Thursday, March 29, 2012

Recipe for the Week - Gingersnaps

For those who like old fashioned cookies, you will like this week's recipe - Gingersnaps.  Also, check my post of March 25th on this page for a preservative and garlic free ketchup. 

Don't forget to check out the coupons posted this week on my web page, to see if there is any that can be used for the ingredients.
  • For Coupons.com - Click - HERE     
  • For RedPlum - Click HERE 
  • For Coupon Network.com - Click HERE
  • For CellFire - Click HERE
  • For SavingStar eGrocery Coupons - Click HERE
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Enjoy!

Helen

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ketchup with out preservatives and garlic - Confessions of a Food Alergic Person

Ketchup Squeeze Bottle - Royalty Free Clipart Picture

Dear Readers:

Last week I mentioned in one of my posts that I have been recently diagnosed with several food allergies - one of which is garlic.  I didn't realize how many foods contain garlic until I couldn't eat it any more.  Things like mayonnaise, ketchup, Worcestershire, canned soups, canned vegetables, steak sauce, salad dressings, and so forth.  

This week I made garlic free ketchup, which I will have to 'tweak' some more.  Here is the basic recipe;
  • Two 15 oz cans of tomato puree (check the label to be sure it is just tomatoes)
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup vinegar 
  • 1 cup water (preferable filtered or bottled)
  • 1/16 teaspoon each cayenne (red pepper), celery salt, dry mustard
Peel and quarter the onion, and put all of the above ingredients in a blender and beat well.  Add to a large sauce pan.
  • 1/16 teaspoon each allspice, cloves, ginger, and cinnamon
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Pepper to taste
Add the above to the mixture in the sauce pan.  Mix well.  Simmer on low heat,  uncovered for about an hour.  This should give you about four cups of ketchup.  

The first time I made this I found the 1/2 cup of vinegar too strong and only used about 1/2 teaspoon salt.  The next time I will cut back on the vinegar and increase the salt (as indicated in the above recipe). 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Recipe for the Week - French Toast

Breakfast is my absolutely my favorite meal, but after awhile I get tired of just plain old bacon and eggs.  This week my recipe is for French Toast.  Love to serve it with fresh fruit.  
 
Don't forget to check out the coupons posted this week on my web page, to see if there is any that can be used for the ingredients.
  • For Coupons.com - Click - HERE         
  • For RedPlum - Click HERE 
  • For Coupon Network.com - Click HERE
  • For CellFire - Click HERE
  • For SavingStar eGrocery Coupons - Click HERE
For those new to my web, this recipe page can be found by clicking on the words 'Current Recipes' in the upper left hand corner of the page.  To find older recipes, click on the words 'Archived Recipes'.

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Enjoy!

Helen

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Homemade Mayonnaise- the quest for preservative free foods

This past Thursday, March 15th, I posted on my Current Recipe Page a recipe for Egg Yolk Mayonnaise.  Now, the last time I made mayonnaise was when I took home economics in high school, and I won't say how long ago that was!  However, today I made the mayonnaise. WOW, it tastes great!  What is really wonderful is that it doesn't have all the other junk that is in today's store bought mayonnaise.  

My next search is a recipe for ketchup (catsup).  Since I have an allergy to garlic, and the fact that I consider ketchup a basic food group, I have to find one without the garlic.  Once again I will go back to the old cookbooks and should be able to modify accordingly.  I'll keep you posted.  

If you have any allergy issues, I am recommending that you get back to the basics of cooking.  You eliminate all the preservatives, the soy bean products, wheat, etc.  I have long said, the food processing industries and the people who bury us are in cahoots to have us 'pickled' before we die. 

Good Eating!

Helen

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Recipe for the Week - Egg Yolk Mayonnaise

The recipe this week is for all of those people with food allergies.  Recently diagnosed with several, one being garlic, I've been looking for a mayonnaise recipe.  I finally found one in an old cookbook.  You know the kind I mean, the ones that use real ingredients...not soybeans or 'natural flavorings'.  
  
