Monday, October 19, 2009

Contemplating Pumpkin Pie

I goofed on at least one candy label in last week’s post, as “Infant Bibliophile” pointed out very, very gently (thanks for being kind!). Twizzlers, of course, are made with wheat flour, and I was trying to keep my list free of the top 8 allergens. I’m so sorry I let that one slip through. And I’m so glad that other people are out there to help back me up and spread that safety net a little farther for all of us.

But I guess it does just goes to show… you can’t trust anyone but yourself, and even then, it’s a good idea to double-check yourself! Sigh.

Preparations for Halloween are continuing. I bought a couple of cans of pumpkin yesterday, with the wildly optimistic notion that I might try to make an egg- and milk-free pumpkin pie again this year. I tried last year, and the 3 or 4 pies I attempted were NOT successful. Ick. I’m pretty sure even that guy on the Bizarre Foods television show wouldn’t have touched those pies with a ten-foot anthill-poking stick.

So this year maybe I’ll try again. I’ve run across an allergy-friendly recipe or two for pumpkin pie, so I’ll give them a shot and see how they turn out.

Yesterday, I made an apple pie. All those yummy apples are everywhere now, and my husband brought some home from a work buddy, so I cheated and bought one of those Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts (love those babies, and they’re milk-, egg-, and nut-free). Then I put on my Martha Stewart hat (no, not really), and I whipped up an apple pie. It tasted delicious, but it fell apart badly when I dished it up. I called it “train wreck cobbler” instead of “apple pie,” so it sounded like I meant to do it that way. Everyone fell for it. Sure.

Oh well. Maybe a pumpkin pie really isn’t in the cards for me this year. Who needs the stress? Perhaps I’ll make pumpkin cookies instead of pumpkin pie. Sounds safer. Or I like to spoon some pumpkin into my safe pancake mix and make pumpkin pancakes this time of year. That’s easy, and my family likes them.

Or maybe I’ll just let those cans of pumpkin sit in my pantry until next year. I’ve still got a costume to make, after all.


Infant Bibliophile said...

I was hoping you were right and I was wrong so I could eat some twizzlers! :) Oh well, I made dairy- free raspberry, chocolate rice krispie treats this week, and I don't think my 2 year old will miss twizzlers. Thanks for your helpful posts. I'm really hopeful that my son will outgrow his wheat allergy before too long and then we'll be mostly looking for nut-, milk-, egg- free choices.

Infant Bibliophile said...

By the way, we're local too, but have never made it to a meeting...

Kelley J. P. Lindberg said...

Love to meet you sometime, so drop by! Our meetings are always small and informal, and we have fun getting to know each other. Next month we'll be discussing holiday survival tips -- always a fun discussion! Thanks for your posts!

Kaylie said...

I thought you'd be interested in the most recent blog post from my friend in CA. Here's the link:

Kelley J. P. Lindberg said...

That's a great story. Kids are the best evangelists/protectors, by far. Thanks for sharing that!