Blog 2017-03-28T22:18:51+00:00

Top 10 Resources for Food Allergies

Have you ever had a panic attack? Like the kind where you can’t breathe and need a paper bag? This has only happened once or twice in my life, but the feeling is not something that I will soon forget. My body was out of my control. This feeling was similar to when I first tried to figure out the food allergy world. If you are connected to someone with food allergies, you can probably relate! [...]

Food Allergy Awareness + GF Mini Blueberry Muffins

This month is food allergy awareness month. A whole month dedicated to helping raise more understanding of food allergies and how to find food for people who have food allergies. As you may know, we have a gluten-free cookie product line -- which makes for a perfect pairing with food allergy awareness month. And there has not been a single event that someone doesn’t approach the table and criticize the cookies for being gluten free [...]

Megan Eats at the Indian Road Cafe in Manhattan

  I wrote recently on the blog about my brief but very enjoyable trip to San Francisco. One of the things that struck me most about the city was the integration of nature into a bustling metropolis; the city is plopped right into a beautiful bay and is surrounded by rolling hills. I experienced several “grass is always greener” moments, unable to stop myself from comparing San Francisco to the concrete jungle of my home [...]

Five Tips for Stocking a Gluten-Free Pantry + Greens Salad with Apple and Pecan

A line from the sound of music came to me as I prepared to write this post: "let's start at the very beginning. A very good place to start." And when it comes to cooking or baking gluten free, I completely agree. You can master all of the skills of cooking, baking, or substituting, but if you don't have the ingredients, it's going to be more than a little challenging to make the food. Below [...]

Challenges of Owning a Business pt. 2

This is the second (and final) post about the challenge of owning a business. Please read the first post here Beginning a business is long hours and hard work. There is also a lot of advice out there, but this advice is what I wish I had paid more attention to. Network. When I first began my company, I set up meetings almost daily. These meetings were for me to know who was in the [...]

Easy Rice Pilaf

What is rice pilaf? Rice pilaf simply means that rice was cooked with broth, not water. It is different than a risotto for few different reasons, although both of them use broth in the preparation. In this easy rice pilaf, we add some common spices to give the pilaf extra flavor. As with most basic dishes, it is the perfect accompaniment to a meat or hearty vegetable dish. Sometimes, we just eat it plain. If [...]

Avoiding Hidden Corn Ingredients

After I got diagnosed with food allergies, Celiac Disease, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), I enrolled in a certificate program for nutrition and health to learn how to eat and understand what is happening in my body. This was also around the time that I discovered that I am not alone; many people are affected by the food that we consume. One of the largest hidden components of the food we eat is corn--something that [...]

The Challenge of Owning a Company + Groundnut Sauce

This is the first of a two part blog series. Do you have a hard time figuring out who you are or what defines you? I do. I think we all do. I am a person who believes in sustainability, but I will buy a plastic food container. I try to eat locally, but sometimes I crave mangoes. The challenge of balancing all of my feeling plagues me daily. One of the largest challenges I [...]

Elizabeth and Ashley’s Herb Tips + Tricks

No matter where in the country you are, the days are getting warmer. Here, in Pasadena we had temperatures in the 90s last week! Naturally, our minds turn toward making fresh and light foods in the springtime, particularly with fresh herbs. Ashley and I have small containers of herbs that we grow year round, so naturally the herbs act as a complement in our cooking. Below, we have listed some of our favorite ways to [...]

Domenica Restaurant: Where Community Happens Around Food

In the Spring of 2012 two friends and I were traveling to rural Georgia for a wedding. To save money, we decided to do a partial roadtrip. Liz and I, were going to fly to Austin and meet up with Megan, then drive the rest of the way. I took an earlier flight than Liz because she flying standby. So when she couldn't get a flight out of Southern California into Austin, we told her [...]

Wendell Berry is One of My Favorites + Sweet Potato Tartelette

One of my favorite author-poet-farmers is agrarian writer Wendell Berry. He addresses food growth and production with a prophetic voice that denounces consumerism and commodification of food. Instead of treating what we eat as just another consumer good that can be used or wasted as we please, he urges readers step back and look at the larger picture. In his zoomed out perspective, the health and particularity of land and communities is the basis for [...]

Finding Food Tradition

  Tradition, even those involving food, eluded my family of origin. Our religious community shunned rituals, holidays and feast days. My family abandoned the most benign practices—although their absence may be best explained by busyness rather than piety. One notable exception, limiting food consumption to instances wherein no more than two of five family members occupied the same room, became a de facto tradition. As tradition in the “traditional” sense infrequently occurred but repetition and [...]