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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
Rambutan2000 in San Diego

Looking for a great meal in San Diego

We are going to be staying in Little Italy, but will have a car. It would be nice to find a place relatively close, but that's not essential.

May 06, 2009
Rambutan2000 in San Diego

Looking for a great meal in San Diego

My wife and I are going to be in San Diego next week. We are traveling with our 2-year old son, and two friends of ours. Our friends will babysit our son for one night so my wife and I can go out. I thought I'd solicit suggestions on where we should go that night. We'd love to try something innovative and delicious, that we wouldn't really be able to take our son to. For example, were I going to Chicago I'd love to try Moto, and my wife just had a fabulous time at Morimoto's restaurant in Philadelphia. Any ideas for what we might do in San Diego?

I'd also be interested in hearing other suggestions for other meals, namely where we might be able to bring a (well behaved) two year old.

Thanks!

May 06, 2009
Rambutan2000 in San Diego