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

Thanks!
I had a reaction to red wine a couple times so I'm avoiding wine-based vinegars at any rate. But I know that I've reacted more for example to store-bought lemonade that has lemon oil or some such added, vs just juice. It all has happened in a crazy firestorm, so I guess it will take a while to piece apart. Right now they are also having me avoid foods related to persulfate allergy and gallate allergy, as well as dairy and a few odd things (apples, pears) that I tested positive for. I seem to react to coconut milk too- kills me-- and possibly tapioca. It is certainly getting me cooking - and I already did a lot, but now, well I stopped at a coffee place and a black coffee is all I'm having here!
I'm going to have to try the nut milks again- I thought I was reacting to them, was making them at home (since I love cooking when dairy came up on skin testing I got excited about trying various nut milk and nut cream things out), but I think I was adding vanilla most of the time. I'm on a slow taper off prednisone right now too, which...makes me stupidly hungry.

Jul 21, 2015
rscolao in Special Diets

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

I'm hoping you will come back and tell me some more.
I'm recently on a low BOP diet- but with a lot more restrictions due to other allergies, and have changed out all our cosmetic/medication/cleaning products.

I am wondering if your wife/others do ok with celery seed, as in "uncured" meats?

My doctor has actually asked me to avoid wine-based vinegars for now. And fermented pickles are ok (like sauerkraut) if they don't have added spices/herbs.

Thanks! I have a ton of questions, and my coping strategy so far is to COOK. Which is helpful since I will have to make my own everything.

Jul 20, 2015
rscolao in Special Diets

Local source of smoked bacon no spices?

due to a nasty contact dermatitis diet I have to be on (this part for Balsam of Peru)- I am looking for my best source of bacon without spice added. I use a fair amount, and since my oil choices have also been restricted this is a staple for me.
I remember in other lands this was easy- but where do I find decent quality bacon without spice added? Like a smoked uncured unspiced?
Thanks!

Jul 10, 2015
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy lard- Waltham

Exactly. If I know I love cooking with it I can fumble around with rendering some later day... Or not.

May 11, 2015
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy lard- Waltham

They have rendered leaf lard!

May 11, 2015
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy lard- Waltham

Thanks all! I headed out it Jen & Pete's Backyard Birds and got some lovely, neutral smelling leaf lard. Note their mini-store has moved to their Sudbury location on 117. I haven't baked with it yet but used some on a chicken breast because I had to try it, it worked quite nicely :)

Slow Cooker Collard Greens

May 03, 2015
rscolao in Recipes

Where to buy lard- Waltham

cheers! this is super helpful. I should try to get my progeny to come for a ride... I need eggs too but $7 is a lot in my mind even for happy backyard chickens! Anything else there that is must-spend? (while I'm at it- I don't see, but they take checks, yes?)

Apr 27, 2015
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy lard- Waltham

this is great, thanks for the info. I've been in their mini shop but years ago. We have a tiny amount of meat from Chestnut Farms and I was going to email and ask them too about lard - I also need some bones for beef stock-

Apr 27, 2015
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy lard- Waltham

Thanks for this. I didn't want to venure out to their store if it wasn't still available in general. I'm still a bit foggy on where to get leaf lard vs other lard.

Apr 27, 2015
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy lard- Waltham

Do they carry a high quality / unprocessed lard? That would be awesome. I'm also curious which section. TIA!

Apr 27, 2015
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy lard- Waltham

Anaphylaxis - and my allergist is sleuthing away wrt which food or chemicals/metals are causing the biggest problems- so for now everything I reacted to on testing is out. I also have oral allergy (with lip blistering) with apples. Probably will be able to eat them cooked and/or peeled but for now I will let my body chill the heck out.

Thanks for the tips!

Apr 26, 2015
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy lard- Waltham

i have a new sad dairy allergy. Great excuse to try cooking with lard. But from where? The thread I found here on this topic was 6 years old so I thought I'd ask for an update before heading out...

Apr 26, 2015
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

Burlington coffee/food with a group?

I am looking for a place to meet up in or near Burlington with a group (5-15, yes a range) to sit and talk and drink coffee, eat breakfast and/or lunch-ish food - on w Monday at 1030am.
In Burlington because some are traveling from nh and need to go to the stores there, but I avoid the mall. Is there anywhere decent to sit for a long time eating and talking not far off 128?

Jun 13, 2013
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

Best Cherry Pie?

Sounds like I need to fit in a trip....or order a pie in advance!

May 27, 2012
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

Best Cherry Pie?

My sweetheart left a restaurant utterly dejected recently because they were out of his favorite: cherry pie.

So I'm wondering: what's your favorite cherry pie in the area?

May 26, 2012
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

Mulan in Waltham, replacing Beijing Star

Crazy Egg, I wonder if we overlapped- we had 2 screaming young things (until they were fed-- we didn't go early enough, got there closer to 6 and had to wait on a table) and were uh, one of the whitest tables in the place. Thanks for the menu list- we were ordering quickly to get food and we will want more things to try! Better I think w/ more adults as well those pups to try more dishes!

Apr 04, 2011
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

Mulan in Waltham Update

They are open. oops I posted about it here : http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7426...
We went last night. It was MOBBED.

