Women\'s Magazines Recipes

Posted on: Fri, 11/03/2000 - 3:12pm
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Is it just me, who does not subscribe to any women's magazines but only sees them in the doctor's office and ones given to me by my mother, or does anyone else get kinda ticked off that in each and every magazine I look in there has to be in their recipe section a recipe with either peanuts or tree nuts?

I don't use recipes from magazines anyway, so it doesn't really matter, but for those people who do, who have PA children, are you
left wondering what to substitute for them or simply omitting them. And then, for the non-PA parents, if they really like a particular recipe, I don't think they would be able to cope as easily with substitution or omission.

I was particularly p-o-ed when Today's Parent Magazine here in Canada ran an article about PA last fall. First of all, I didn't care for the title of the piece, etc.
But then, in the very same issue that outlined fairly well the allergy and different parents' comfort zones, there were numerous recipes including peanuts.

I just don't get it. This is just a vent. I know I don't use the recipes or even subscribe to the magazines, but it is something that bothers me when I open one. I also don't expect the world to be peanut and tree nut free. But, just for once, could I open one of those magazines and not see a recipe with nuts in it? Anyone else?

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Posted on: Fri, 11/03/2000 - 9:55pm
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Cindy, I get the Parent magazine, I try to bake things with my daughter from it. I have not been able to in such a long time because things are always nut ingredients. I thought about writing to the company,but I just end up making something else. The problem is that the magazine has things to make in about 20 minutes wich as you know is good when you have a 2 year old at your leg. Christopher would be able to assist her if only we could find somehing in there. I have made a couple things from the book but not in a long time. Now Jennifer is waiting for the christmas edition and I'm sure it will have nuts in most things. Maybe I will write to them. Well we all woke up with colds today so I guess I better take care of that and get off this subject. Take care If I come up with any good reciepes I could send them to you maybe you could do that here. Take care Claire

Posted on: Fri, 11/03/2000 - 11:49pm
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Cindy - I happen to get a lot of those womens magazines and also a lot of parenting, family fun & activities magazines, etc. (read-a-holic maybe) And I can tell you they ALL have peanut recipes, ideas, and activites, EVERY month. And YES it bugs me. It bugs me a lot. I think - Do we really need yet another use for PB?! Do we really need another food with a PB ingredient?! NO! Also FYI - November is National Peanut appreciation month!!!!!

Posted on: Sat, 11/04/2000 - 1:25am
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Yes it bugs me too! Every woman's magazine, kids magazine, not to mention Nickelodeon seems to thrive on the peanut.
While it upsets me now, prior to my son's diagnosis - I never gave it a second thought.
I think we need to practice tolerance here. I don't hear anyone with milk allergies complaining about the number of recipes containing cheese or milk products. Same with egg allergies - almost all baked goods have eggs in them. Why should we get special treatment in a widely distributed publication. I don't expect special treatment at the playgound or park, movie theater or mall why should I expect it from a magazine?
Sometimes I think that we go too far in imposing our problems on others. Schools, airlines, food labeling - things that make our lives safer YES YES YES!! But there are 98-99% of the population out there that don't share our problem. Let's find more important ways to dedicate our time.

Posted on: Sat, 11/04/2000 - 2:15am
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The recipes bug me, too. It's not just the magazines, either. A women's group that my mom belongs to put out a dessert cook book as a fundraiser. My mom bought me one as a gift, and I swear that 90% of the recipes must have nuts in them. It really does bug me. Also, I don't think it's such a trivial issue because it points out the fact that as my daughter grows up, this will be her world, too. It's easy enough (sort of) to keep her safe in my home while I'm responsible for her. But it makes me sad that she will be finding nuts everywhere when she grows up. This is the kind of thing that really makes me pray for a vaccine!
Also, Cindy, I'm glad you brought this topic up. This is one of the reasons I come to this site; to know that others are facing the same issues that I am. For example, I was sad the other day that when my daughter was going through her Halloween candy she had to get rid of about half of it because it either had nuts, or had a "may contain" label. It broke my heart to see her carefully pick up and examine each piece, and then have to listen to us tell her "that one isn't safe". (Believe me, I tried hard to appear matter-of-fact about it, and not let her know how it hurt me.) Anyway, I was telling a friend about this, and she replied that I shouldn't feel bad, because she took away most of her kids' candy just because she didn't want them to have too much candy, even though they don't have any food allergies. This friend is very nice and meant well by her comments, but she just didn't get my feelings. It's so nice to have this website to come to where I can let it out that these "little" things bug me and know that others understand. So, sorry to get off topic, but I just want to share the point that sometimes we need a place to let the little things out.
Also, I never had the opportunity to mention it before, but yes, the milk and cheese recipes bug me too! They bugged me for the first three years of my daughter's life when she was allergic to dairy, and they bug me again now since I am off dairy hoping to prevent a dairy allergy in my breast fed baby. I am always so happy when I can find a quick and easy recipe that is peanut free, nut free, soy free, dairy free and sesame seed free!!!

