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New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

Are pure chocolate bars safe? If so, then three american bars that might be worth a look at include Amano, Solstice, and Ritual chocolates. Great stuff from the Intermountain West.

Jul 08, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

We haven't tried using the juice at all, even were I to carefully cut out the pulp and squeeze it. For fish we've been happy with either the honey, fruit, or apple cider vinegars. Same for salad. Sorry!

Jul 08, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

I should have responded to your helpful post earlier, it was great! And, yes, figuring out balsam free cosmetics and toiletries has been a huge help (and her doctor provided her with a list of approved products). I would strongly urge anyone with a B of P allergy to ask their doctor for such a list, and to take goodhealthgourmet's advice on that.

Jun 08, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

Below I posted a whole bunch of recipes. Good luck!

Jun 08, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

*Taco Night!*

My son's favorite, Taco Tuesday! Here's how we now do it.

BEFORE YOU COOK THE MEAT make a quick pickle for a condiment:
Cut a radish or two, half a cucumber and half a red/orange bell pepper into matchstick thin slices. Mix together and cover with apple cider vinegar, and let sit while you prepare the rest of the meal. At dinner time, this will be a nice acidic condiment for your taco. (You might need more than this, this is just enough for my wife and me!)

Taco Meat:

Ingredients:

• Canola (or other neutral) oil
• We use about 3/4 lbs of either ground turkey or ground bison (we live out west, so we can get this pretty easily).
• half a red onion, and half a red pepper. Both diced fine.
• A large leaf of kale, diced fine.
• Ancho chili powder, Chipotle chili powder, Cayenne Pepper, Smoked Paprika, Cumin, Thyme, Marash Pepper Flakes, Merken Mapuche Spice (a Peruvian spice someone gifted me), salt, and pepper.

Heat the oil in a cast iron pan. Sautee the red onion, red pepper, and kale. When the onion begins to turn translucent, add the spices (you'll have to experiment to see how much of each you like). When cooked thoroughly, remove from pan. Add the meat, breaking up into small bits. When all the meat is close to cooked, add spices to taste. When meat is cooked return the onion/pepper mix to pan and mix. Let saute over very low heat while you prepare taco condiments.

Taco condiments

• Sour Cream
• Fresh Avocado
• Shredded Cheese
• Chopped Radish
• Quick Pickle (see above).

Experiment. If you have other ideas please post them here! We've included a mango salsa (see the fish recipe I posted). Most importantly, if anyone knows of any hot sauces that are balsam approved let me know! (Is Tabasco sauce okay? That would be lovely.)

Jun 08, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

*Pickles*

I don't have many other sides or snacks to post, but boy did we miss pickles. I love pickles, but they are on the no go list (presumably because of the preservatives).

Luckily, I found a great site with tons of recipes for pickling vegetables:
http://foodinjars.com/recipe-index/

Here's one of my favorites, a quick dill pickle recipe. We love them! It should be balsam free; at least, I can't see any ingredients that would cause problems:
http://foodinjars.com/2011/06/urban-p...

We also really enjoyed this pickled radish recipe. You can use them as condiments on burgers! That's really nice, because we missed the acid from the ketchup we could no longer use:
http://www.seriouseats.com/2011/10/ho...

Jun 08, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

Sides & Snacks

Jun 08, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

*Chickpea Pasta*

This is adapted from a Fine Cooking recipe:
http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/pa...

This is delicious and easy! The original starts from a dried chickpea recipe, but uses bay leaves (which are not balsam approved). It’s easy to adapt, just leave out bay leaves. You'll also need to leave out the tomatoes. We replaced it with an extra quarter cup of the red and yellow peppers. It’s great!

Jun 08, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

*Big Salad Night*

Okay, you probably don't need a recipe for this, but it's worth posting to just help folks get ideas. To make it a main course, we always add a protein (most common: Garbanzo beans/chickpeas---especially if we've prepared them from dried beans).

Typical ingredients include Red Leaf Lettuce; Arugula; Mix of Red, Yellow, Orange, and/or Green Bell Peppers; Cucumber; Radishes; Carrots (shaved into long, curly strips with a vegetable peeler); Avocado; Fruit (favorites: Blueberries, pomegranate seeds, blackberries); Sunflower seeds; Bleu or Feta Cheese.