Apr 03, 2011
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

Mulan in Waltham, replacing Beijing Star

I was about to do the same. However, we actually ate at Mulan Waltham this evening and it was terrific-- BUT they were too mobbed to be able to handle us normally. People were waiting for takeout for ages and we were there for over 1.5 hours for a very simple meal. We will be back but will avoid rush times and hope it settles down- we got things out of order, etc, but I expect it will be fine soon (and hope so!)
We had: smoked pork w/ leek- great; pancake w/ beef appetizer- great, and the pancakes were excellent; pan fried noodles were good, mostly got them for the kids, not exactly complex. Hot and sour soup: way too five-spicey for my taste.
I'd just suggest for the time being if you're doing take out, call ahead lest you end up waiting for ages.

Apr 02, 2011
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

ISO Hanukkah dinner out w/ young children

We ended up @ Johnny's in Newton Center- just due to convenience based on today's schedule.
My side of latkes was good, my husband's special hanukkah giant latke was nothing to write home about.
Cheeseburger was tasty but kid's burger was overcooked.
Matzoh ball soup for my son, it's something he loves, and still does. Again, decent, not Earth-shattering.
It was nice & quiet and totally accommodating for our 2 small children, but keeping in mind it was 5pm.

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Johnny's Luncheonette
30 Langley Rd, Newton Center, MA 02459

Dec 03, 2010
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

ISO Hanukkah dinner out w/ young children

ooh thank you! Looks good!

Dec 03, 2010
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

ISO Hanukkah dinner out w/ young children

I can't think of where to take my kids for latkes + something yummy and preferably vaguely traditional so I can have another glorious night of fried food and something like tradition without the mess. Suggestions? We're in Waltham, closer is better but not the only factor!

Dec 03, 2010
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

How does Johnny D's make oatmeal so yummy?

Any more thoughts on whether is might be brand-related? Good to know they don't add any dairy (for clues) and also to talk about the non-steel-cut technique since they don't use steel cut. (I like steel cut sometimes but that's definitely not what makes theirs yummy!)

Apr 09, 2010
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

How does Johnny D's make oatmeal so yummy?

I wondered about the hidden fat possibilities (mmm oatmeal, now with bacon grease!) I often make oatmeal with some milk instead of water, but I am guessing they cook it far longer... though it is not steel cut (I use old fashioned rolled oats as do they, I think). Do I really need a crock pot, sigh. I also wondered if they added eggs.

Apr 05, 2010
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

How does Johnny D's make oatmeal so yummy?

Certain members of my household will eat up a cup of Johnny D's oatmeal in a snap but not eat what I make at home. How do they make it so yummy? (I love it too. AND I'd love to get some more oatmeal into my people for their own good!)

Apr 05, 2010
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

Denian's -- Chinese Bao.zi and Bubble Tea Shop in Lexington

Update: I tried it out yesterday. Very simple menu, pick how many steamed dumplings and what filling. There are a few other dishes (salady things). We tried chicken, pork, beef, sweet bean. They were good, clearly homemade, perhaps nothing to travel across the state for, but a nice stop if you're close by. Also had dinner combos on the menu-- I think aimed at takeout. Would love to hear other opinions! I had a black tea bubble tea, which was good. They gave me a free lemon iced tea because they were experimenting with the recipe, also quite tasty. Prices were reasonable. They have a simple set-up with a bar height table with stools, and two comfy benches; the benches look like they're for waiting, but I sat there because I had my toddler in tow, and we shared dumplings while he sat in his stroller.

I have to say the dumplings were not hot enough, but I didn't say anything because my son was eating them too, and I didn't want them too hot either.

So all in all, I'll go again, might get attached, might not. A pleasant place.

Staffperson and owner were very friendly, place was clean (and stylish). No regular tables or anything like that.

There's a pastry shop next door- royal pastry. Kind of curious if they're any good, could make a fun lunch combo!

Jun 11, 2009
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

Denian's -- Chinese Bao.zi and Bubble Tea Shop in Lexington

Not yet but I drove by last week and it looked busy! The website is a bit buggy right now.

Jun 08, 2009
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

Best outdoor seating outside of Boston (Cambridge, Newton, etc, anywhere that you can park)

Also, Stellina in Watertown Sq has a nice patio in back with a fountain and whatnot (no view or anything but nice) if it's a nice summer evening.

Jun 02, 2009
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

Best outdoor seating outside of Boston (Cambridge, Newton, etc, anywhere that you can park)

The Neighborhood in Union Square Somerville. Not the classiest food on the planet, but it's so cozy, friendly, nice shaded patio.

Jun 02, 2009
rscolao in Greater Boston Area

Tango Mango Waltham

We went once, and were disappointed. We like Anna's- and this seemed like less food for more money, and not as flavorful. Plus, too much rice, not enough other stuff, particularly where we paid extra for guac and sour cream and it was hardly present. This was right after they opened, so if anyone can convince me to try again, I'd be pleased. We were looking forward to them opening.
Our disappointment did get us to go try out El Amigo on Willow off River St-- and we liked that a lot. A plenty-filling burrito for under $5, for example, and mighty tasty. I liked the chicken burrito best. They have a lot of other things to try when I'm not craving burritos!

Jun 01, 2009
rscolao in Greater Boston Area