Friday, December 30, 2011

Great Cookbook and Chocolate Fondue {Allergy-free}

When my daughter was first diagnosed with food allergies almost 5 years ago, I found a wonderful cookbook full of recipes for the food allergic family. If you are allergic to any food, this cookbook would be a good resource. The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook by Cybele Pascal is very informative! I recommend it to those who are just beginning their journey of allergy-free living. Not only does it have 200 gourmet & homestyle recipes, it has a lot of great tips and info on foods to keep in your pantry, etc. This was a great help to me in the beginning! My daughter is only allergic to milk (dairy), eggs and peanuts, so I did not have to use all of the substitutes she calls for in these recipes, but many people have multiple food allergies and for those people, this book would make life so much easier. You should check it out! Get it on Amazon here. *I have not been paid to advertise this book, I just highly recommend it!*

One recipe in this book, that I'll be making soon is Chocolate Fondue! {Can you tell this family loves chocolate?} Here's the recipe {from pg 164}:

Chocolate Fondue

10 oz. dairy-free, soy-free semisweet chocolate chips {Enjoy Life brand, Whole Foods 365 brand, etc.}

1/2 cup enriched rice milk {I use almond milk because of this.}

1 tsp. vanilla extract

assorted fruit for dipping {apples, bananas, pears, strawberries, kiwis, pineapple, grapes, and peaches all work well.}

Cut fruit into 1-inch pieces, and de-stem strawberries. Set fruit aside. Combine chocolate chips and milk in saucepan over lowest possible flame. Melt chocolate, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Transfer to fondue pot over low sterno flame if you have one. If not, you can set the saucepan over a bowl of warm water, or just eat quickly. You may also transfer the fondue to small ramekins for kids. Serve with fruit and fondue forks or wooden skewers, or toothpicks for kids using ramekins. Serves 6-8.

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