Dressing: Just a simple oil and vinegar. We use balsamic vinegar (which I think is okay), but you could use a nice fruit or honey vinegar instead.

Jun 08, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

*Sauteed Vegetable Pasta with Cannellini Beans*

Ingredients

• Baby zucchini, cut into ∼1-inch long pieces.
• 1 can cannellini beans
• 1 lb spaghetti
• Handful of kale, torn into large bite-size pieces
• Olive Oil
• Salt and Pepper

Instructions

• Heat water to a boil in a pasta pot, add pasta and cook to instruction.
• Heat olive oil in saute pan (I use a cast iron pan).
• Add zucchini to the hot oil, season with salt and pepper.
• Saute for a few minutes, until zucchini begins to brown.
• Add beans to zucchini, saute for a minute or so.
• Kale may either be added to the pasta for the last two minutes to wilt, or saute with the zucchini if you prefer a crisper kale (or add with beans). Depends on taste.
• Toss pasta with vegetables, serve with parmesan cheese.

Notes

• Adapted from Cooking Light Recipe:
http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/lingu...

Jun 08, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

Vegetarian Dishes

At first we started just eating more meat. We've gradually gotten back to vegetarian meals five days a week. Here's a few balsam free dishes we've enjoyed, including two with pasta (which my wife missed because all our dishes included tomatoes).

Jun 08, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

*Jamie Oliver's Butternut Squash Soup*

This is delicious and easy to make. Starting off the soup by sauteeing the sage in the oil is brilliant. We halve the recipe, but there are only three of us in the household. You'll need to use a homemade stock unless you've found a balsam approved store bought one.

Here's the link:
http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/ve...

Jun 08, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

*Udon Soup*

I love this recipe.

Ingredients
• Olive Oil
• Handful of Crimini mushrooms (or your favorite), sliced.
• 2 Scallions, diagonally sliced.
• Salt and pepper
• Homemade broth
• Udon noodles (or your own favorite)
• Handful of kale, shredded
• Snow peas
• Carrots, shaved into long strips with a vegetable peeler (my six-year old loves them this way)
• Dash of cider vinegar or white vinegar
• 1 egg per person
• Mung bean sprouts

Instructions

• Heat oil in medium size pot.
• Add sliced mushrooms and scallions, season with salt and pepper.
• Saute mushrooms until they begin browning, add small amount of broth (and/or water) and scrape the brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Add remaining broth.
• Bring broth to a boil. If using water (or broth/water mix) simmer for flavor (15-20 minutes).
• Bring back to a boil, and add udon noodles. Mine cook for 8 minutes.
• With 3 minutes left, add kale.
• With 2 minutes left, add snow peas and shaved carrots.
• After noodles are cooked, lower to a simmer. Add a dash or so of cider/white vinegar, crack an egg for each person into the soup, cover, and poach eggs for about 5 minutes (or until done).
• Serve immediately, by scooping one poached egg into each bowl, then covering with soup/noodles. Top with fresh mung bean sprouts.

This is a recipe to experiment with, adding your own favorites. You might try adding some fresh parsley or cilantro (yuck!) along with the mung beans.

Jun 08, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

*Sweet Potato Soup*

This is a sweet potato and apple soup from Real Simple that is very easy to make (great weeknight soup). You'll probably have to skip the nutmeg (I can't recall whether it's balsam approved, but we leave it out). Remember, you'll probably need to use a homemade stock, as I don't think any packaged stocks are balsam approved. Here's the link:
http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipe...

Jun 08, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

*Stocks*

• I haven’t found a stock I’m confident is balsam free. Many include bay or unspecified ‘spices’. Stocks are easy enough to make that I’ve just been doing it at home. And we like to make soup at least once a week, so it's been key to the diet to figure this out.

• We often roast a chicken on the weekend, and I can get two stocks out of this. I take the chicken carcass, toss it in a slow cooker with some chopped up onions (with skins), carrots, celery, parsley and mushrooms (saut ́eed if I’m feeling like I’ve got time), cover with water, and let it cook on high for about 8 hours. I then strain out the solids and I’ve got a chicken broth. I freeze a quart or so, and save the rest to use that week (I usually get about two and a half quarts).

