Traditional Fall Slow-Cooker Chili

Few things say fall like stews, soups and chilis. In our house, chili is in the rotation from Halloween to the first of March. Smelling it cook all day is part of the joy. And because you make it yourself, you get to decide the type of beans you use and just how spicy you make it. I've been keeping ours on the milder side in the hopes my son will eat it, and I never use kidney beans because I hate them. I don't care if people (hi, Mom) say it's not chili without them. Regardless of any modifications, I find it's always delicious — and perfect this time of year. And while the upside is that it's super simple, the downside is there really isn't much for kiddos to do to help.

Down-the-Hatch Breakfast Hash (egg-free, dairy-free)

I've recently become a big fan of the hash. You can modify it in any way you want. It can be allergy-friendly, and it needs no recipe. (Just try it!)

And if you're cooking with kids, here's a cool bonus: There's no real need to measure anything, so it takes some pressure off ... which is helpful because you probably aren't fully caffeinated when you're cooking breakfast.

Ideas for an Allergy-Friendly Easter Menu

Ideas for an Allergy-Friendly Easter Menu

As the host, I feel it’s my responsibility to ensure that the Easter table is safe for him. And I welcome that responsibility (and sometimes challenge). Of course, if you have a 2-year-old, you know they’re picky little buggers who don’t eat much.

These days, our allergies are eggs and dairy, but if you also have nut, peanut, soy and gluten on your list, there are lots of options. Here are just a few ideas to pull from this Sunday.

Traditional Thanksgiving Dressing (Egg-Free, Dairy-Free)

Stuffing/dressing has always been one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving. But a lot of traditional recipes call for egg and butter, which we can't do. So, here's the traditional option we'll be doing this year.

Chorizo and Jalapeño Dressing (Egg-Free, Dairy-Free)

Chorizo and Jalapeño Dressing (Egg-Free, Dairy-Free)

At Thanksgiving, people tend to expect the traditional foods. But what if you had the latitude to kick up the spice level on your dressing/stuffing? You'd get this. Oh, and it's dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free and soy-free.

Resources for Thanksgiving Turkey

Resources for Thanksgiving Turkey

Whoa, Thanksgiving is a week away. How did that happen? Despite my love of cooking, last year was my first time ever hosting Thanksgiving. And boy, was it stressful. I'll work on building out some allergy-friendly ideas this year so they can be a resource in future years. But in the meantime, I can share some resources for turkey that I hope will be helpful to you.