Monday, December 20, 2010

Chicago teen dies from allergic reaction

A 13-year-old from Chicago died Friday after eating something that must have contained her allergen at a school Christmas party. My heart goes out to this family! Please, let's all be extra vigilant about keeping our allergic children safe during the holiday celebrations!

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dairy-free and Delicious!

I'm really not a fan of soy cheese...or rice cheese for that matter. I don't like the smell, the taste, or the texture. Brody will eat it occasionally, but prefers to just go "cheeseless". Lately I've heard a lot of good comments about a fairly new product. I was hesitant to give it a try though because I'm tired of spending a small fortune on supposedly good-tasting cheese alternatives and then being let down by the taste once we get it home. But for Brody's sake, I'm determined to keep hunting for new food items he will enjoy...especially a great-tasting dairy-free cheese. For us, the hunt is finally over! Daiya dairy-free "cheese" is amazing! It comes in mozarella-style and cheddar-style shreds. This is by far the closest tasting to real cheese that I have ever found in a dairy-free product. So far we have enjoyed Mac-n-"Cheese", "Cheesey" Hashbrowns, Sloppy Lasagna, Pizza, Calzones, and grilled "cheese" sandwiches...and every single recipe was a huge hit with the entire family! Brody now calls Daiya "the good cheese" and asks if he can add some of the shreds on just about everything. Last night he sprinkled "the good cheese" on top of his mashed potatoes. Yum!

Let me know what you think of Daiya shreds if you give it a try!

Sloppy Lasagna

"Cheesey Hashbrowns"

Birthday Boy!

A plateful of homemade donuts for the birthday boy's breakfast! Happy 11th Birthday Brody!!

Milk Allergy Alert

Tofutti Brands Inc. has announced a precautionary recall of 25 pallets of its 4-Pack YOURS TRULY frozen dessert cones (UPC 0-20188-01500-9) due to possible trace level milk contamination reported for one lot of product shipped which was produced in August of 2010.

YOURS TRULY CONES are labeled as Milk Free and persons who have an allergy or severe sensitivity or intolerance to Milk products run the risk of serious or life-threatening injury if they consume products with milk ingredients. Tofutti Brands uses stringent quality controls to prevent milk contamination of its products and sells tens of millions of ice cream novelty products each year.

The 25 pallets from the suspect lot are being recalled. The bulk of these 25 pallets were sold along the east coast and the Midwest. None of the suspected lot was sold to any west coast distributors or stores.

The product in the above 25 pallets is identified by the labeled Manufacturing facility code 18-497 which will appear printed on one of the two end flaps of the box of the YOURS TRULY CONES along with a production code of either 2330 or 2350, which will follow right after the plant code.

Consumers who may have purchased YOURS TRULY CONES bearing these codes are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. This recall does not involve any of the Company’s other frozen dessert products. Consumers with questions may contact the Company at 908-272-2400, Monday-Friday, from 9:00AM-5:00PM EST, or email us at

Thursday, December 9, 2010