2013-03-29 Fabulous Friday Finds

Tidal Pool in Hampton, New Hampshire
Tidal Pool in Hampton, New Hampshire

Last Friday of March.  Has it become a lamb?  Do we have sun and spring yet?

If it’s not sunny where you are, maybe you could use some sunshine spread?  I’m pretty sure I have everything I need to make this at any time.

Just in time for spring, Ford may be introducing a car designed for those with allergies — environmental and skin.  Would you buy a car like this?

The bad news for the soy allergic: there could be hidden soy in your food.

  • flavorings
  • vitamin E contains soy bean oil
  • hydrolyzed plant protein
  • hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • natural flavoring
  • vegetable broth
  • vegetable gum
  • vegetable starch

To avoid soy and soy products:

  • Contact the manufacture to identify the natural flavorings in foods. Ask if they use soy as a carrier protein for the natural flavoring.
  • Flavorings may be soy based.
  • Hydrolyzed plant and hydrolyzed vegetable protein in the US are likely to be soy.
  • Vitamin E contains soy bean oil.
  • Contact the company to identify vegetable broth, gums, and starches, as they have the potential to be soy.

As with all other allergens, many sources of soy are actually called soy, so they are easy to identify.  Wonderful to know how many are not, right?  Honestly, a lot of the time I find it easier to avoid products with questionable ingredients than to do the advocacy required to check with companies and double-check.  I know advocacy is part of the gig (not that we all asked for it!) and so is protecting your own health, but I can protect my own health by just not buying things, too.

Need blueberry muffins like I did last weekend?  Make some.

Asparagus season is coming, and it is SO GOOD roasted — I can’t wait to try this salad.

I’m posting THIS for Denise.  And anyone else who might need a DIY hot sauce. (Haha, I was going to post that too.  And I’m totally making it -D)

Since Easter makes me think of hard boiled eggs, and then by extrapolation deviled eggs, and I still miss deviled eggs, try this Devilish Potato recipe instead.

Also, since it got to the mid-40’s in New Hampshire this week and the snow is rapidly disappearing, I’m looking ahead to summery eats, and I want this Watermelon Lime sorbet in the worst way.  It’s practically everything free!  It’s just watermelon, lime, sugar and water.

And since I’ve been thinking about scalloped potatoes lately, check out this recipe for Scalloped Potatoes and Eggplant Bacon.  You can make it gluten free pretty easily by using gluten free bread crumbs and tamari instead of soy sauce for the eggplant bacon. Or, try it with real bacon, if you’re not vegan or vegetarian.  I think this would be a good recipe to play with my Pampered Chef mandoline, if I can manage not cause major injuries.

Hope you all have a great week! Let us know if you find fun and cool stuff.


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