Editor's NoteFeb/Mar 2014 Issue

Take Comfort

Alicia Woodward

Alicia Woodward

Whether you’re new to a special diet or you’ve been navigating this lifestyle for a while, I know there are days when you could use a hand, not to mention some recipes that work every time. Our theme this issue is finding peace in the storm, no matter the circumstances or your special dietary needs.

Those of us on special diets can get hit hard when hurricanes, tornadoes or wildfires strike. In “Disaster Relief,” we take you through the steps of preparing for the worst so that you and your family can best weather any storm. We also shine a spotlight on the growing network of support for those with celiac disease and food allergies. The special-diet community is now mobilizing to help those in need during natural emergencies.

But there doesn’t have to be this type of devastation for you to need some extra support. That’s why we packed this issue with ways to make your day-to-day life easier and more delicious.

In “Take Comfort in Your Food,” food editor Beth Hillson refashions favorite comfort dishes, like onion soup and shepherd’s pie, without gluten and the top allergens so that you can truly relax and savor them. In “Homemade Biscuits,” Cara Reed creates fresh, flaky biscuits that deliver all the classic taste and texture without troublesome ingredients. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Los Angeles bakery owner Debbie Adler shares her allergy-friendly recipes in “Chocolate Cupcakes.” And registered dietitian Matthew Kadey introduces amazingly creative and nutritious new ways to enjoy your food.

As the last of winter has you reaching for another sweater and longing for a warm and cozy meal, find comfort in these pages.

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