I’m so excited to tell y’all that I’ll be on The Martha Stewart Show, December 16th at 9 am CST/10 am EST on The Hallmark Channel. We’ll be talking about baking allergen-friendly recipes for the holidays, and I’ll show Martha my favorite holiday treat; dairy, egg and nut free molasses cookies. (If you need a wheat free/gluten-free version simply swap the wheat with your favorite gluten-free flour blend). Martha has really embraced learning more about the world of food allergies, and is one of the only cooking experts to even tackle this issue in a mainstream forum. My dear friends Cybele Pascal (author of Allergen-Free Bakers Handbook & Whole Foods Cookbook) and Lori Sandler (owner of Divvies Bakery and The Divvies Bakery Cookbook) were the first fabulous food allergy mamas who appeared on Martha’s show the past few years, and really paved the way to getting the word out on delicious and easy allergen friendly recipes for our families. Because of their hard work and advocacy, more people are talking about our world, embracing our challenges and now baking wonderful allergen free treats that everyone enjoys. But another HUGE food allergy advocate that you may not know about is one of Martha’s senior producers, who is the leading force behind getting our story told. She lives as a food allergy mama like the rest of us, and has been a silent advocate in getting a big name show like The Martha Stewart Show to cover food allergies and recipes. It really is because of her tireless work on behalf of all of us that these stories are told. A big, huge, enormous virtual thank YOU…you are one of the unsung hero’s of food allergy awareness.
The clip will most likely be on Martha’s website tomorrow, and it would be fantastic if you all could show your support of these types of segments by posting a comment to the video clip. I know that if Martha’s staff could see how much these types of stories mean to us, and that there is a huge demographic of viewers that want more allergen aware segments, they would possibly be open to even more of them in the future. The more mainstream food allergy coverage is, the better for all of us. When we get people talking about it, we bring awareness. And awareness brings compassion and diligence.
I’m so proud to be a part of such an amazing and support community of parents who are so passionate about food allergy awareness. Simply read my previous post, and all those incredible comments from so many of you, and you can literally feel the positive and warm energy. Your comments brought tears to my eyes, time after time. I’m beyond grateful to have you all to connect with. There are so many advocates, too many to name here, but who are always working behind the scenes and in front of the scenes to get the right information out there. I thank my lucky stars for you every day.
One more thing, my all time favorite site in the world for food allergy info, FAAN is posting another one of my holiday recipes on their blog FAANnotes. I hope you enjoy it.
Happy Baking everyone and a VERY VERY Happy Holiday Season to you and your families!