• I also take the vegetables that roasted with the chicken and save those, along with some of the smaller chicken scraps and bones (e.g., the wing tips or gizzard, if they came with the chicken). I throw these into my slow cooker, maybe supplement it with some fresh parsley stems or other veggies if I think they might be needed, cover with water, and set it on high while I’m at work the next day. Strain solids and it’s a kind of chicken/veggie hybrid stock.

• Mark Bittman has some really nice vegetable stock recipes. My favorite is to heat some olive oil in a stock pot, and to let the veggies saute for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, before covering with water. He adds mushrooms, which I think add a nice depth of flavor. Here's the link:
http://markbittman.com/very-flavorful...

• This site had some good tips for making stocks too, though obviously leave out the tomatoes:
http://thestonesoup.com/blog/2010/05/...

Jun 08, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

Soups

Jun 08, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

*Roast Chicken*

• Adapted from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (and other cookbooks): http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/ch...
• I follow this recipe pretty straight, as it’s great. However, a balsam free recipe means we can’t put the lemon in the chicken (we used to add a lime too). Instead, I roughly cut up a Granny Smith apple and put that in the chicken. I actually like this better! Try it, it’s great!

Notes:

• I end up making two different stocks from this recipe (see post below), one using the chicken carcass, and one using the veggies that roasted with the chicken (unless I use it to make a gravy). I can't find any balsam-free stocks to purchase, so I take advantage of easy ways to make stock whenever possible.

Jun 08, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

*BBQ Chicken*

(Okay, I'm sure folks on this site know how to BBQ chicken. Still, I'm including this because we love it.)

• Heat grill to a medium heat, place chicken off-heat. The key to great BBQ chicken is to cook it slow and with indirect heat, otherwise it will dry out.
• Cook chicken off-heat for about 40 minutes. (This is for whole legs; thighs or legs on their own may take less time.)
• If chicken is almost cooked through, flip chicken, baste, cook five more minutes. Baste again, flip, baste, turn on direct heat, cook for 2-3 minutes.

Notes:

• Almost every BBQ sauce is out, but I found a good vinegar basting sauce recipe that I modified from Epicurious (from Bon Appetit): http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
• My modification: Instead of chili powder (by which I presume they mean some premixed blend, which might contain benzoate preservatives), I used single chili powders. I used a combination of Ancho Powder (smokey, mild) and chipotle powder (spicy). I also added a little bit of smoked paprika, thyme, and marash pepper flakes (sweeter than typical hot crushed red pepper flakes—the only place I know to get them is through Zingerman’s mail order). Clearly this is one you could really experiment and have fun with.

Jun 08, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

*Grilled Fish*

Ingredients:

• Fish filet (trout, salmon, arctic char, etc.)
• Olive oil
• Fruit vinegar or Honey vinegar or Cider vinegar
• Pepper
• Dried thyme
• Fresh mango
• Jicama
• Fresh parsley

Instructions
• Place fish skin side down on aluminum foil. Brush with olive oil, sprinkle on vinegar, pepper, and dried thyme. Let marinate while grill heats up (∼10 minutes).
• Place foil with fish on hot grill, cook until done.
• For mango salsa, dice mango and jicama, and mix with parsley (cilantro if you’re not me---I don't like cilantro).

Notes

• Etruria makes a line of really nice fruit vinegars that are balsam of peru safe.
http://chefshop.com/Etruria-Apricot-V...
• Adapted from AMA Hypertension cookbook.

Jun 08, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

First, meats and fish.

(And yes, many of these will be very, very easy.)

Jun 08, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

Well, it's been several months and we've been eating balsam free ever since. It took a little while to figure things out, but I can tell you that we've eaten very, very well. We always tried to avoid preprocessed and preprepared foods, and this pushed us even further to make everything from scratch.

I thought I'd post a follow up with some of our favorite recipes. Some will be linked to other sites, others what we've come up with, and a few in between. Where applicable I've included the source of the recipe. If others would like to add recipes to this list, I think that'd be great. I'm sure folks would appreciate this as a good resource as they build up their own balsam free menus.

Finally, most of these are pretty easy. Both my wife and I work full time professional jobs (i.e., our jobs continue at home), and finding time to cook from scratch can be difficult. Hopefully you'll find these can be done rather quickly, are healthy, and taste really great!

