I want to make out with an appliance.

(cue porn music here)


The Cuisinart CBK200 Bread Maker

Click on that hot little number and you can do a price check for the cheapest deal.

I make bread in that almost every day.

When I wake up in the morning, I can smell it wafting up the stairs.

The Barry White greatest hits soundtrack is running through my head as I float down to the kitchen and slither over to the machine, mouth drooling as I pull out the hot loaf that I had preset to cook overnight.

I leave the butter out the night before to be nice and soft and ready to spread on the hot, steamy deliciousness of homecooked, sulfite-free rosemary homemade yummernummerness.

No one talk to me until I am done.

Someone have a cigarette?


Seriously, this thing rocks.   In a world where I literally sometimes have to go two days without eating much of anything because I am too busy to prepare food, I can always fill up on some insanely amazing bread.  (I did not eat until 9:20pm last night after a crazy day of a kids birthday party, a lacrosse game and a 3 hour rehearsal downtown.  Wait.  Why am I not thinner?  Oh yeah.  Bread and Butter.) I have played around with different ingredients and last night I actually made the perfect loaf.  I not only have found the best flour, but the most amazing imported olive oil.

The recipe does not call for much, water, salt (I use sea salt, of course), dried rosemary (I used organic but in summer, I will dry out my own from the garden and use that), yeast, flour and oil.  The flour that I am using is Bob’s Red Mill unbleached flour, perfect for bread making.  I got mine at Whole Foods, but I am thinking I can probably get it in the organic section at The Jewel.  And the other key ingredient was this INSANELY OUTRAGEOUS amazing olive oil that I bought bootleg from my neighbor down the street, well call him Antonio (of course) and he has started to import goods from his cousin’s farm in Sicily.  He came over to our house with a basket of charmingly packaged items like olive pate, homemade marmalade, bruchetta, marinaded eggplant…I know SULFITE ALARM but I did buy the olive tapenade for Thor and one for my mom.  I got the bruchetta for me.  Yes, it has some garlic and onions in it.  Yes, I will risk it.   He was such a good salesmen, though…he was so cute with his thick accent too….he was like, “Oh-a, this, eh, marme-la-da, you pick-a da….orange?  And you pick it-a, PICK IT-A, (and he is acting it all out like little italian man charades) the orange-a and you-a, cut-a the orange-a and you eh, put it jar POOF!….”

Talking to Antonio, Thor and I were immediately taken back to our amazing Mediterranean cruise we went on two years ago and all hyped up with the reminiscent feelings of our magical adventure, were totally fooled and charmed, so we bought all this crap I can’t eat.  American suckers.

But we were smart enough to buy two bottles of the Piazza extra virgin olive oil.  You can’t get this anywhere but here and Sicily, the operation is very covert and a bit Ian Fleming.  If you want me to hook you up, let me know.  They are getting wines in 3 weeks and Limoncello.  It’s all very slutty.  They have a website that they are still working on and I will let you know when it’s up.

My point is, find a really organic, fantastic EVOO.  We have a place called The Olive Tap near us in Long Grove, Illinois that has a wonderful section of not only olive oils, but vinegars.  (Vinegar not good for us sulfite-nots)  It’s also really cool in there because they have gorgeous Italian-inspired items, knick-knacks, crap I don’t need for my kitchen.

Now, a cookbook came with my breadmaker and truthfully, I can’t make a lot of the recipes.  I do love making the french bread and my favorite is the Rosemary bread.  The machine has been a lifesaver for me and I do recommend that if you are handy in the kitchen, like MOI, and don’t have a lot of time, invest in one and you too will find that there might eventually be lipstick imprints all over the stainless steel.

And I can just bet that your favorite cycle will be “knead.”  Enjoy!




10 Responses to “I want to make out with an appliance.”

  1. 1 Jill
    March 10, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Hi Heather… I am new here and new to this horrible allergy. I am heading to work to fake my way through the day. I am fasting today just to get some work done. I really really need to connect with people who understand I am not just a moody bitch who pretends to have food allergies…. I look forward to chatting with you and your group. I am starving to death….when I eat …. its ALL OVER! SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but… I still have total faith in GOD!!! Thanks for this blog! I will return very soon! zooom zooom zooom off I go to take on the WORLD! -JILL

    • March 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      Welcome, Jill! So sorry to hear that you are having such a hard time…when and how were you diagnosed and what are your symptoms? Why are you fasting, are you on an elimination diet? Make sure to keep yourself healthy so you have energy to get through the day!

  2. 3 Jill
    March 10, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I am at work now… thank you for posting… I ate some yogurt yesterday. Greek, plain… and all day I was a MONSTER…. wanted to kill everyone and jump off a building. I had NO focus and snowy vision…. major pressure between my eyes…………. EARS ALWAYS RINGING!!!!! the more people were nice the more I snapped………… so ate jasmine rice and veeggies last night. NO beer or wine or such…filtered water….. bed early…. just organic coffee plain this morning so far…. brought some rice and plain veggies (califlower) for lunch…. but AFRAID to eat… I have so much to do here….. going to lose my job if this shit continues…….. If you have a list of what I can eat. I can’t even have a blow pop sucker with out having a reaction………. I have more history to share with you on my allergies… but you know. Work is calling! Thanks again !!! so happy I am not alone!

