Since our son had been diagnosed with severe hypersensitivity to corn and corn derivatives we have not attended many functions with the family. It became too much trouble to ask people to change a few ingredients in their foods to make it corn free, too much trouble to not wear perfume or make ups with corn starch or corn alcohol in them, hair spray is a must on one specific side of our family.
This week is about giving thanks. I plan to do that right here for many reasons, finally! Of course I want to give thanks to the fact our children are extremely healthy and never eat processed foods. They are funny and social and completely understand why somethings just can’t happen. They are loving and caring and sensitive to others in a way that a parent can only wish for.
I am thankful for my husband who has my back and his family’s back. We all work very hard together to make sure our son is happy and healthy and completely avoiding corn to the best of our ability. We are all happier and healthier since this change of life/food has occurred 7 years ago.
This year I am also very thankful to not be eating Thanksgiving dinner alone with just the four of us. This year my cousins are baking, cooking and creating an atmosphere that will be safe for our son to be in. This year instead of 4 of us there will be 14 of us.
I am very thankful that for the past 2 weeks I have been receiving phone calls and e-mails from all guests to figure out how to alter their recipes to make them corn free. This could not be a happier time for us. Our son is amazed that people/his family, are taking the time to adjust things so he can be in attendance at a family function.
Due to his allergies we miss all holidays and parties. Our family always asks us if we can just come for a minute. We cannot, it’s sad but to keep our son unaffected and comfortable he cannot be around cheese doodles, corn chips, soda, cakes, candies etc. So we need to avoid these gatherings.
For our thanksgiving this year I am only having to make a few side dishes and I cannot be more thrilled. I will be cooking stuffing, cranberry jell-o from fresh cranberries and water and plain unflavored gelatin, ice cream; vanilla and pumpkin flavored, butter cookies filled with raspberry jelly, peach jelly and chocolate ganache, bread, and bringing my pickles from our cucumbers from our garden, pickled string beans and pickled beets. I could not be more excited to help out for a huge meal for the first time in years. I would have catered the whole thing since they are all washing with the products that are safe for our son. Making a home and bringing our family together for a holiday.
As you may be learning, removing corn from your lives seems completely daunting, impossible and depressing. Removing corn is healthier for everyone. One of my conversations yesterday with my cousin was “What butter???” then he told me a brand, I explained that I never heard of that brand but if he can look and see if the cows were grass fed and if there is no “Natural Flavors” as a listed ingredient on the package. Turns out there was no information on grass fed or not, and there was “Natural Flavors”. He asked me what and why was that in there. I explained the What first; the WHAT is CORN, the WHY is according to one of the largest dairy companies around was; When they made their SWEET BUTTER with out salt and with out additives the American Public wrote letters and complained about the color being too white and looking like lard, and also the flavor being to mild. So with the additive of corn by products the butter turns a little yellow, and the sweeter flavor less lardy comes out. That’s why we have additives, not to ignore the fact of it makes the product cheaper due to not being pure. Spreads (no pun intended) their product a little thicker.
So, be thankful that there is recipes out there and on here that can help with making your holiday season something fantastic and not lonely. We have been alone for Hanukkah and Christmas every year and we go through many emotions that are confused. Some people FIGHT to be alone and not travel and not have anyone ruin their alone time with their family, pajamas, calm, enjoying the day. Others want to have everyone they are related to around to watch the joy and excitement and wear their Bill Cosby colorful sweaters and cheer with their egg nog. We don’t have a choice, we are isolated for these holidays due to candies, scented candles, corn filled canned foods, company basted turkey’s, hams, canned soup on string beans, corn starch in gravies, candy canes, cookies, cakes, chocolates….. on and on aside from what people are wearing to be beautiful and handsome for the day. So we stay home, it is something we are learning to cherish, the quiet time instead of feeling alone we are learning to take this in and enjoy the ability to wear out pajamas and have coffee and watch our kids play with their new toys, try on their new clothes and put puzzles together.
So if things that are missing for you are foods, I have them all, I have created every recipe you may ever want from scratch with out corn. It actually tastes better and is eaten quicker and rarely any left overs.
Have a great Thanksgiving and a wonder upcoming Holiday Season. In a couple weeks Hanukkah starts, if anyone wants Potato Pancake recipes, Matzo Ball Soup, Brisket, Chicken, Chopped Liver…. let me know!
I do not celebrate Kwanza but would love to help out with foods that are traditional, please let me know some of the foods you do not have any longer due to a corn avoidance need.
Christmas, you cannot have HAM!!! CANNOT, but I do have a great recipe for glazed pork and it is wonderful. Let me know what else is traditional there too and I will work on a couple of recipes. For all I will be putting up cookies and cakes, peppermint treats and the rest must be requested.
Be thankful not depressed, eventually it will work out. We spent the last 7 years alone, periodically breaking down and “trying” only to suffer epic failure.
BE SAFE, HAVE FUN AND ENJOY THE LOVE OF YOUR FAMILY.
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