I walked up to a 13-year-old girl at school one day and questioned her about her boyfriend’s validity in a relationship I knew nothing about. I knew he wasn’t a great guy and I felt compelled to tell her at that moment. This girl immediately looked at me sideways wondering to herself “and who are you?” – After a series of really funny events like asking for her phone number and just assuming we were friends immediately and singing show tunes over the phone to her from New York City, she began to kind of like me.
In high school, having a best friend is pretty awesome. Elena was the person I could count on for everything. We fought like sisters, were complete opposite personalities in EVERY way, and were inseparable.
Elena grew up having a Peanut and Tree Nut allergy, in addition to having asthma. From the time I was 13 I was extremely aware of how life threatening these things were but never understood how difficult it must have been in the era in which we grew up in. My son is so lucky that there is more awareness around this subject, an opportunity that was never afforded to Elena.
We joke now that I had her child and she had mine. Her daughter Eloise (one of two) should be my little one. She’s tall, thin, precocious, into really girly clothes and has a personality for days. My son, loves skateboards, the beach, swimming, playing outside and has food allergies.
Thankfully going into our allergy situation, I knew what we were in for. I was always sensitive to it, always had awareness, and had a clear understanding of the difficulty surrounding the allergy subject.
I call Elena for everything allergy related. She is my allergy guru (among other things). Elena is also the daughter of an amazing Spanish Chef so she can cook her ass off.
For this #MCM Elena is sharing one of her favorite recipes. Sheryl’s Famous Apple Pie (her late mother-in-law). She’s converted the recipe to an #allergyfree option (based on Dylan’s Allergies) – The only substitution that’s been made is the flour (everything else was already allergy free)
Apple Pie Mix:
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 tbls Gluten Free Flour
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 Fresh Lemon
- 6-8 apples pared, cored & sliced (6 cups)
Combined the first three ingredients and set aside. Cut apples thinly and squeeze lemon on top of them. Place apples on your pie plate and sprinkle the set-aside dry ingredients all over the apples. Get the mixture in between the apples.
- 1/2 Cup Gluten Free Flour
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Butter Alternative
Combined all ingredients with your hands to make the texture crumbles. Spoon all the crumble on top of your pies.
Place in your over at 400 for 70minutes.
**Note: I used premade gluten free pie crust for the bottom of the pie as an addition. (Wholly Wholesome Brand)