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Recipes & Cooking / Re: Instant Pot!
« Last post by becca on Yesterday at 10:13:46 PM »
Seems like it could take extra veggies too, unless you are trying to hide them in there.
Recipes & Cooking / Chocolate-Pumpkin Layer Cake from the NY Times
« Last post by hezzier on Yesterday at 07:01:34 PM »
We had this cake years ago at DH's cousins house and they loved it.  I actually liked it this time...although I think making buttercream is a PIA.  DD picked this for her birthday cake this year.  DH's piece is in the freezer for when he gets home.

Chocolate-Pumpkin Layer Cake

Time: 1 1/2 hrs plus cooling

8 Tbps butter, softened
2 Cup flour, more for dusting
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 can of pumpkin
1 pkg enjoy life mini chips

Frost with your favorite chocolate buttercream

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans.  Line with parchment paper. Butter and flour the paper.  In a large bowl, whisk flour, all the spices, baking soda, baking powder and salt together.

Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together.  Beat in eggs one at a time.  Stir in pumpkin.  Mixture may look slightly curdled.  Stir in flour mixture about half a cup at a time until smooth.  Fold in chocolate chips.

Divide batter into pans and bake for 30-35 mins in the middle of the oven until springy to the touch and tooth pick comes out clean. Cook cakes in pan for 10 min, then cool cakes completely on a rack.

This is the buttercream recipe I used:

This cake stores well in the freezer.  After the first two day, I cut the remaining cake up into servings and individually wrap the slices in saran wrap, then store in a zip lock in the freezer.

Recipes & Cooking / Re: Instant Pot!
« Last post by hezzier on Yesterday at 06:46:49 PM »
ok, so seemed like the pot had trouble sealing so I should have shortened the time a little bit. 

I used a pound of pasta, 1 green pepper, 1 red pepper, 1 zucchini, 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes, 28 oz water...somewhere in there I forgot to double the spices (probably could have tripled them) so was bland and pasta was a little over cooked, but I would make this again.  Will be super easy to reheat for the kid's dinner tomorrow...just through some extra parmesan on and it will be fine.
Mfrs. & Packaged Food / Re: Christmas Candy
« Last post by spacecanada on Yesterday at 04:32:40 PM »
Ah, I wondered what happened to the Allan ones.  So sad.  I used to buy ten cases of them every year to enjoy year-round as a sweet treat.  My husband was just asking about the rainbow ones yesterday too and I said we'd look for them, but not now since they don't exist any more. 

Bulk Barn had Spangler large candy canes and the label was much like that of Allan, with free from X, Y, Z (I forget what all the list included, but for sure free from peanuts, tree nuts, milk and wheat) and made on dedicated lines in a PN-free facility.  I bought a few, and may go back to buy a bunch more to enjoy throughout the year. 

Dare makes PN/TN-free shortbread also. 
Main Discussion Board / Re: Disney dining
« Last post by spacecanada on Yesterday at 04:12:17 PM »
Hurray!!  I'm so happy to hear you had a great trip and that the food went well too.  We :heart: Disney for this very reason; it's the only place I truly feel comfortable eating away from home.
Mfrs. & Packaged Food / Re: Christmas Candy
« Last post by hezzier on Yesterday at 03:42:17 PM »
Not exactly candy....

Metro sells Campbell’s shortbread which is safe for peanut/treenut allergies.

They always sell out, so stock up.

I found some the other day, I don't think DS has ever had packaged scottish shortbread before...he probably won't even like it, oh well, more for me!
Main Discussion Board / Re: Disney dining
« Last post by PurpleCat on Yesterday at 02:05:09 PM »
DD had a great time in Disney and at Universal this summer.  Both good experiences and excellent service.  I was not there, she navigated it all herself.
Mfrs. & Packaged Food / Re: Christmas Candy
« Last post by candyguru on December 16, 2017, 10:30:42 PM »
We always bought Allan. But they were bought out, I think by Hershey.

Yes, we also bought Allan candy canes for many years (Allan was the #1 candy cane manufacturer in Canada) but Hershey bought Allan and then stopped making candy canes so that option was gone.

We now buy TruJoy candy canes at Whole Foods as they are allergy safe.

Most other candy canes in Canada are peanut-free but may contain wheat, or eggs, etc.

When we were in Florida this month we saw lots of safe Sprangler candy canes at Walmart.
Recipes & Cooking / Re: Instant Pot!
« Last post by becca on December 16, 2017, 09:25:11 PM »
That looks good.
Main Discussion Board / Disney dining
« Last post by candyguru on December 16, 2017, 07:50:21 PM »
We were at Disney World in Orlando in early December and had incredibly positive experiences with Disney dining.. the girls could eat everywhere safely... incredible.

Their allergies:

DD1: wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame
DD2: eggs, milk, tree nuts, peanuts

We ate at the following:

Grand Floridian Cafe, Grand Floridian Resort:
We had breakfast here several times and dinner once. Very allergy aware. They could make safe Mickey waffles and safe hash browns. Very allergy friendly. Dinner rolls safe too (from Deanna bakery)

Le Cellier, Epcot, Canada pavilion:
Once again, very allergy friendly. DD1 had a steak and french fries, DD2 had pasta and tomato marinara sauce, Enjoy Life cookies for dessert

Akershus, Epcot, Norway pavilion:
Character dining (princesses). DD1 had beef and corn. Enjoy Life cookies. Forgot what DD2 ate but she had rice milk ice cream (chocolate & vanilla) for dessert and loved it (Dairy-free / Nut-free)

Chef Mickey's, Contemporary Resort:
Once again, they enjoyed Mickey waffles and hash browns.

Be Our Guest, Magic Kingdom:
Very allergy friendly again. DD1 - Beef with french fries and corn, DD2 - I think she had a chicken leg with fries. Enjoy Life cookies for dessert.

Cinderella's Royal Table, Magic Kingdom:
Very very allergy friendly.. the chef, Lauren, was super allergy aware and even made extra pasta at the end of the meal to take back to the hotel since my daughter loved it. DD2 - Pasta with sun dried tomato sauce. DD1 - beef tenderloin & fries. As an appetizer, fresh strawberries. And more Enjoy Life cookies.

We stayed at the Polynesian Resort, which also had safe Mickey waffles, plus my daughters loved the french fries.

The Polynesian Resort also has Pineapple Lanai, which sells the famous pineapple Dole Whip. Both my daughters could enjoy the Dole Whip. DD1 could have vanilla and pineapple flavours.  DD2 could only have pineapple flavour as it is dairy free (the vanilla version contains milk).

Disney World is super allergy aware and we had such an easy time at all of the restaurants. The girls also ate chicken tenders or strips somewhere as well.

It was a great trip!

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