    • March 10, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      I am surprised about the greek yogurt. You must be super sensitive, I am so sorry!
      Make sure to join the sulfite allergy group on yahoo. There is link to it on my link page. Those woman are amazing over there and very helpful. Tell them I sent you from my blog.
      I am really looking forward to hearing your whole story and maybe we can help you even better….I have a list of things that I can eat, but it may not be limited enough for you….Here is a link to that post
      Stay strong! Just fill yourself up on the things that don’t make you sick until you can add to that list…hang in there, poor girl, I feel your pain!

  3. 5 Jill
    March 11, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Thank you so much! I will keep you posted! I had a better day yesterday but only ate jasmine rice and boiled chicken….. uggh! Thanks again!!!!!

  4. 6 Jill
    March 11, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Oh boy…. had a great morning but they brought lunch in and all I had was non breaded chicken and black beans (Moes) and I just KNEW not to eat it….. ha… all afternoon… wtf? how do you guys deal with this? All I can live on is broiled chicken and rice??? I am so upset…. I am home now and stopped for a shot of 1800 and serria nevada beer… I am feeling so much more alive but so freaked out that tomorrow is gonna suck………… and I am starving……. I am gonna make organic chicken…… with my 1800…haaha I am laughing so loud…wish I could drink this at work………… weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! ok…really… how do you guys function ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? I had such a good day on Thursday they wanted me in management. Today…….. they wanted to put me on the street……………….. friggin hate this…. HELP… I know you all know my pain…. lets all go live on an island……….. ugh!

  5. 7 Kara
    March 16, 2011 at 4:04 am

    HI Jill,
    Sorry you are having such a hard time! It does SUCK to try and find foods that are safe…and I hate when I get in the AFRAID to eat modes! Sadly, sometimes you just have to fake it, until you make it! It does eventually get easier to manage,…I PROMISE……..at least most days! Just keep explaining it’s a food allergy…people will get it, or they won’t!

    Here is a list of my basics that I stick to when I eat something I shouldn’t have… I know these are pretty safe at least for me and I am pretty sensitive to sulfites:

    *Chicken…LOTS an LOTs of chicken
    *plain white rice
    *Honey Nut Cheerios…not sure if everyone can do this…but I can
    *Honey wheat braided pretzels by Great Value (walmart) I honestly have a bag of these at home, work and in my purse at all times….it’s my go to food when I’m STARVING!
    *Oatmeal-I use honey, cinnamon and C&H sugar (the pkg specifically marked no beet sugar..I couldn’t do their reg sugar) to sweeten
    *baked potato
    *steak……..thankfully I have found a local bar that has a Thursday night steak night and it’sAWESOME (not sure what they season it with, but it’s awesome and I’ve never reacted to it….sadly steak and baked potato has become my happy hour!
    *tap water, milk, foldgers coffee, and some crystal light drinks are all that I’ve found that are safe for me, but not all (I can do strawberry, orange, banana and the to go energy wild strawberry…I keep the “to go” kind in my purse so that I don’t have to have only water when everyone else is drinking pop or some yummy fruity alcoholic drink that I can’t have. Yes, it’s sad, but it helps…at least it’s not water!
    *Orowheat multigrain sandwhich thins
    *Oscar Myer Deli smoked turkey
    *Bordon American Cheese
    *Nestle (I think, it’s the blue bottle with red writing) French vanilla coffee creamer

    I avoid at ALL cost:
    *carmel coloring (this is in all dark sodas, and almost every food product, especially if it’s prepackaged)
    *gellatin…it’s in a Lot more than you would expect it to be in.
    *ANY vinegar…some say distilled is OK….NOT for me!
    *ANY condiment is EVIL! …have found I can use olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon as a dressing on salads (I only use lettuce I buy in a bunch or head and I wash it really well…nothing bagged or out at a restaurant!)
    *all alcohol…at least I do for now! 😦 It’s just not worth feeling like shit for 3 days over 1 little drink….I haven’t found anything yet that my body will tolerate.
    *and of course ANYTHING ending in the word sulfite!

    I’m sure I’m forgetting something else that I avoid…..but I hope this helps a little! Hang in there!

  6. 8 Rebecca
    May 23, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I have sulfite allergies and have done my research. This is what helped me most
    Here is what helps reduce the reactions:
    vitamin B-12 in high doses
    quercetin helps reduce allergic reactions and histamines
    take Molybdenum every day. This is a mineral used by the liver to break down sulfites. Or if you have RA, eat foods high in molybdenum instead, as it can increase your uric acid levels and cause joint pain.
    high dosages of probiotics eliminate the bad bacteria in your body and prevent allergies.

    Get yourself a good antifungal, like coconut oil or olive lead extract to eliminate bad bacteria and viruses in your body that weaken you. Eat healthy and exercise to rebuild your immune system.

    Yogurt with no pectin or gelatin or corn starch is completely sulfite free (usually Greek yogurt).
    My kid has five food allergies, so some of my research came from what I had to find to help him too.

    • July 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      Rebecca, Thanks so much for your suggestions…I love greek yogurt and it is a staple for me, with a little local honey:)
      …I have not really experimented with taking any vitamins…mainly because I am worried about a reaction…what brands do you recommend? Do you know if Molybdenum is hard on your liver? Coconut oil is very high in sulfites and I get a strong reaction…do you not?

  7. 10 Marybeth
    March 9, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Thanks for your info! This allergy is new for me and I have been wishing I could meet an experienced no-sulfite eater for recipe help!

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