we are GFCFSF here
I have done a lot of research into this and believe it is the healthiest thing people can do to remove casein, gluten, soy and corn (since the nation's supply of corn has mostly been compromised by GMO). When I firs thought of doing this, I was intimidated by what could be left to eat? It is easy it turns out and there is plenty to eat. First of all, Ghiradelli's most likely uses GMO products. http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/S...ners/index.cfm
Try Enjoy Life chocolate chips and bars instead (if your LO can tolerate it. dd1 could not tolerate me eating dairy free chocolate either, think it was the caffeine in the chocolate. I had to be chocolate free for a year and it was very tough, but I did it rather than hear her scream. of course I had a few infractions). dd2 does fine with me eating chocolate. We have homemade almond milk and store bought hemp milk for cooking and drinking. Cow's Milk is actually detrimental to a body (IMO) and the only safe way to ingest it is raw if you choose to ingest it. http://www.milksucks.com/index2.asp
As for ice cream, let me tell you all the answer to your dreams! It is called Mimiccreme http://www.mimiccreme.com/
I looked up ways to make ice cream without a maker online, and found a few methods, but the only one that worked for us was sooooo simple. take the sweetened mimiccreme and put it in a baggie that zips close. add a few drops of flavor and zip it closed and palpate it around. (or if you want cherry or another flavor, put it in a blender or food processor first and whir it up with frozen organic cherries or blueberries... maybe a few drops of safe flavoring (I like almond flavor) then get it in bag. stick it in freezer. every 30 min or so, take the baggie out and smush it around. at some point it will get hard all around and you can't smoosh it anymore. it is then ready. I got lazy last time and just put it in freezer overnight and it was still tasty. it is not creamy like ice cream maker done this way, but there are recipes for using a maker on their site http://www.mimiccreme.com/community.html
I still havent gotten a new replacement spread for rice and potatoes because I am looking for one that is canola, soy, corn, dairy free... many people use earth balance which has a soy free variety at whole foods. but since I don't like canola anymore i dont use it. so far I am using bacon grease to cook up an onion and a potato that I have cubed up real small, or making one pot meals that have a homemade roux in them them that I make with the unsweetened mimiccreme and potato starch... I use the unsweetened version in my decaf coffee and in cooking. I would definitely recommend giving up all forms of dairy for life or at least in the first 2 years of nursing. oh yeah you mentioned cheese, there is a brand new replacement product on the market called Daiya cheese, from waht I understand it is very much like real cheese.... it is in some whole foods, http://www.daiyafoods.com/
(click where to enjoy daiya at top to find out who sells it near you) and can be purchased online too. Apparently Amy's is making GFCF mac n cheese with it too. here's to our health!