Monday, May 12, 2008

Mother's day dinner..

We went over to W's parents house yesterday for dinner.
I picked out this recipe for egg flan with purple potatoes from La Tartine Gourmande. I love this blog. A food stylist and writer makes delicious food and takes beautiful pictures that she displays here. It isn't all gluten free but there is a category of gluten free recipes. Eye candy for sure! Makes you feel good about being gluten free! Here are some of our ingredients:







It was so easy to make, just like a fritatta.
For dessert I made maple sweetened lemon pudding from the April/May Living Without magazine. I loved that issue for all of it's sugar alternative recipes.
I also made a meringue for the top where I just substituted agave nectar for the sugar.
We put a few candied lemon peel slices that we made ( these had sugar) on top. It was really good.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

A Big Warning About Optimum Health Resources

Two years after giving up gluten I started to get this "eye pain" when I ate certain foods. It took me a long time just to realize that is was foods causing these headaches. Once I did, I spent the next 3 years trying to figure out what foods caused this pain. Other foods would make my nose completely stuffed up. I tried asking doctors about it and I got a xray of my sinuses because for a long time I thought it was my sinuses. It wasn't, at least the eye pain wasn't.

Then this past November I was just so frustrated and desperate with these food triggered headaches I decided to spend the money and get an allergy test. I decided to do the at home finger prick test, a 96 food panel for allergies from Optimum Health Resources ( formerly York Laboratories) The test cost $347. Some websites actually recommended this company (including celiac.com) On Optimum Health Resource's website it says that they were featured in Women's First magazine. So I thought it was a reputable company.

I don't know why I didn't search the forums for reviews like I do before buying anything or going anywhere for a service. BIG MISTAKE on my part. An even bigger mistake not to try to contact them before I ordered the test.

It wasn't until 8 weeks went by after sending the test back ( on their site it says it takes 6-8 weeks to get results back) that I started to do more research on them. Then I found all of the complaints on the message boards of glutenfreeforum.com. I started to get worried. At this point I called and left a message and e-mailed the company, expecting some response. I received no response whatsoever. They don't actually have a phone number where you can reach someone, it's just a machine. I continued to call and e-mail and leave messages.

On the forum some people said that they did get their results eventually after 12 weeks, so I still had hope, but the weeks kept passing. This all started 6 months ago!! Still no word from them. I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and still they did not reply. I urge anyone who is having similar problems with them to file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and please contact me. Maybe a group of people with have more impact than just one person.

If anyone has any advice I welcome it. I am not sure what my next step should be to get my money back. Could I take them to small claims court even though they are across they U.S.? Or should I contact a Florida Newspaper/News channel? I have no idea.

Please, Please DO NOT use Optimum Health Resources. It is unbelievable that they continue to take (steal) people's money. They should not be allowed to do business.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Will be posting again very soon.

Well, we moved a few blocks away from the beach and we've been busy packing and we finally moved in today.


Plenty of pics to post as well as some recipes if I remember correctly. It'll be very interesting to see how the farmers market is over here compared to the one in Pasadena.