Posted on: Sat, 11/04/2000 - 2:34am
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Philip's Mom, I think you may have misunderstood what I was saying. I certainly do not expect special treatment from magazines as far as their recipes go because of PA. And I'm sure if you were on a site about egg and milk allergies, if there is one, you may find this being discussed too, and even more. It is simply a peeve, which I tried to make very clear above. I don't expect a peanut free or nut free world, I understand that magazines are always going to have recipes with nuts in them, but my point is, it bugs me. And Claire, you're right, Christmas coming up, definitely nut recipes.
I believe that we should be working toward all of the "good" things that you mentioned but I also think that we're allowed to have little peeves about particular things like this one and be able to discuss it.
Also, I'm not American, no nuts, so I'm fortunate, it's not National Peanut Appreciation Month (what is going on with that anyway? that is SO weird! LOL!) I do think that we are allowed to have peeves that we voice on this board and no where else. I think that's one of the reasons for the board.
For example, I was thinking about this last night - a friend of mine has a cookie swapping party at Christmas time and if you make I don't know how many batches of cookies and go and swap with the other women for other batches, you end up with say 6 different batches of cookies instead of 6 batches of the same cookie. At any rate, I declined her invitation last year and I'll have to again this year because, of course, someone will have nuts in their cookies and I don't want to ruin her special occasion thing by requesting that the other ladies make everything "safe". Who am I to do that? So, I have to decline the invitation. But does it peeve me? Yes. Do I feel I can vent about that here without reprisal? Yes. This is the place to do it, especially if you put it under the Living with PA title instead of every little bitty thing going in the Main Discussion Board. Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
[This message has been edited by Cindy Spowart Cook (edited November 04, 2000).]

Posted on: Sat, 11/04/2000 - 3:40am
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Cindy, I think your post was very clear and just something for us to talk about. I think there is always someone trying to turn a posting bad latly. What you said was fine for this web site. Yes if there was a milk allergy site or egg site they would all be saying the same kind of things here. Cindy you said nothing that needed defending and I think that we have a right to read a magazine and then discuss it amongst our little group we have here with the same issues. I know that I can find a million reciepes to bake at home with my kids that don't include nuts,but I love Parent magazine because it has quick ones that are usually safe as far as the stove goes. They are usually 3 quick steps and no cooking. The only thing is they usually do have nuts in them. CINDY YOUR LETTER WAS FINE. AS FAR AS TOLERENCE I HAVE HAD A TON OF IT OVER THE YEARS. I do go to movies parks and many other places. i think that Philip's mom was just looking for a place to vent and this site was it today. Have a good day Cindy

Posted on: Sat, 11/04/2000 - 5:26am
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Okay, sorry. I probably was venting. It has been a bad time around here peanut wise. As I said to my mom on the phone - I'm in peanut hell right now between my son's school, daughter's school and church - I'm overwhelmed with it all right now.
If I can add one more item to a long list of pet peeves. My husband and I used to be season ticket holders to baseball and would attend at least one game a week, sometimes more. It makes me so sad that I cannot take my little boy to the ballpark and share my love of baseball with him. As you may or may not know - peanuts are a staple at ballparks with everyone just tossing the empty shells on the ground. I just couldn't risk this environment on him.
I'm really sorry if I ruffled feathers on this thread. I wasn't trying to be offensive - only that I see so much on other threads about "let's go after ..." because they have or mention peanuts - I didn't want us to get on our high horse and go after magazine publishers too. As for the recipes - I simply omit all nuts, works great and doesn't affect the recipe. p.s. I love to cook, so I try a lot of different recipes all the time.

Posted on: Sat, 11/04/2000 - 6:51am
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This bugs me too!! I LOVE to bake, and love it even more so during the holidays (I'll be starting my pre-Thanksgiving baking this week), but since we discovered Matt was allergic to peanuts, I'm hard-pressed to find suitable recipies. I used to make pb cookies, choc chip cookies, pecan divinity rolls, etc. Now I just don't know WHAT to make. Ok, sugar cookies, but what else? My cookbook doesn't have anything else totally free of nuts or cc of nuts (as in the case of choc chips). So, I turn to the magazines, and YES it most certainly bugs me that virtually all of those recipies are not usable. I'm not going to start writing publishers and asking for them to take all these recipies out, but I would be more than overjoyed if I could get my hands on a magazine (or cookbook) filled with PA/TNA safe foods and desserts!! Maybe we should put one together??

Posted on: Sat, 11/04/2000 - 7:04am
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Hi Cindy I forgot you are Canadian! I read your chats so much, I think we're neighbors! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Also, when baking I often substitute raisens for the nuts in recipes, Usually comes out fine.

Posted on: Sat, 11/04/2000 - 1:06pm
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I must agree to this too! When I sit in the allergist's office every week waiting for my allergy shot I always pick up a magazine to read. I love writing down new recipes to try but almost every single one (as has been mentioned in the last 8 posts) has nuts. Even in recipes that you don't expect. This past week I read a meat loaf recipe that had pine nuts in it.

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