Hi, Kaddehawk. Welcome to DC. There are plenty of other members here who cook from scratch, so you are among friends. As for your food allergy question, I'm sure you'll find others who share your situation. Take a few minutes to look through our forums to see all we have to offer. Glad you've found us.
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!