2014-01-10 Fabulous Friday Finds

Because we're longing for spring
Because we’re longing for spring

I don’t care where you live, but if you’re in the US, it’s been COLD this week. Even Hawaii was cold this week. So it seems right that I pass on 8 Soups to Warm Your Bones. Most of these are allergy-friendly, and I want to try the garlic ginger jook ASAP.

Do you have a New Year’s Day food tradition? I have to say, I don’t, though I’ve tried a few out over the years. Whether you think it’s “lucky” or not, beans and greens are a great tradition and combination, and Jonathan’s take looks quite lovely.

So I can’t find a link, but apparently if you’re in Detroit, Dunkin’ Donuts is trying out almond milk in their coffee drinks. I think this is both good and bad, but mostly good. The bad part is that if you have a nut allergy, it’s likely that DD just got a little less safe for you. But all the DD stores here in New Hampshire already have a card up front that warns you that they practice no cross-contamination prevention measures at all, and the nut and not-nut donuts are side-by-side, so I’m guessing that you’re not eating or drinking there if you have an anaphylactic nut allergy anyway. The good part of this news is that a) if DD is doing this, milk alternatives are becoming pretty mainstream, which is good for me (I am not allergic to almonds, though Denise is), and b) because of this potential to now directly cross-contaminate their coffee-making machinery (which, despite their name, is, I think, where the money is), they are teaching their employees food-safe allergy practices. Expanded options, expanded awareness. That’s why the uber-expanded sentence above is justified, right?

I had not heard of Dine Aware until An Allergic Foodie’s recent post, but I do wish this were more of “a thing.”

I (Denise) don’t have as much to add this week, because I have either bronchitis or pneumonia, and my asthma is kicking up to the point that I talked my way out of a hospitalization this afternoon (Thursday when I wrote this and can you imagine me trying to tell the hospital what I could eat that was corn-free??!!), and I’m fairly drugged up.

In any case, I found a site, South River Miso Company that sells different misos, made of things that are not soybeans.  I need to do more research to see if they’d be safe for me, but I though those of you with a soy issue (i.e. Mary Kate), might want to investigate further as well. (Yep, I’ve had the chickpea miso. It’s good, but it’s not quite like regular soy miso — not as smooth, and with a bean-y flavor. –MK)

Forks and Beans has a Cauliflower Tater Tot Recipe that looks good.  And since I have some cilantro (if it’s not already gotten past the point of no return) that I need to use up, here’s All Purpose Chimichurri-Esque Sauce that you can use with all kinds of herbs. 

Hope you all have a good week, and please send us cool stuff if you find it! 

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