Some general suggestions for living with allergies

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1. Batters adjusted with substitutions may remain runny, so bake in a pan with a rim to protect your oven; do not fill to the top.

2. Cakes which have been made with substitutes are very delicate. For easier removal, grease pan, line with waxed paper, grease and flour the waxed paper with allowed substitutes for the grease and flour.

3. Always be on the lookout for recipes that do not use the allergenic food, or that need so little of the allergenic food that substitution is easy.

4. When cooking for allergic children, think of their food in terms of substitutes for the ordinary food the rest of the family is having.

The closer in appearance an allergic child's food look to the family food, the more satisfied and appreciative he will be. This is even more important when a child goes to a party. Most hostesses are very cooperative about their menu, so that you can match the food served as nearly as possible with your child's special foods.

5. Be creative. If you can't use a traditional birthday cake, invent one - either a mock one out of cardboard or say, a brick of ice cream, frosted with whipping cream or drizzled with chocolate sauce, topped by lighted candles.

6. Look into Chinese wok cookery or East Indian cooking as these do not use traditional North American and European ingredients.

Origin: The Allergy Cookbook. Shared by: Sharon Stevens, July/95.

Submitted By SHARON STEVENS On 07-04-95

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