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  1. Hi Kelly, I love the book and blog! Thank you so much for what you do. I am writing from south Louisiana and I am wondering if you have any ideas on how to make a King cake that is egg and nut free. I’d also like to do a chocolate chip cookie cake and I am wondering if your chocolate chip cookie recipe can be baked like a cookie cake. Like most everyone, my (6 y/o) little guy would love to have one (or both!) of these treats! Thanks again!

    • I use Kelly’s choc chip recipe all the time for cookie cakes. Turns out great! I even have been asked to make them for non food allergy kids bday parties!

  2. Kelly,
    I just want you to know what an inspiration you are to me. I am so thankful for your recipes and website. My daughter is 10 and has severe egg and nut allergies. I am having a very bad week due to an incident at school…luckily she is fine, but I have lost faith in those I have trusted so deeply because of it. It is such a hard age for her to deal with this. I guess it just helps knowing there are others out there who get how I’m feeling right now!

  3. Hi Kelly I recently discovered you. My little boy is allergic to eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, and cranberries. I was wondering in your Choc banna cupcakes could I use buttermilk instead of soy. We have soy milk but I was wondering if buttermilk would work okay.

  4. Kelly

    Was so excited to receive your cookbook, then realized that most of the recipes use soy. My son is allergic to dairy, soy, egg and peanut. Soy milk is easy to substitute, but noticed some of the recipes use silken tofu. What would you recommend using as a substitute for this item?

    Thank you!

  5. Just made your strawberry shortcake recipe with a fun twist — we used Easter-themed cookie cutters to cut out the “shortcake” biscuits instead of making them circular. Thanks for the delicious recipe!

  6. Hello Kelly
    I hope that everything is going well with you? It is not like you, not to post for such a long period. I am hoping everything is okay.

  7. I just wanted to say that finding your website has been such a blessing to me. My baby (18 months old) has food allergies (milk, eggs, peanuts). He has been to the emergency room already for breathing issues and we have been prescribed an epipen. I could never had imagined what this 3rd little boy was bringing to us, but I am so grateful for him everyday. Finding food for him is exhausting and overwhelming. Every trip out is nerve wracking, and mostly….I am sad for him when he tries to keep up with his brothers in every way including food or activities and I have to say no. Finding your recipes (I purchased your baking book and will also purchase your cook book) has helped me to make food that everyone can enjoy. All 3 of my boys love your chocolate chip cookie recipe and your doughnut recipe. Up next….a cupcake trial! Thank you so much for your hard work….it has made my work easier!!

  8. Hello Kelly,

    I have thanked you in the past for your wonderful recipes, which have been a HUGE blessing in our house, but I haven’t thanked you for the candid stories regarding the hassles allergies can pose in school and social events. My daughter will be starting kindergarten this year, and frankly I am terrified. Most people I encounter do not see the danger of food allergies and downplay the potential risks. And my daughter has already been “left out” or been made to feel excluded in certain social situations. Awhile back, you had an entry describing your son’s frustration with feeling uncomfortable when his teammates didn’t want to have pizza party because John was allergic. Only recently, for the first time in five years my daughter expressed her own frustrations regarding her allergies and it broke my heart. In spite of all my efforts to have comparable, safe food for her in social settings, etc. she still feels like the odd one out, and I never knew how much it bothered her until now. Your recipes and advocacy has helped and touched so many lives. I may not be able to take away all of my child’s frustrations, but at least I have some tools to help her feel more included so her allergies don’t have to be the center of her life. Also, your blog has helped me to know, as a concerned parent, that I am not alone. Thank you!

  9. I just got the book via amazon and I wonder, is cake flour similar to unbleach all purpose flour or totally different??? What can I use instead of cake flour?
    I love all your recepi so far… And since my kid birthday is approaching I would like to practice the chocolate (and/ or) yellow cake cupcakes…

  10. Hi Kelly! Welcome to California! I am a pediatrician and the mother of a child with life-threatening food allergies. I am about 30 minutes north of you and wanted to send you a virtual hug welcoming you to parts west :)! I just sent you an email with more information and I hope it reaches you. Thank you for all you do for the food allergy community. I had the opportunity to meet you at the recent FAAN conference out here and it was so nice to say “thank you” in person to the woman who has provided our family with it’s much-loved and oft-used chocolate chip cookie recipe! Best of luck settling in to your new home — would love to help your transition in any way I can. Warmly, Sheila

  11. Hi Kelly

    I just wanted to say a big thanks. When I found out my son had nut, peanut, milk and egg allergies when he was about 6 months old, I was devastated and lost. Through your book, I saw some light in the dark and now, I can see that a food allergy is not as big as it seems. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


  12. Thank you so much for your wonderful cookbook. I just made the chocolate chip pancakes for my family and everyone loved them. My son is allergic to dairy and egg and we’ve been using your cookbook for a couple of years now. Everything we have made has been so yummy! I love having a source for good tasting food for my son to enjoy that he typically cannot have otherwise. Thanks again!

