Spaghetti and Meatballs

I haven’t eaten spaghetti and meatballs for years. It was a staple when I was growing up, but I’ve only had it a handful of times since becoming an adult. First I was a vegetarian for a few years. Then I started eating more meat, but cut back on grains. Then I started the Blood […]

Busy Day

Overall, I’ve been doing a good job of avoiding the “avoids.” I have some nut bars that I keep in my purse that are mostly compliant, but not 100%. They do contain sugar, honey, sunflower seeds, and cashews, along with almonds, chocolate, and other things that are fine for me. Somehow they’re more satisfying than […]

More cheese struggles

I’m still struggling with the cheese issue. I thought I’d solved it on the first night of Shavuos, when I’d had fish, rice pasta, and vegetables, plus a tiny sliver of cheesecake, and about a teaspoonful of the cream sauce I’d made for Jack. I got this sudden feeling of “ugh! no more dairy!” and […]

Adventures in Free Food

I’ve been acquiring free food in a variety of ways. A couple of years ago, I blogged about Food Not Bombs, which has since been renamed “Community Solidarity.” Most of the food they distribute is donated from Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s- things like dented boxes of cereal, slightly over-ripe produce, and dairy products close […]

Shabbos Cooking For One

Leah and Hannah have moved out, and Jack is away for Shabbos, so this leaves me free to cook what I want for Shabbos, without having to take anybody else’s dietary restrictions or food preferences into account. Before Hannah moved out, she often went away for Shabbos, but I still wasn’t free of cooking for […]

Cooking for Two

Hannah just moved out about a week ago, and I’m developing new routines in the kitchen. There are some foods that Hannah enjoys eating that I don’t care for, or that contain ingredient I shouldn’t eat. Already I’m noticing that the fridge is less cluttered, without the “Hannah foods” that Jack and I are unlikely […]

The End of an Era

I’ve been a member of the forums here at dadamo.com since February of 2009. That’s nearly 8 years. At the time, my oldest child was 14, and now, my youngest is 15. My sweet little 7 year old boy now towers over me! He’s still sweet, but he’s no longer little. So much has changed […]

Choices and Consequences

This New Year’s Eve, I decided to make a gluten-free lasagna as part of a festive meal with my kids. I used rice pasta, which is neutral, but I also used canned tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, and mozzarella cheese on top. Tomatoes are an avoid, but I’ve found that they improve muscle pain and energy […]

Merry Happy ChrismaHanukkah

This year, the first night of Hanukkah fell out on Saturday, December 24th. This meant that the food stores were crazy busy late in the week, and weren’t open at all on Saturday night or Sunday. We never go food shopping during Shabbos, so the fact that many stores were open on Saturday until noon […]

Microwave

I’ve heard a lot of bad things about microwave ovens- both that they’re unhealthy to be around while they’re running, as well as making the food less healthful. According to some studies, the very nature of microwaves damages foods, while others say that toxins can leach into foods more easily during microwaving. Those studies imply […]