Monthly Archives: November 2013

South Point Vegetable Soup Recipe

The South Point Hotel saw that we had a couple of our conference attendees request the property’s allergy-friendly Garden Vegetable Soup recipe following the event.

The chefs had to revise the recipe for smaller portions, but we finally have it. None of the requesters had a direct email in their Twitter profiles or blogs, so they figured they’d just share it with me to post on the event’s website. How sweet was that?! These guys are top-notch! This was served to us Monday at lunch!

Garden Vegetable Stock Soup

Serve 6-8 Servings

1 cup white Onions
2 cups peeled and chopped Carrots
1 cup washed and chopped Celery
2 tablespoons chopped Garlic
1 sprig of fresh Thyme
1 sprig of fresh Rosemary
4 cups peeled seeded and chopped Tomatoes
2 quarts fresh chicken stock for allergen friendly soup or allergen friendly stock purchased

For fresh stock add 2 pounds of fresh chicken bones to the above mix, bring mixture to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and strain stock.

Add Roasted or sauté Vegetables to Stock: Vegetable can be tossed in olive oil and placed in the oven to roast or can be sauté until tender.

1 cup peeled and diced Carrots
1 cup dice Yellow Squash
1 cup dice Zucchini
Choice of Pasta optional

Now we all have a little bowl of comfort food to nourish us until Next Fall! I know I won’t make and eat this without thinking of our wonderful weekend together! 🙂

#FABlogCon Review Round-up

We have been reading everyone’s wonderful reviews and posts from the #FABlogCon, and enjoying seeing your photos! If you don’t see yours listed please email us or leave it in the comments and we will get yours added too! This event would not have been possible nor been as wonderful without each and every one of you who came and participated! Once again we are humbled and grateful for all your support. Thank you! ~ Jenny & Homa
 
Joel Warady of Enjoy Life Foods: “You are truly the best community of passionate consumers with which any company could ever hope to align itself.”
 
FARE:  “This remarkable group proved that although our community is spread across the country and diverse in many ways, we are all united by a common cause: to make the world a safer and better place for those living with food allergies.” 
 
Elyse Hahne of Live Learn Everyday Life: “For the first Food Allergy Bloggers Conference, the expectation was set extremely high. Not only is this a must attend event, it supports, encourages, and motivates you to keep at it. It was a wonderful conference that has left me motivated and willing to do more in the food allergy community.”
 
Get Allergy Wise: “The conference was as rich with information as it was with passionate and creative attendees.”
 
Michelle Palin, My Gluten Free Kitchen:  “It was so fun to just get away for the weekend and join other gluten-free or allergy bloggers and companies.”
 
Sunbutter: “The one big thing we learned at FABlogCon? You’re not alone.”
 
Colette Martin, of Learning to Eat Allergen-Free blog, wrote “We are all united by the desire to drive awareness, acceptance, and accommodation of severe food restrictions.”
 
Rachel Hayden, Mom versus Food Allergy [wrote my personal favorite analogy- must read!] : “FABlogcon attendees, as we go back into our communities think of yourselves as part of a quilt that when stitched together across the world can make a difference by educating, informing, and advocating on behalf of food allergic individuals everywhere.”
 
Sarah Norris, of Gluten Free Dairy Free at Walt Disney World :”Perhaps my most favorite part of the conference was meeting other people like me. People who have a special diet because of allergies, intolerances, or other health reasons–each person was so amazing.”
 
Amy Tracy, Adventures of an Allergic Foodie: “How do you feed a conference full of food allergic people?”
 
Kim Pebley, The Cheeky Celiac, said, “these ladies not only united food allergy bloggers of every kind but provided them a chance to learn, socialize and truly appreciate each other.”
 
Henry Ehrlich of Asthma, Allergies, Children writes: “If nothing else, the conference was a reminder that Facebook is no substitute for Face-to-Face.”
 
Jessica Martin, Food Allergy Sleuth, [also wrote a lovely analogy!]: “There is something powerful about meeting others like you and then combining forces toward common goals.”
 
Keeley McGuire, Keeley McGuire blog, detailed the conference and writes: “We all have different stories, different experiences, different allergies… but one thing is constant: We all face challenges with food and advocating our, or our children’s, rights each and every day.”
 
Caroline Moassessi of Grateful Foodie wrote “The only way I can explain the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference (FABLOGCON) is to say it was like being in a grown up Disneyland.” “Words to describe this event: inspiring, motivating, somber, intellectual, practical, thrilling and exhausting.”  
She also writes about the SWAG here.
 
