I had this idea for Food Allergy Awareness Week (coming in May) but both of the people I wanted to honor have birthdays between now and then so in the spirit of not being able to wait on gifts one apron is already on its way and the other will be heading out in the mail in a week or two!
Much like when I first began navigating food allergy friendly cooking and baking, the Teal Apron Awards are a joint effort between my mother in law and myself. I’ve made this apron pattern myself before for a bridal shower gift but this time around I selected the fabric combination and my mother in law did the sewing.
It wasn’t until I had gotten to know some of my favorite allergy friendly cookbook authors that I learned the amount of time and expense that goes into recipe creation and cookbook writing. We may complain about the expense of allergy friendly ingredients but these ladies buy those ingredients many times over as they test and re-test their recipes and tips. It is part of what makes me trust it will be worth it if I have to go find a suggested ingredient.
That said, I’d like to honor the contributions of Cybele Pascal and Colette Martin to food allergy kitchens everywhere. I know an apron is not much in the grand scheme of things but most of all I wanted to say “thank you.”
Cybele (www.cybelepascal.com) – I still remember the day you commented on my fledgling blog, I forwarded the email notification to more than one member of my family. There were weekly recipe link ups and you visited all the contributors’ sites to offer them encouragement. One of your recipes that became a staple in our home is from your first cookbook, vegan stuffed cabbages. When you signed my cookbooks you were glad the pages were stained and crinkled because they had been used – they’re even more worn today!
Colette (www.learningtoeatallergyfree.com) – thank you for not only answering my questions but the questions of those I send your way. Even when people are just adapting a recipe in general I know I can tell them to reach out to you and you’ll brainstorm with them until they figure out how to adapt their recipes for their needs. I love that you wrote a book focusing on food staples, fully understanding how non-top 8 allergens impact cooking for so many. And getting to see Donny and Marie with you last year was a blast!
Through the magic that is the internet I am so proud to call both of these women my friends. They are incredible human beings and inspirations as business women and mothers. Happy April birthday, Cybele, and happy May birthday to Colette. I hope you both enjoy your aprons!