Food Allergy Counseling

Food Allergy Counseling
Sloane Miller, Food Allergy Counselor (Picture © Noel Malcolm 2013)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays, 2011


Thank you all for a wonderful year.


May your holiday season be filled with love, light and laughter.


See you back here in 2012!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Food Allergy-Free Foods


My book Allergic Girl: Adventures in Living Well with Food Allergies hit the real and virtual shelves in February 2011 and I’ve been on the go-go-go all year long. I did almost 40 speaking events to support its publication (not including press). I spoke at national foodservice, hospitality and product conferences, national non-profit organizations, culinary institutions, food allergy fundraisers, food allergy and celiac disease support groups and online food allergy and celiac disease groups.

Several food allergy-free food companies supported these events by sending along free samples for everyone to enjoy while we talked about how to live your best life safely, effectively and joyously with any dietary restriction. These are companies that have clear food allergen policies, and I’ve used their products safely and often without issue. For your allergic needs, please contact them directly.

In alphabetical order:

Thank you all for your support!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Blogging 2012


It didn’t dawn on me until this week that since I have been on the road with my book Allergic Girl from February 22, 2011 until November 30, 2011, my blog posts have been a bit thin on the ground. I’ve been Facebooking and Tweeting like mad, but longer, more contemplative posts or restaurant reviews or even many product reviews have been fewer. Mainly, because I haven’t been home much or dined out in new places or tried many new foods that I felt compelled to share. However, with the Allergic Girl hardcover book tour complete, in 2012, this Allergic Girl blog will be getting a facelift. Maybe not a whole lift but definitely refreshed (it's already started, have a look around) and I will be returning with more stories and interviews and coping strategies and food allergy fun!

Stay tuned and thank you for hanging in during this incredible year!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Chanukah, 2011


Tonight is the first night of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. I'm lighting candles and placing the Menorah in my window, as is traditional.

Here’s some more info about this holiday from About.com.

And here’s a lovely Latke recipe (untried by me, yet) from the New York Times: Apple-Potato Latkes with Cinnamon Sour Cream. (I’m planning on substituting wheat flour with an all-purpose gluten-free allergen-free flour blend like King Arthur's.) Here's one without any wheat flour, also from the New York Times: Red Flannel Potato Latkes.

Enjoy!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Birthday Cake, Allergen-Free

Oy! This is how crazy things have been I didn’t even get a chance to blog about my spectacular birthday cake back in mid-November! Until now, that is. 

This cake was the same cake I had for my book launch party: chocolate with white icing.  It was so wonderful and so well-received by all diners, that I wanted it all over again.

The cake is: vegan, gluten-free and top eight allergen-free. Yes, really. And wonderful.
 
The baking master that whipped up this baby for me (and she’ll make on for you too) is Heidi Bayer. Here’s her website for more baking info: Brooklyn Allergy Mom Bakes My Cake.

Enjoy Life Foods, makers treats that are top eight allergen-free, graciously donated a few bags of their Mega Chunks, which made this cake extra-extra wonderfully chocolate. Thank you Enjoy Life, for the choco-love!

And this is the only picture I have of the cake including its baker. We all dove in so quickly that there were no time for pictures.

Thanks again, Team!



FAAN Conferences, 2012

I’m thrilled to announce that I am this year’s featured speaker at The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) conferences in Tarrytown, NY and Oak Brook, IL.

In addition, with Eleanor Garrow, I will be co-leading the Adults with Food Allergies Session at both conferences.

And I will also be on hand to sign my book, Allergic Girl.

Start signing up now on their website and hope to see you there!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Bonne Maman, Preserves

Who hasn’t had Bonne Maman jam, ahem, preserves? Those little jars with the distinct red and white metal caps? You see them in the best hotels or or your grocery store. I’ve enjoyed them safely for years.

Recently, my colleague Andrew of Shabtai Gluten-Free (NOT nut-free products) changed jobs to the Bonne Maman company and sent me some delicious samples to try: Wild Blueberry, Apricot-Raspberry (my two faves), Fig and Peach.

So how are they with allergens? They have a pretty clear FAQ:
Are Bonne Maman Preserves and Jellies “nut-free”? YES! Our Bonne Maman Preserves and Jellies recipes do not use any peanuts, tree nuts or sesame nuts. Our preserves and jellies are considered to be “nut free.”

I asked Bonne Maman if they had any further information to share about nuts and received this response from the company:
Our Bonne Maman Preserves and Jellies are nut free. The production lines that are used for manufacturing Bonne Maman Preserves and Jellies are also used for other preserve products that we produce under other brand names. We do use almonds in one recipe that is produced on the Bonne Maman product line but have highly controlled (based on HACCP certification) cleaning procedures that allow us to ensure no cross contamination. The almond I referred to is not used in our Bonne Maman Preserves and therefore is not on our labeling. Additionally, we assure you that we do not use sesame or peanuts on our lines. We want to assure you that the entire Bonne Maman line of Preserves and Jellies are Gluten-Free. This claim is determined by the fact that all ingredients used in our products have less than 20ppm which is required for this claim. Our production facility is therefore gluten-free as well.

I have never had issue with their products and have enjoyed the samples they sent. If these allergen statements work for you, come on over to Facebook for a giveaway to three lucky readers.

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AS OF 12/23/11 -CONTEST CLOSED
Congratulations to Michelle K, Andrea S & Sarah C!


Facebook GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

To me, these super-sweet jams are best paired with something savory and neutral, like cheese. I had all four jams with Udi’s bread and whipped Philadelphia cream cheese and I loved the blueberry most. How do you like your Bonne Maman preserves?

To enter to win a jar of Bonne Maman preserves, on Facebook share how to like to use jam/preserves – on toast, in a recipe, with sweet food or with savory – tell us your favorite ways to eat jam! (Please make sure I can get in touch with you if you win). On December 23, 2011, I’ll use random.org to pick three [3] winners from the Facebook comments. Good luck!

Library Journal, Best Books 2011: Consumer Health

Great news! My book Allergic Girl has been named one of the Best Books Consumer Health in 2011 Library Journal (who also gave it a starred review). Thank you LJ!

From their website: Miller, Sloane. Allergic Girl: Adventures in Living Well with Food Allergies.Wiley. ISBN 9780470630006. $24.95. A social worker with multiple food allergies writes an empathetic, empowering guide to help people live well and enjoy life while maintaining a safe environment. She covers finding an allergist, creating safe environments, and building positive relationships. (LJ 3/1/11)

Who is Library Journal: In its 133rd year of publication, Library Journal is the oldest and most respected publication covering the library field. Considered to be the “bible” of the library world, LJ is read by over 100,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries. LJ is the single-most comprehensive publication for librarians, with groundbreaking features and analytical news reports covering technology, management, policy, and other professional concerns. Its hefty review sections evaluate nearly 7000 books annually, along with hundreds of audiobooks, videos, databases, web sites, and systems that libraries buy.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Allergic Girl, Facebook

Where's Waldo? Or Sloane-o? On Facebook, of course.

Come join me on my Allergic Girl Facebook page where you can connect with other food allergy community members, read about food allergy news as it happens, share food allergy successes with others, get food allergy questions answered, connect with reliable resources and win free stuff!

I’ll still be here writing restaurant reviews and product reviews and stories about life and coping with food allergies. And I’m on FB and Twitter as well.

Come on over!