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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Allergen-Free Recipe Column Debuts on Lime.com

Cybele Pascal emailed to tell me that she has a new allergy-free recipe column on lime.com.

Who's Cybele Pascal? Here's her bio:

Hi! I'm the author of the award winning best-seller, The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook: 200 Gourmet and Homestyle Recipes for the Food Allergic Family, the first cookbook to eliminate all 8 allergens responsible for 90% of food allergies. While being diagnosed with food allergies can feel like the end of your gastronomic party, I'm living proof, that a restricted diet does not mean deprivation. After my son Lennon was diagnosed with multiple food allergies in 2001, I had to change many of the ingredients I cooked with, but I never stopped making the same kinds of recipes. And it has become my goal to provide delicious allergen-free versions of just about any recipe you can imagine for the 12 million Americans living with food allergies, so that no-one need ever feel deprived. I have found my way around using the top 8 food allergens (dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish) with delicious and healthy results. No challenge is too daunting, except perhaps a cheese soufflé!

She maintains a blog here on blogspot, called The Whole Food Allergy Cookbook.

To see if these recipes are for you, check out this dairy-free variation of a normally dairy-filled standard: Allergen-free, Gluten-free Pasta with Roast Cherry Tomatoes, Grilled Chicken, and Pesto. She suggests grilled tofu as a substitute for the chicken for vegans. Those with lactose intolerance or dairy protein allergy can try it either way.

Healthy portions are smaller than normal-sized ones, but I do wonder about a recipe that serves 8 calling for only 1 pound of chicken and 1 pound of rice or pasta. That's 2 ounces of each per person. Even I don't eat that little at a meal and I can make a standard restaurant serving last through two take-home portions. The accompanying picture surely has a larger serving than that.

The other big problem is lime.com itself. On its About Us page it says:
LIME brings multi-platform programming to the next generation of media consumers who want to live smarter, more connected, and more exciting lives. But you can enjoy LIME even if you don't own every latest gadget, because LIME fits into your life, your way. You can find us wherever you want us.

That means LIME Television, LIME Radio, LIME Online, LIME On Demand, LIME Mobile, and LIME podcasts-so far. DVDs, books, and lifestyle products are on the way, and as new technologies come along, LIME will be there too.

Sound like a lot? Well, picture this. You can watch a two-minute LIME video online from Deepak Chopra with your morning coffee, read a quick news story in between diaper changes on your cell phone, and then try out a healthy new recipe from LIME over the weekend on LIME TV or laugh out loud while listening to a LIME Radio podcast.

Somebody is putting in a lot of money. And getting very little out. None of the links on that page to Lime services work.

My bet is that you won't find lime.com around next year. So start printing out those recipes now.

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