Don't forget to check out the coupons posted this week on my web page, to see if there is any that can be used for the ingredients.
  • For Coupons.com - Click - HERE         
  • For RedPlum - Click HERE 
  • For Coupon Network.com - Click HERE
  • For CellFire - Click HERE
  • For SavingStar eGrocery Coupons - Click HERE
For those new to my web, this recipe page can be found by clicking on the words 'Current Recipes' in the upper left hand corner of the page.  To find older recipes, click on the words 'Archived Recipes'.

If you would like to receive a weekly email from me when I post a recipe, notify me at hjcouponlady30@gmail.com and I will place you on my list.  As stated in my privacy policy, I do not share email information with other parties. 

Enjoy!

Helen

Monday, March 12, 2012

Confessions of a Food Allergic Person

Dear Readers:

A little more than a week ago, I learned that I had several food allergies.  Many of these were a #1 on a scale of 1 to 4, which meant I could have them on occasion.  There were fruits, vegetables, and surprisingly even though there was a reaction to wheat, oats, and rice, I did not have any reaction to gluten - go figure!  

Among the fruits were apples, bananas, cranberries (you've got to be kidding, cranberries!), and pineapple.  I have learned that in many cases if you eat these cooked, which kills the protein in them that I am really allergic to, there should not be problem.  

However, the strongest reaction with all the pretty little red lines and marks was to buckwheat.  At first I thought, 'I don't eat buckwheat'...and then the light bulb went on...'you have buckwheat pillows on your bed'.  That certainly explained why I would wake up in the morning and felt like an elephant had slept on my chest - cough, congestion, and wheezing, all of which would go away as the day progressed.  I kept thinking I has some upper respiratory issue that I couldn't get rid of even after a round of antibiotics.  Needless to say, the pillows left the bed, left the bedroom, and left the house!  It was amazing how much better I felt the next morning. 

Now I was on the hunt to find those products that didn't have wheat and oats, of which there are many.  But, guess what, a large percentage of those products have BUCKWHEAT as a substitute!  Next plan...I have decided that since my reaction to wheat if very low, I will on occasion have a thin slice bread to make a sandwich, and I seem to doing okay with that plan. 

Next culprit on the list, at number 3, is garlic, but that is a tale for later in the week. 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Recipe for the Week - Carrot Cake Bars

Okay, so you don't like carrots!  Neither do I, but this recipe is one way to eat them and love them.  I've included the Cream Cheese frosting to go with them. 

Don't forget to check out the coupons posted this week on my web page, to see if there is any that can be used for the ingredients.
  • For Coupons.com - Click - HERE         
  • For RedPlum - Click HERE 
  • For Coupon Network.com - Click HERE
  • For CellFire - Click HERE
  • For SavingStar eGrocery Coupons - Click HERE
For those new to my web, this recipe page can be found by clicking on the words 'Current Recipes' in the upper left hand corner of the page.  To find older recipes, click on the words 'Archived Recipes'.

If you would like to receive a weekly email from me when I post a recipe, notify me at hjcouponlady30@gmail.com and I will place you on my list.  As stated in my privacy policy, I do not share email information with other parties. 

Enjoy!

Helen

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Recipe for the Week - Chocolate Cupcakes

Once again this is a recipe that my grandmother often made - Chocolate Cupcakes.  It was one of my favorites, something I could quickly grab and run out of the house with to go play.

Don't forget to check out the coupons posted this week on my web page, to see if there is any that can be used for the ingredients.
  • For Coupons.com - Click - HERE         
  • For RedPlum - Click HERE 
  • For Coupon Network.com - Click HERE
  • For CellFire - Click HERE
  • For SavingStar eGrocery Coupons - Click HERE
For those new to my web, this recipe page can be found by clicking on the words 'Current Recipes' in the upper left hand corner of the page.  To find older recipes, click on the words 'Archived Recipes'.

If you would like to receive a weekly email from me when I post a recipe, notify me at hjcouponlady30@gmail.com and I will place you on my list.  As stated in my privacy policy, I do not share email information with other parties. 

Enjoy!


Helen