Erica Dermer, Celiac and the Beast, “we ALL eat differently, and we all have to be so careful in our lives with food. We all have a very unique relationship with food that others outside the community don’t really understand.”
Do NOT miss her FABulous video clips on YouTube! 🙂 
 
Andy Weissman, wrote on Nov 7, 2013 “Liberate, Animate, Cooperate, Instigate” with a nod to #FABlogCon
 
Elizabeth DiBurro of EBL Food Allergies said: “If I had to pick one thing that was my favorite about attending #FABlogCon (which is how it is known on Twitter), it would be the ability to meet and reunite with so many like-minded individuals who all share the same passion.”
 
Donna DeCosta of Food Allergy Mom Doc said: “From the venue to the overstuffed swag bags ( yes plural), to the exceptional food prepared by Chef Keith Norman (who knew gluten free could be so delish? ), to the exceptional speakers to the author signing reception, to the amazing door prizes…it was a lovely event.”
 
Wendy Lazor, Allergy Free Kitchens said: “my eyes were opened to see the power inherent in that gathering.  Individually, we are a story.  Collectively, we can move mountains.”
 
Jo-Ann Rogan of Punky Mama, said: “I hope the word spreads and people who are home and feeling lost and alone while managing food allergies and reach out to the internet get to attend this conference.”
 
Pam Jordan of I’m a Celiac said:  “These events are so amazing due to the people.  It is such a gift to be in a room filled with 150 other people who get it!”   
Also check out her photo slide show, here.
 
Brynn Hadler Allergy Bytes said “Walking in to the Food Allergy Blogger’s Conference was like coming home to a family I had never met, but to whom I clearly belonged.”
 
Elizabeth Goldenberg Onespot Allergy said “I was privileged to “know” these friends before in an online way, and I’m graced to know them now in a real world way. We truly support each other, and I look forward to meeting with my friends again at the Food Allergy Blogger Conference next year.”
 
Selena Bluntzer Amazing & Atopic says: “”This community has been building and growing over the years, and Jenny and Homa “built” a city in which our virtual community was able to live for a few days. Sometimes we might feel like The Sims, interacting online, but we’re obviously real people and this gave us a 3D space to inhabit. These industrious city planners found a location with safe food (no easy task!), entertainment, education, and accommodations.”
 
Kelly Kurzhal of Raising Jack with Celiac said: “Our common bond of raising awareness, sharing recipes and resources for the gluten-free and food allergy community has truly brought us together and we encourage one another, swap recipes and make each other laugh along the way.”
 
Jenny Sprague, Multiple Food Allergy Help said: “The best part has been the connections that were forged. I see relationships on social media now that are there because of this event, friendships that were just formed, or made stronger.  All these links and connections weaving together, creating a stronger, more unified food allergy community.”
 
Cheryl Viirand, Freedible says: “we custom eaters are indeed a tribe.  A tribe defined not by the particulars of our individual eating requirements and restrictions, not by their severity or even by the stakes they put on the table for ourselves and our kids. No, what defines our tribe is that we are problem solvers. We are a tribe of future-creators who are not satisfied to wait in the hopes that a safer, more inclusive future will create itself.”
 
Senator Debbie Smith, Nevada, addressing audience opening night – Part 1; Part 2
 
Dr Eric Edwards, Co-inventor of Auvi-Q addressing audience at opening night – Part 1; Part 2 
 

#FABlogCon Blog Roundup

We truly are still processing the experience but wanted to say a very big thank you to all of you on this day after the first Food Allergy Bloggers Conference!  We’d love to gather posts about the conference in one space so please comment here with links to your blog posts and we will work on a fun way to maybe share them in our newsletter and/or future posts.

In the meantime, Erica Dermer of Celiac and the Beast blew us away with her video interviews posted in “Food Allergy Bloggers Conference Wrap-Up” (be sure to watch all ten minutes).  Such a surprise this morning to see the post go up and we have to say Erica may have a future on the talk show circuit, she’s a natural.

Joel Warady, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Enjoy Life Foods (one of our fantastic sponsors for the conference and on our advisory team) wrote a touching blog post on the Enjoy Life Foods Blog entitled “An Embracing Community.”

We have an exit survey coming your way shortly so watch for it in the next week or so.

Congratulations to Angie Morris (Conscious Eatery) for raising the most funds on our FARE walk team, she won a free stay at the South Point Hotel and Casino.  Coming in a close second was Jo-Ann Rogan (Punky Mama – she has already posted several posts about the conference!) who won a dinner for two at Don Vito’s at the South Point.  David Lurie of Sun Cups (one of our sponsors – if you are reading this David be sure to check out the video link mentioned above for some rave reviews of your products!) won a free conference ticket thanks to his fundraising effort.  Donations are still open though the contest is over (Food Allergy Bloggers Conference 2013 Walk Team).

Again, we are so humbled and privileged to be a part of your lives and to look around the room this weekend and see friendships form.  Thank you all and may your continued journey include a little more support than you knew you had before.  Most of all, thank you for believing in us.

Warmly,

Homa & Jenny