Cooking Q&A


Can you define the conditions and restrictions of the “Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004” .


To learn more about this law, please visit the Food & Drug Administrations website at:


How do I convert a recipe to work in high altitudes?


COOKING AT HIGH ALTITUDES – decrease in air pressure occurs in excess of 3000 feet above sea level.  The elevation has a direct impact on cooking.  Water boils at a lower temperature, which directly impacts the baking process.  Moisture will evaporate more rapidly, therefore a slight increase in liquid may be necessary.  In addition, leavened items will rise more readily.  Reduction of baking powder will prevent the product from rising too rapidly or too high.  Sugar is another factor that will require adjustment.  Rapid evaporation caused by high altitude baking increases sugar concentration.  Finally, over expansion of baked goods may occur.  A slight reduction in oven temperature can prevent this problem.  Basic guidelines for high altitude cooking follows:
+3000 Feet
Reduce:Baking power 1/8 tsp per teaspoon & sugar 2 tsp per cup
Add:Approximately 1 1/2 Tbsp additional liquid
+5000 feet
Reduce:Baking powder 1/8 tsp per teaspoon & sugar 1 Tbsp per cup
Add:2-3 Tbsp additional liquid per cup
+7000 feet
Reduce:Baking powder 1/4 tsp per cup & sugar 2 Tbsp per cup
Add:3-4 Tbsp additional liquid per cup


Is it possible to eat out with my food allergic child?


It depends on your child’s allergies, the severity of your child’s allergies and the availability of restaurants in your area. It is best to contact the restaurants main office before attempting a dining out experience. Once you determine if the companies ingredients appear safe, contact the specific restaurant that you plan to visit and inquire on more specific concerns(i.e. cross contamination issues, variations of menu items, etc…). Most fast food establishments will provide you with a nutrition guide that includes ingredient information. Listed below you will find the contact information for many of the nationwide chains of fast food restaurants. If your child has multiple allergies, you may discover that a more adult oriented restaurant can provide a complete meal that is void of allergens. For example, request a child sized portion of grilled chicken, baked potato and steamed veggies. Always remind the server of your child’s allergies, the risk of cross contamination and express any concerns/questions that may arise about preparation or ingredients. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, they are vital to your child’s safety. If you find an accommodating place for your family to eat, contact the main office and express your gratitude for their helpful services.


1000 Corporate Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334

Boston Market
14103 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO 80401

Burger King
17777 Old Cutler Road
Miami, FL 33157

Chick Fil-A
1055 Windward Ridge Parkway
Alapharetta, GA 30005

Dairy Queen
7505 Metro Boulevard
P.O. Box 39286
Edina, MN 55439

Domino’s Pizza
30 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr.
P.O. Box 997
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
1-888- dominos

Dunkin’ Donuts
15 Pacella Park Drive
Randolph, MA 02368

Jack in the Box
9330 Balboa Ave.
San Diego, CA 92123

7505 Metro Boulevard
P0 Box 39286
Edina, MN 55439

Kentucky Fried Chicken
P0 Box 32070
Louisville, KY 40232

Long John Silver’s, Inc.
P0 Box 11988
Lexington, KY 40579-1988
1- (859) 543-6000

McDonald’s Nutrition Information Center
McDonald’ s Corporation
Oak Brook, IL 60523
1- 630-623-FOOD

Pizza Hut
14841 Dallas Parkway
Dallas, TX 75240

325 Bic Drive
Milford, CT 06460

Taco Bell

Wendy’s International, Inc.
4288 W. Dublin-Granville Rd.
Dublin, OH 43017