This blog is a way of sharing the information and resources that have helped me to recover my son Roo from an Autism Spectrum Disorder. What I have learned is to view our symptoms as the results of underlying biological cause, which can be identified and healed. I say "our symptoms" because I also have a neuro-immune disorder called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

And, of course, I am not a doctor (although I have been known to impersonate one while doing imaginative play with my son)- this is just our story and information that has been helpful or interesting to us. I hope it is helpful and interesting to you!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Recipes for Cooking From Scratch

For most of us, following any special diet or avoiding an allergen means learning to cook more things from scratch.  Most of us are used to buying sauces, dressings, and ingredients such as food coloring from the grocery store.  Most of us don't think much about the ingredients list until we have to.  Below I am listing some recipes that I have found to make some of these basic staples at home, as well as recipes for common processed foods and foods that I have found to be useful substitutes.

Basic ingredients:
Make your own chickpea miso
Anchovy paste
Garlicky Croutons (I use homemade diet-friendly breads)
How to make clarified butter (ghee)
How to make creme fraiche (aka sour cream)

Pork breakfast sausage or here

Condiments, sauces, and spice mixes:
How to Make Tomato Sauce from Fresh Tomatoes
Ranch Dressing (and dip)
Lacto-fermented mayonnaise
German mustard
Dijon mustard
Honey mustard dressing
Honey Mustard Poppy Seed Dressing
Sesame sauce 
Peanut sauce
Sriracha (Thai hot pepper sauce)
XO sauce
How to Make Worcestershire Sauce
How to make seasoning salt
Furikake (Japanese Seasoning Mix)

Spice blends:
Chinese 5-spice powder
Garam Masala
Lebanese 7 Spice Blend

Vanilla extract
Alcohol-free vanilla extract
Vanilla bean paste
How to make homemade extracts
How to make lemon extract
Confectioner's sugar
How to make natural food dyes from foods
How to make food coloring
How to make marshmallow fondant

Homemade Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)
Pork rinds another method here
"Cheez it" type crackers (dairy-free)
Fruit leather and here and here
Roasted pumpkin seeds
Spiced mixed nuts
Trail mix
Fruit Snacks

Maple Candy
Maple Butter (aka maple cream)
Marshmallows (egg-free version)
Good marshmallow method
How to make brandied cherries
Gummies (can get a gummy bear mold and other shaped molds here)
Coconut butter candy
Homemade tootsie rolls
Candy corn recipe
How to make butter mints (sub coconut oil or shortening for dairy-free)
How to make taffy

Infused vodka