Jun 08, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

Oh, one more thing. Beer and gin are also on the no-fly list. Does anyone happen to know whether whiskey is okay on this diet? We definitely need a strong drink after learning all of this, and I hate to drink alone. ;)

Feb 03, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

I'll help get things started, too. Finding this out right before the super bowl threatened my guacamole. I wasn't going to let that happen! So I replaced the lime juice with pomegranate seeds and chopped granny smith apples. Turned out great! In addition to the acidic bite, it also added some nice texture and great color. I highly recommend.

Feb 03, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

New allergy, need help with recipes (Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru)

My wife was recently diagnosed with a number of food allergies. Not life-threatening, but the effects do seriously impact quality of life. We are hoping that the right diet will help.

Sadly, the allergy eliminates some of her favorite foods, and basically cover 75% of our go to dinners. So I look to you Chow Hounds for help! Any ideas for recipes given the following restrictions will be HUGELY appreciated. All the more so if they are good weekday meals, or something I can make over the weekend and then easily serve as leftovers. I would also welcome good websites or other resources for menus/recipes.

We limit meat to 2-3 times a week (red meat only once), so vegetarian meals are appreciated. We prefer lighter dishes, as opposed to heavier meals. Think `steak salad' rather than `grilled ribeye'. Aside from pork, we'll eat anything. I tend to cook largely from scratch, though do use canned tomatoes or stock-in-a-box. Turns out a lot of the allergens are used as preservatives, so we were on the right track with that one.

The entire list of foods is long, but here are the biggies:
-Tomatoes
-Citrus
-Chili? (unclear if chili powder or spicy peppers too?)
-Spiced Condiments
-Cinnamon
-Wine
-Pickled Foods
-Chocolate and Vanilla :(

The allergy is to Benzoic Acid, Cinnamates, and Balsam of Peru. Balsamic vinegar is okay though! Anyone have any experience with this, or any good ideas?

(I'm trying to cheer up my wife, so please don't elaborate on how much you'd regret having to give up any of these foods. Believe me, we know!)

Feb 03, 2014
Rambutan2000 in Special Diets

Looking for best island-mount range hood

Absolutely, I'll update with any relevant information. We're still deciding whether or not to go ahead with it. Putting on a new roof is expensive, and as much as I'd love to put a hood over my range, I'm not sure I can afford to do it now. Plus, I'm worried the install will be a little tricky; there is a recessed light that is above our range but off-center, and though our roofer could install the hood I'm not sure he can patch the drywall.

Anyways, that's irrelevant for the thread. If we install it I'll post a follow up on how well it works.

Jul 26, 2012
Rambutan2000 in Cookware

Looking for best island-mount range hood

We're in a similar situation (putting on a new roof and have a peninsula range with no hood) and lucked into a floor model Bosch that was on sale. Clean lines, and, I hope, as good quality as their dishwashers. It's stainless with a flat square glass bottom. I would prefer all stainless, but I think the styling on this looks sharp and, hopefully, will be unobtrusive:
http://www.bosch-home.com/us/products...

I don't really know about the quality of this product or how loud it is. Our Bosch dishwasher is great and pretty quiet, so I'm hoping the same will be true of the Bosch hood.

Jul 26, 2012
Rambutan2000 in Cookware

SLC and Park City

Oh yeah, one more: Em's, just north of the Temple downtown. I think it's one of the best in the city.

http://emsrestaurant.com/

Feb 11, 2010
Rambutan2000 in Mountain States

SLC and Park City

Forage is relatively new in town, and is great. Very creative, very interesting, sometimes challenging but a great meal and wonderful experience. Probably the only place in town where you might get a dish seasoned with olive dust (i.e., olives frozen in liquid nitrogen, then shattered and sprinkled on your food instead of salt - at least that's the best I can figure they do).

Downtown I'd go with Takashi's. Excellent sushi.

You might also consider Fresco Italian Cafe or the Paris Bistro in the 15th and 15th neighborhoods.

Feb 10, 2010
Rambutan2000 in Mountain States

Looking for a great meal in San Diego

Thanks! Those sound right up our alley. Especially the 'dirt cheap' part. :^)

May 06, 2009
Rambutan2000 in San Diego

Looking for a great meal in San Diego

Cool! I'll look into it!

May 06, 2009
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