Finding out you have a food allergy can be devastating.

Finding out you have a food allergy can be devastating. I think my first thought was, "What does that mean?" You ask your doctor and he says just avoid that food. It's just a skin test. They aren't entirely accurate.

I am going to attempt to give you ideas and recipes on how to avoid corn. It can be quite the challenge.

Sorry that my blog is evolving into a little bit of everything in life.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Water can be corny?

Taken from a discussion on Delphi:

Suggested Safe Bottled Water

CG Roxane bottled
Crystal Springs bottled in Blue Ridge, GA
Iceland Glacier
Poland Springs bottled in Maine
Whole Foods 365 spring

I am adding this for informational purposes, so I can refer back.  I have been wondering what water is safe.  There has been several discussions about water additives.  As I discover more on the subject, I will add it.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Preserving Apples, and Kale

I have been making applesauce from Jonathon apples I been buying from Carver's Apple Orchard.
Taste great with no sugar.  Peel and core apples, add a bit of water to cook down, then use a potato masher to mash the apples.  I like chunky applesauce.  If you prefer smoother sauce run 1/2 the apples in your food processor.  I run my jars with a bit of bleach in the dishwasher on quick wash, and heated dry to sterilize.  Jar up and, water bath for 20 minutes.  I recommend contacting your local cooperative extension for preserving instructions. 

Dried red delicious apples cut on mandolin slicer with the medium blade setting.  They take about 12 hours to dry in the Nesco dehydrator on 135 degrees.  The dehydrator came with 5 trays.  I added 2 more 2 packs of trays.  Now it has 9 trays. 
The dried kale on the lower right of the picture will be crushed and the larger stems removed, then powder in my blender.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

October Update

I feel I got a reaction from the 7 oz Kerrygold dubliner yesterday.  Expiration 2/8/12.  I emailed the company today to find out if they changed anything.

My garden is growing.  I should post a picture.  The last 2 months I planted lettuce, mustard/spinach, spinach, radishes, turnips, onions, garlic, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower.  The mustard/spinach is surprisingly great, and it grows pretty fast too!  I tried it both cooked and in a salad.  I have been able to start picking the spinach and lettuce.  I have been having great salads again.  I was thinking that will only be in the spring and fall.  I tried planting some lettuce in August, but it bolted because it was to hot.

Today its 80 and tomorrow the high will be in the 50s.  I bet I'll be turning on the heater for the first time since spring.  Tomorrow might be a good day to clean the oven.  I like to wait until its cooler to run the cleaning cycle. 

Hopefully it won't freeze to early this year so I can get more out of the garden.  I am afraid that it will freeze early and hard this year, we've had an abundance of wooly worms.  People are telling me that if there are a lot of wooly worms it means we will have a hard winter.  I guess we'll wait and see.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Finding Food is a Challenge, When Your Allergic to CORN!

Who will find, or grow food for me if I become incapacitated?  Fresh unaltered food is hard to find.  The big food companies of America manage to contaminate their food.  Due to the negligence of the American food companies the government feels they need to step in and manage all food sources.  If American’s stopped eating food from the giant food processing conglomerates, they wouldn’t be getting sick.  Everyone on the planet needs to take responsibility for where their food comes from instead of blaming the government, when greed overtakes responsible farming or processing.  Due to greed and failed cleanliness practices most all our food is washed with citric acid, lactic acid, or vinegar, all of which are made from corn.  This contaminates most all food for the corn allergic.  We have to go out of our way to buy farm fresh produce, or grow it ourselves.  We have to locate local grown meat, and have to double check that it’s processed without any sprays or so called cleaners.  We have to stay away from the whole antibacterial movement.  Antibacterial is made from corn alcohol.   Guess what?   We aren’t getting sick.  Most of us don’t buy from the SUPERMARKET, therefore we are not getting exposed to as many germs.  Germs aren’t bad.  Germs build a better immune system. 

The corn allergic like seeing more of the “All Natural” or Non-GMO” movements like you find at the local farmers market.  I moved across country last year (4 days travel).  Now a year later I am finding locally grown food all over the place.   I put a ½ a beef in my new 20 cubic foot upright freezer.  I grew a garden and put up jars of vegetables, and frozen as well.  We are living on less, but getting so much more, since I am not working.  I am gardening, and growing our food.  We don’t need to buy very much at the store.  We are using more natural products, therefore lessening our carbon foot print.  As the garden grows I too hope to be able to share at the farmers market, where you can find uncontaminated real food.

Monday, October 10, 2011


I was turned onto a place here in East TN that has apples!  $18 / Bushel  Awesome price.  Carver's Apples Cosby, TN.  I bought a bushel of red delicious, another bushel of Jonathan's, 1/2 peck of pink lady's, and another 1/2 peck of carousels.  So far I've used a bushel making 12 pints of applesauce, and 15 pints of apple butter.  I have also dried a 20 red delisicous; sweet and very good eating!

So this morning I made buckwheat pancakes with chopped pink lady apples topped with apple butter!!!

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