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Spring is here and Easter and Passover season is in the wind. While it’s a joy to share traditions with family and friends, keeping kitchens allergy-safe or gluten-free can be challenging. Enter Allergic Living’s Chef Simon to serve up some great menu ideas.

Spring Lamb
• Your guests will go ga-ga (and we don’t mean the meat-dress-wearing singer) for Chef Simon’s Harissa Rack of Lamb.

• Swoon-worthy: Roast Leg of Lamb with Fresh Mint Sauce.

Centerpiece Chicken
• Go organic and kosher for this absolute classic: Lemon and Thyme Chicken.

Easter Opener
• Start off guests with fresh green deliciousness: Watercress and Pea Soup.

Perfect for Passover
• Our friend Cybele Pascal, author of The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook, dishes up this divine Potato Leek Kugel that avoids gluten and all top allergens.

• Your child is egg-free? No problem. A new company called Eggnots has launched a line of ceramic eggs that dye and paint beautifully. U.S. residents order your dozen before the March 27 deadline here.

• Another safe choice is wooden eggs, which are widely available online. Canadians, see the eco-friendly eggs at Abbysprouts.com, while Amazon.com has a similar product here for U.S. residents.
The year 2012 has so many safe Easter goodie options; it’s a delight to see. Check out Allergic Living’s annual list of the best allergy-safe Easter rabbits and eggs, but note that online ordering must be done very soon.
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• As a grown woman, how can I develop a food allergy? Read  
• Navigating the Minefields at College
College is an exciting time of life. But it can present challenges for students who must follow a gluten-free diet, since they find that safe meal options aren’t readily available.
   Fortunately, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) has prepared great, downloadable resources to guide you. Plus, there’s helpful information for parents, too. Visit NFCA here.

• Celiac Crosses Paths with Thyroid Disease
Having celiac disease gives you a greater chance of having thyroid disease but, unfortunately, going on a gluten-free diet doesn’t appear to slow the progression. Read
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March 31, FAAN food allergy conf., Chicago.
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April 18, 8:30 p.m. ET: NFCA webinar: a healthy weight when gluten-free. more
April 25, FAI Spring Luncheon, New York. more
April 28, FAAN Walks for food allergy, Orlando and Cincinnati. more
April 28, First-ever walk-a-thon for eczema, Asheville, N.C. more
May 14, FAI’s first Chicago Spring luncheon, featuring NYT food writer Mark Bittman. more
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Inside the Spring issue:
  • Essay: “Time to End Food Allergy Tragedies”.
  • Gluten’s Link to Autism: latest research.
  • Author John Grisham on his own allergy mystery.
  • Take Back Spring! Our 17 creative ways.
  • 30-min Spring Suppers: no gluten or top allergens.
  • The latest news and more.