  13. Hi Kelly-

    I just found your book the other day and I have to say, I was so excited I nearly wept when I saw it. I have a 12 month old daughter who has severe food allergies and we have been dealing with the struggles of figuring out what she can and can’t have and what we have to exclude from our pantry now. She is allergic to milk, peanuts, tree nuts, and all legumes such as black beans, lentils, peas, etc…She can’t even be touched by any of those products with out having a reaction.
    We are still discovering new ones all the time. The only thing I have given her are fresh fruits, veggies, and meats because my anxiety level is through the roof. My two older children (10 & 3) have been without some basic treats and meals because of our youngest and I have felt terrible that they have to go without and learn to love rice milk now. Your book looks amazing and the layout of it and tips on products are really easy to read and understand, unlike some other books I have looked at. I love to bake and thought those days were over for me and my family. The struggles and anxiety of being new to an allergic child can be very scary and overwhelming but I now feel like life is slowly getting easier and less stressful as we are able to navigate through the world of having an allergic child. Thank you so much for putting this book out. There aren’t enough like them. We will be trying the soy nut cookies tomorrow and can’t wait!

  14. Hey Kelly~

    On November 6th, parents in California have the opportunity to vote for a healthier world and protect their children. It’s important that California’s labeling law Proposition 37 passes. Monsanto is spending $36 million to stop parents from knowing what’s in their food. What is Monsanto hiding?

    As a new Californian resident (congrats!), I hope that you share my concern and sense of urgency for the upcoming vote on Prop 37. I believe that your readers will benefit from the resources we’ve compiled regarding the negative health effects and safety issues surrounding GMOs, especially information about how GMOs can increase the chance of children developing asthma and allergies.

    I would really like to connect with you and your readers on the issue of food awareness and safety! The underlying issue of Prop 37 is not limited to California- food safety for everyone, especially vulnerable bodies of babies and children, is a huge concern world wide.

    We thank you for all of your hard work in keeping mothers informed with tips on how to keep their children healthy and happy while also managing their allergies, and hope that you will find our resources helpful when reaching out to your concerned readership! We’ve designed a microsite with embeddable resources if you wish to share the information with your network (found at http://www.10reasonsforprop37.org).

    Here are our Top 5 Reasons to vote “Yes on Prop 37”

    1. GMOs are unhealthy.
    2. GMOs contaminate the seed pool – forever.
    3. GMOs increase herbicide use.
    4. Genetic engineering creates dangerous side effects.
    5. The Government isn’t protecting your family.

    In the coming days, I’ll send you Reason #6 (you can also find it on our website). If you’d rather not receive this information, let me know. Should you want to contact me, I can be reached at jen@10reasonsforprop37.

    Best wishes to you and your readers,

    Jenn Lee
    10 Reasons for Prop 37

  15. Hi,

    Love your website! Sooo, in my family we rotate various homes for Thanksgiving! This year, I’m up and this is the first year I have had to cook since having my now 2 year old son (who has milk/egg/peanut allergies). Any ideas for a food allergy friendly Thanksgiving menu/recipes? Please Help!!!!


  16. Hi Kelly!

    Love your book…such a life saver!!! I wanted to ask you two things: do you use honey graham crackers when you bake and if so, what brand? And also, do you use flaxseeds and if so, what brand? My son is peanut, diary and egg allergic.

    Thank you so much!!!!

  17. im trying to make my son a whipped cream and am struggling he is allergic to milk eggs peanuts treenuts and fish any tips would be greatly appriciated

  18. Hi, Kelly
    I just found your website last week , when I was searching for a dairy, egg and nut free doughnut recipe. I made your doughnuts today and my 3 year old grandson got to have doughnuts for the first time. He loved them! The rest of us loved them too. Thank you so much. I cant wait to get your book, it should be here today. Again, thank you, thank you thank you!

  19. So excited to try the recipes in your new book! My 7 year old son has severe allergies to peanuts, eggs and dairy. I really want to try the ziti and stuffed shell recipes in your new book. Could you tell me what brand of pasta you use for these recipes. Pasta has always made me really nervous because of the cross contamination with eggs. Thank you!

  20. Hi Kelly! I love your blog and your recipes and want to say THANK YOU for providing invaluable advice for other moms of kids with food allergies and being an advocate for our children. I thought you might also be interested to know that tonight, my 6-year old, who has life threatening allergies to dairy, consumed a Snap! bar distributed by Go Max Go LLC, and had a severe reaction. If anyone is wondering, these candy bars are NOT dairy-free, even though the label clearly says “dairy-free & vegan” in large print on the front and the ingredients list does not include dairy. I just don’t want any one else to have the horrible experience that we did this evening.

