|Posted by Tom Dickinson on October 5, 2011 at 1:05 AM||comments (102)|
I never thought that this would happen to me. That this dream that I had searched out over a year ago would be happening for a second time. PIctured above is me, holding in my arms two cookbooks. Both of them written by me, andf the last one submitted on September 30th to the U.S. Copyright officve. I can't believe this is happening.
My goal with writing Cooking With CLASS is to get adults who are on the Autism Spectrum in the kitchen cooking meals for themselve,s and getting the parents to cook with their kids instead of just for them. Both books have been geared for that and both are gluten, casein, and soy free.
But I wonder sometimes if I"m doing too much self-promoting. What my reason is for writing these books. I know I want to help the families. I want to give back, and I wnat the parents to have some great resources and some good choice of good, wholesome, tasty food that is safe to eat. I know some people may think "Yeah right, Chef Tom. You just wnat to be on food network. You just want to be able to rub noses with Emeril Lagasse and be a culinary rock star like the Iron Chefs."
Nothing could be further from the truth.
No, I don't want to be a rockstar. And if food network offered me a spot on their roster, I would probably accept, if it had to do with Autism and GFCF Cooking. Otherwise no way. YOu know why I do this? Other than the fact that I love food? I do this for the kids. Kids who need to have good things to eat. I do this for the moms who sacrifice everything ot make sure their kids are taken care of. I do it for kids like Wyatt Green, Tafari Tipton, and Carson Honaker(I know all their moms. Awesome ladies.). They're the ones that I want to see become rock stars. Not me. And if I can help them along the way, then to God be the glory.
So take the time, check out the books in my cookbook store section of the website, and I hope you enjoyed this blog. Love you guys.
GFCF Chef Tom
|Posted by Tom Dickinson on October 2, 2011 at 3:25 PM||comments (3)|
Love, peace, and GFCF grease, everyone,
I wanted to make an entry into my blog about this picture above here. Friday night I stumbled upon this list that has been posted on facebook known as the Autism Community International Blacklist. A lot of people have been named on here as bullies who harass autistic people. Named wrongly I might add.
I posted on this page telling them how wrong the were about people who they were listed, and I ended up listed as well. My wife went on this page and stuck up for me, and she was also listed. This page has also listed minors on their as well as cyber bullies. One of them being a ten year old child, who's name I won't say out of respect for the family and their privacy.
So this is my message to whoever has started this blacklist. You have no idea what you are doing and what you have done. All you have done is create a giant den of Mama Bears who are ready to come out swinging for their children. I've always said that if I was in a dark corner, who would I want to have as my back up. A group of marines or a group of autism mothers. I would pick the moms hands down. You've angered a lot of people who are on the Autism spectrum who are adults. Myself included. How dare you name my wife, for sticking up for her husband. Now you've made me angry!!
Also, to the creators of this website, you have alienated the largest group of autism resources that you could ever have at your disposal and will never be able to communicate with again because you've been blocked. Just this weekend I have had the privelige to meet so many people fighting for their kids, friend them on facebook, and begi nnetworking wiht them. I have also reconnected witth the Canadian National Autism Foundation, who I stand behind 100% and they are helping me to promote my new cookbook, Cooking With CLASS. Not to mention I connected with yet another member of Warriors For Autism, another group that I stand behind 100%(I wear my camo hat to prove it).
So in closing, the only thing I want to say to the creators of that list, and I"ll be sharing this link on facebook, and the creators of this list know who they are. You have opened up a gigantic can of worms that you aren't going to be able to handle, and just closed yourself off to a great group of people who are doing everything they can for thei families and others. The people that I write my cookbooks and create my GFCF recipes for. You thought you'd divide everyone, but you've just brought a whole bunch of autism advocates closer together. To the people who created the Blacklist, we all have to face our maker some day, and what are you going to say when it's your turn. Thnk about it.
All the best,
GFCF Chef Tom
|Posted by Tom Dickinson on December 29, 2010 at 11:12 AM||comments (4)|
I came up with this recipe because iknow that a lot of kids who are on the Autism Spectrum also have allergies to soy and eggs, so here's my own version of soy free, no egg mayonnaise. Enjoy.
No egg soy free mayonnaise
1 cup of Mimicreme
1 ½ teaspoons of Yuzu Juice or three teaspoons of lemon or lime juice
2 teaspoons of mustard
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of GFCF approved oil (I used grapeseed, but canola works great as well)
Place all the ingredients, except the oil into the blender and start on a low setting.
Slowly, drizzle in the oil a small amount at a time until the mixture begins to thicken
Once the mixture is thick and creamy, shut off the blender, pour into a container and refrigerate.
Chef’s Note: Mimicreme works really well for this because it’s soy free and it adds to the creaminess like an egg mayonnaise. Also you can add chipotle chilis and garlic to this to make a great chipotle aioli. Curry powder to make curry mayo, and the possibilities are endless.
|Posted by Tom Dickinson on April 13, 2010 at 10:37 AM||comments (2)|
People have asked me at times why I chose to take this route. Take the route of cooking gluten free casein free food and make it my own cuisine. They also askd me what my connection was to Autism. Well I'm going to answer that for you.
My connection to Autism is me. I discovered that when I was a child, I was diagnosed and a high functioning Autistic. Basically, I fell under the category of Asperger's Syndrome. I remembered as a child that I would flap my hand, that I would throw a lot of fits, and I would get angry a lot and I didn't know why my temper was so short. Now I know why. My mom also remembered telling me that she took me to the doctor and the doctor told her that I was highly allergic and my mom didn't know what I was allergic to. Turns out I did have a gluten and dairy intolerance and the reason why I couldn't conentrate when I was a kid is not because I was lazy, it was because I was raised on raw milk and homemade bread my whole life.
Thankfully, as an adult I found out about this almost three years ago and I have done things to change it. I've changed my diet, started taking supplements to help me focus, and I take digestive enzymes and yeast fighters to help as well. A lot of things have changed, and the one thing that I learned when I discovered this is that I knew God had made me this way so I could help oother people like me. That's why I started GFCF Fusion and am dedicated to helping parents of cihldren who are Autistic. I also want to set an example of yes, I have Autism, but Autism, doesn't have me. Thank you.