray
Herbs
– Mix fresh herbs in with water or stock to use later on soups, sauces, or sautees.

Stock – Fill stock in trays and use for sauces, soups, etc.

Coffee – Got milk? Add these cubes for iced coffee.

Lemons – Put them in juices and iced tea; instant Arnold Palmer.

Pesto – Freeze to use year-round

Caramelized Onions – Easy access for future dinners

Baby Food – Do you make your own? Or need space in the cabinet? Freeze and thaw when ready to enjoy. 4-6 months = 2 cubes; 6-9 months = 4 cubes; 9-12 months= 6 cubes 

Drinks – Freeze the actual drink and use them as cubes instead of water.

Tomato Paste – Use when a recipe calls for small portions (ex. 1 or 2 tsp.)

Egg Whites – Freeze for later use when a recipe only calls for the yolks.

Wine – Freeze and use in your next batch of spaghetti sauce or scampi.

Popsicles – Got juice? Make Popsicles with sticks.

Jell-O – Great idea for kids portion.

Dessert Buffet – Fill each compartment with sprinkles, nuts, candy, etc.

 

Now below are some non-cooking ideas for ice cube trays


Jewelry – Place small items in the compartments for safekeeping.

Screws & Bolts – Easy to find when you need to hang a picture on the wall.

Paint – Kids want to paint pictures? Add a different color to each section.

Vitamins & Pills – Separate your medicine for the week.

We hope you enjoyed these creative ways to use ice cube trays. Got any other ideas? Let us know!

 


Kitchen Tips Thursday: Cleaning with Lemons

Happy Thursday Everyone. Thank you so much for joining each week for Kitchen Tip Thursdays. This week   we are going to be doing some cleaning. Don’t worry we’re cleaning with lemons. We will feature ways to clean your kitchen with lemons and lemon juice.  (more…)