  21. Hi was just wondering if anyone had tried the lotus caramelised bisuits spread? It says on the label no nuts and vegan but just wondered what its like and if its really safe?

  22. What a wonderful website! I saw your cooking segment on WGN this afternoon and loved your recipes. My son has dairy and egg allergies. You mentioned a grilled cheese sandwich…I have yet to find a really good, non dairy, melt”able” cheese? Any ideas.

    And looking forward to reading your books for more ideas!

  23. Hi! Love your new cookbook!! Thank you so much for all the wonderful ideas. Just wondering what pasta brand you recommend? My daughter is allergic to eggs, dairy and peanuts! Thanks so much! Brooke

  24. Hello Kelly
    I love your new cookbook. I am wanting to try your san francisco joe’s special. I am wondering what brand, you use for the grated dairy-free parmesan cheese. I have been looking for this item for awhile, with no luck. Thank you

  25. I just made the Mac & Cheese recipe!
    I’m thrilled that my baby can have something so familiar and comforting! She’s allergic to dairy and egg (she’s 16 months old). My other two children (ages 8 and 6) don’t have allergies but I’m trying to have more dairy free recipes that everyone can enjoy without worrying about cross contamination. Thank you so much!!! I made your pancake recipe from your cookbook and was crying that my baby had her first pancake!

  26. I love the new cookbook, but am nervous to introduce mac and cheese to my 5 year old son who is allergic to dairy, eggs, and nuts. At what age will he understand he can only eat the mac and cheese I make for him? I’m worried he’s too young to understand the difference.

  27. Hi! I love your site and have both of your cookbooks. I bake from the baking one at least once a week! I have a question for you and would love if you, or anyone else who reads here, could help me with making a chocolate chip cookie cake for my son’s birthday. He has multiple food allergies and the dairy-free, egg-free ones I find also call for some kind of nuts, which is a problem because he’s allergic to all of those, as well as a bunch of seeds. I was thinking I could possibly do a chocolate chip cookie bar recipe in a deep dish pizza pan and that would probably work, but I wanted to see if anyone has anything more solid than that. Thanks!

  28. We have been doing the EF, DF, PF diet for 16 years, but just had a wrench thrown in. My daughter now must be on a liquid or at least soft diet. I am having a terrible time coming up with any significant protein ideas that she will eat. Please, any ideas?!!

  29. Hi! My name is Jessica McMorris. I was checking out your blog and I really like it! I think it’s full of great information and ideas! Thank you for taking the time to put this out into the world.

    I also wanted to share my own blog with you when you have a moment to check it out.


    Also, I’m in the process of releasing a hypoallergenic muffin mix into the retail market and wanted to make people in the food allergy community aware. You can check out my project on Kickstarter called Muff’n Stuff and support if you’d like. At the very least, feel free to spread the word!




  30. Help! I have just found out my 2 year old is allergic to Chicken, Corn, Salmon, and Coffee. I left the Dr. thinking no big deal since none of her allergies are life threatening and naively thought how hard can it be to avoid those items. I had no clue. My first trip to the grocery store yielded 3 hours of frustration when I discovered just how many things had corn or corn products in them. Any words of wisdom for a panicking mom?

  31. Just found your blog. Can’t wait to try out some of these recipes. I struggle with what to serve my family every night after work. I hope to find some inspiration here. Thanks for making it available!

  32. My grandson developed asthma months before his second birthday and then was diagnosed with severe food allergies to Peanuts, Tree nuts, Eggs and Fish after he had anaphylaxis twice. The second time was two months ago while camping and old friends mistakenly thought we were just paying him too much attention! The general population needs education about severe food allergy: how to avoid it, how to recognize it, and what to do if it happens. My daughter and her husband are overwhelmed with responsibility to feed and protect their son. My daughter is so happy that I sent your books to her. She has baked five dessert recipes and a meal in four days of receiving your books. THANKS SO MUCH.

  33. I have a partial recipe for”Everybody Can Eat ’em Apple Muffins” that was in the September issue of “Family Fun”. I am trying to locate the entire recipe to have on hand. Can you help me?

  34. Also for some reason there are advertisment that are covering over you web page. Some are very offensive to see, others are regular companies with information on their companies. This makes very hard to read your web page and makes your headline drop over some of your information.

