If you’ve read the Elisa-Safe recipes, you might be wondering “What the heck is Elisa-Safe?”
Elisa is my niece. She has food allergies. A lot of them. I create recipes that Elisa can eat. It’s no fun to sit at the table while everyone else eats, but food allergies keep her from being part of the group.
Elisa-Safe recipes are meant to be enjoyed by everyone, not just the one with food allergies. These are all inclusive recipes.
In case you’re wondering about the food allergies, here is a list of all the ingredients I cannot use in an Elisa-Safe recipe:
The challenge here was to come up with a concoction that can take the place of eggnog. It cannot contain eggs. dairy, cinnamon, ginger, gluten, almond milk or cashew milk. The recipe makes 1 cup of vegan eggnog. You can free-style this recipe to suit your personal tastes. See Elisa-Safe food allergy list here. This … Read more Elisa-Safe Vegan Eggnog
Gravy. It’s absolutely mandatory that gravy is present for Thanksgiving dinner. But what happens when food allergies or dietary choices cause gravy to be…well…complicated? We get creative. There’s more than one way to cover potatoes in gravy. Be ready to ad lib a little, if needed. This is a gluten free and vegan recipe for … Read more Elisa-Safe Vegetable Gravy
This is a challenging dish. Typically, I’ve used cashews & garlic in my vegan cheese sauces, but those ingredients are on the allergy list. Other ingredients typically include, but are on the “Don’t Use” list are: Almond milk, Gluten, Wheat, Cayenne Pepper, Dairy and Goat Milk. When using this recipe, be prepared to taste test … Read more Elisa-Safe Mac & Cheese
This dish has less to do with allergies than personal taste. This dish is a savory version as opposed to the candied sweet potatoes we usually see on Thanksgiving. Ingredients I am avoiding in this dish are butter (dairy) and garlic. It is also gluten free. Print Recipe Elisa-Safe Roasted Sweet Potatoes Course Side Dish … Read more Elisa-Safe Sweet Potatoes
The ingredients I needed to avoid in this recipe are: Garlic, Gluten, Wheat, Chicken, Oregano, butter (any dairy). I substitute a combination of celery salt, fennel seed and onion to make up for the lack of garlic. Print Recipe Elisa-Safe Sage Dressing Cuisine Thanksgiving Prep Time 1.5 hours Cook Time 45 – 60 minutes Servings … Read more Elisa-Safe Sage Dressing
I created this recipe as a hummus substitute for Elisa. She is allergic to chickpeas and garlic ( along with many other things). Gluten Free Print Recipe Elisa-Safe Hummus Course Appetizer Cuisine Mediterranean Prep Time 10 Minutes Cook Time 15 Minutes Servings People Ingredients Simmer 1 can Cannellini Beans1/2 tsp Fennel Seed1 tsp Celery Salt1 … Read more Elisa-Safe Hummus
For this post to really make sense, you should probably read Cleaning With Condiments first. Anyway, I had just published the article to the site and I had a few minutes, so I decided to test ketchup’s ability to shine silver. Surely this wouldn’t really work, I told myself. But, what the heck, it’s only a 10 minute test, I’ll give it a shot. I took pictures of each of the steps. See my test results below.
Step 1: Find Something Silver
Ok, so this took a little longer than I expected. I used to have a number of silver utensils, serving pieces, candle holders, tea service, etc. I think I might have tossed most of them. Eventually, I found a cake server that worked. It had some tarnish.
Step 2: Put Ketchup on the Server and Rub It On the Silver
I found some ketchup and squirted it on the silver part of the server. Following that I spent about 5 seconds spreading the ketchup with the tip of my finger.
Step 3: Set a Timer For 10 Minutes
I set the timer to go off in 10 minutes. Then I paid no attention to the ketchup covered silver server.
Step 4: Polish Off the Ketchup With an Old Soft Cloth
Ok, so I didn’t actually polish the ketchup off with a cloth. I wiped it off with a paper towel. I took my time and wiped it all off. After I wiped off the ketchup, I rinsed the server in warm water and dried it.
I have to say I was really surprised. I put no effort into this experiment, yet the tarnish came off!
Well, this was fun. You’ll have to try this yourself…if you can find something silver with tarnish on it.
If you want to go green (or save some money) while conducting usual cleaning chores, you might be surprised that some of the cheapest and healthiest alternatives to mainstream cleaning supplies include condiments. I certainly was! Common, everyday items that people usually have lying around in their fridges can help with some of the worst cleaning woes. Sure, the idea of using ketchup, a condiment famous for staining white shirts, for cleaning purposes might seem odd, but every one of these tasty substances has a unique use. Open up the fridge, and for next to nothing, you can tackle some of the worst stains in the house.
Oh, the power of vinegar! If you don’t mind a bit of a harsh smell, vinegar can clean dozens and dozens of items in your house. Some of the most popular items that vinegar cleans are windows, microwaves, showers, and stainless steel appliances. Its close cousin, apple cider vinegar, also serves as a disinfectant and has a more pleasant odor. Most of the best cleaning recipes that include vinegar combine distilled white vinegar with water, oil, or salt.
Halve a lemon, dip it in salt, and rub it against any copper, brass, or chrome appliance. It will show off a great shine. Mix lemon juice and baking soda to unclog minor drains. In addition to introducing a better scent, lemon juice can remove ugly stains from plastic containers. Let the containers sit in a mixture of lemon juice and water overnight. Also, lemon juice serves to remove several different types of laundry stains.
Yes, ketchup actually can lift stains rather than cause them. Polish copper with ketchup; its acidity dissolves tarnish and stubborn spots. It can also help you shine silver. Rub the red substance on your silver item, let it sit for about 5-10 minutes, and then polish it off with an old rag.
Mustard powder specifically makes a pretty great deodorizer, so if you plan to re-use old jars for your next Pinterest project, splash warm water and a bit of mustard powder into the jar. The powder can also help you lift grease from really dirty dishes.
The eggy white substance is pretty useful for getting unsightly water marks out of wooden furniture. It can also help you wash pine pitch off of your hands and remove adhesives and glue from glass. Note that olive oil is also great for restoring the luster of hard wood. (And it’s also a less-fattening alternative for eating.)
Salt and salt water have tons of uses and are included in many cleaning recipes. Salt with lemon, salt with vinegar, and salt with oil can tear away many kinds of stains. Here’s another tip: If you have valuable cast-iron cookware, you know that soaps are a no-no, which, in my opinion, can be maddening. Instead, heat oil in the pan, then add coarse salt, creating a paste. Use that paste to scrub unwanted stains away. Also, the best way to clean coffee pots is with a mixture of salt and ice, which you can swirl around inside. Just pour away those awful brown stains.
These cheap and safe cleaning supplies are only an arm’s reach away. Now, there’s no shame in grabbing one or two extra packets of ketchup when you’re out. There are also plenty of other powerful cleaning agents in your kitchen, including baking soda, coffee grounds, and cornstarch that can be used for more safe cleaning alternatives. Give them a try: You might be pleased with the results.
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