  35. My 21 month old son has been diagnosed with a very severe dairy allergy, along with a more moderate allergy to almonds and strawberries. Pair that up with the fact that my 4 year old son and my husband are very picky eaters, and I am a Mama who hates to cook. We have been eating mostly convenience foods for years, but once our little one was diagnosed with his allergies that had to stop. Your cookbook has been a huge blessing! Not only do I find myself enjoying cooking, but my entire family is enjoying the meals, and my 4 year old LOVES to cook and bake with me now. Thank you, thank you, thank you! As silly as it is to say that a cook book has changed our family, it really has. We are going to be a much healthier family thanks to you.

  36. I would like to find a chewy chocolate cookie recipe without nuts or chocolate chips. I can’t have any food that has been made in a place where there are products that have been made with nuts also. So I can’t eat the chocolate chips.

  37. My son is severely allergic to dairy, peanuts and eggs. We use enjoy life chocolate chips for all our baking. Super delicious and peanut free!

  38. Hi there. I LOVE your recipes and am so thankful that I found out about you. My son is two and has all of the same allergies as your son and some additional seed allergies and your recipes are perfect. 🙂 I have a question though about the paddle attachment – i just have a regular handheld mixer (breville) and it doesn’t come with the paddle attachment. Do i definitely need the paddle attachment or can i use the mixers it comes with? thank you!

  39. Hi there. I LOVE your recipes and am so thankful that I found out about you. My son is two and has all of the same allergies as your son and some additional seed allergies and your recipes are perfect. 🙂 I have a question though about the paddle attachment for your cakes and muffins- i just have a regular handheld mixer (breville) and it doesn’t come with the paddle attachment. Do i definitely need the paddle attachment or can i use the mixers it comes with? thank you!

  40. I did a Google search for “non food birthday classroom treats” and your blog came up. My 3 year old starts school next week and her preschool is nut/tree nut free. You cannot pack pb&j for your kid’s lunch. I felt that a little extreme. However, after reading the first few passages in your blog it made me understand. If the sitatuion were reversed, I would not want to worry about my child every day if someone had a pb sandwich and sat nearby! I feel for you…and other parents alike. They made the suggestion of bringing a balloon for each child on your child’s bday as the policy there is also no food on bdays and there is a list of 15 “safe snacks” for snack day. I was looking for other non food suggestions. If you have any I am open to them :). I also thought maybe bubbles, my daughter suggested toothbrushes lol as much as I agree I am afraid the kids may be disappointed with the latter. Thanks for your blog…I saved it to my phone and I hope you have had luck in your venture!!

  41. Dear Kelly, my heart went out to you when i read your last blog about your sons asthma. i want to to stay strong and look for all the scriptures on healing in the bible and begin to speak it over your son and get him to speak them too. Get in contact with Gloria Copeland’s healing school through Kcm.org. they have healing scriptures on the website too. i know this might seem weird to you but i feel i know you are a woman that would do anything for her loved ones, look what you did on your blog. well done mama, But remember you do not wrestle with just physical elements, as much as some doubt it, there is the spiritual element to all diseases and sicknesses, believe it. i’m a mama who’s seen the power of speaking the Word of God over her children, for health, protection and especially with food allergies. in my teens i suffered severe asthma and today i’m totally free from it. totally. my parents went to all lengths to get the best medicines and i depended on them, they were rich and could afford the best. i had our family doctor visit every evening until i was 15 years. i gave my life to Jesus at the age of 9 years after attending a prayer meeting where same age pupils were praying in a language and intensity i’d never experienced before as a little catholic girl in boarding school. anyway after i recieved Jesus as my Lord and saviour, that was it. then i started reading my bible and learning about my new life in Jesus, and soon i learnt about speaking Gods word of me and when i started doing that, that was it. i recieved total healing. it wasn’t instant but the improvement were instant. you have nothing to lose if you do it, there are no side effects like medicines, just believe and use Gods Word as a mechanic uses his tool for the job. i used this same principle to completely cure my two children from allergies and eczema. i continue to use God Word and live in love and peace with all men. This is my testimony and i truly hope this gives you hope. Please do not blame yourself. you are an awesome mother and remember God created all children and will guide and teach your child what to do if you give him permission to, He will not force himself into your life. I hope these word bless you and your beautiful family. Your books have been such a blessing to me and my family. God bless you and please forgive any typo errors as i’m nursing while i type. Bless you and i will keep praying for you and your family, it doesnt matter what generations past health issues were, dont take it, fight it with the word of God. All the best in your studies, i think you are awesome, just know some mother in England thinks you are Amazing. x

  42. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the super delicious recipes and for making me brave about cooking for my family and specifically my little boy with allergies!! I am the woman who cannot cook without a recipe so when we found out our baby was allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, celery, squash and pineapple all I felt was overwhelmed and fearful. It was such a relief to find cookbooks that catered to our baby’s allergies specifically. Your food is not only amazingly simple to prepare, it is so yummy no one knows the allergy foods are missing. Thanks again!

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