Monday Mashup! November 5, 2012

Welcome back to a couple of semi-normal weeks before we are bombarded with yet another food-related brightly dyed holiday! Whew.  Man, I’m tired just thinking about it.  

On the first Monday of each month I pose a question to you readers.  Leave your answers in a comment, and the CommentLuv feature will let you choose to display some of your own blog posts in your signature.  Last month’s Monday Mashup question was about Halloween so this time I want your Thanksgiving-ish tips and tricks.  

Question:  How do you plan to navigate Fall events away from home, such as the traditional Thanksgiving feast, a festival, or a school luncheon?  Will you skip them?  Will you prepare anything to bring with you (if so, care to share the recipe)?  Will you have to explain your dietary needs to others?  Are you already dreading it???

Or, are you lucky/unlucky enough to be hosting a big event at your own home with your own menu?

Can you tell I’m a little worried?

Okay, let’s hear it!  (And don’t forget the recipes part…I need all the help I can get!)

4 Responses to “Monday Mashup! November 5, 2012”
  1. I used to dread explaining our diet, but the more times I do it, the better it gets. I’m more concise (I used to feel compelled to tell their whole life story every time, it seems) and people have been fairly supportive.

    In past years, to get past the cost of traditional American/Thanksgiving foods here, we’ve always had a potluck with other American families. We’ll probably still go, but maybe we’ll make several dishes so we have options. I might also talk to a few of my friends who support our diet and see if they can make their dishes additive-free, too.

    Luckily my favorite thanksgiving dish (mashed potatoes) is easy to make with no artificial junk. Lots of whole milk and butter
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  2. My family is 100% on-board with our dietary restrictions. And while some of them (*cough my sister *cough*) might think it’s a waste of time, they all do their best to either bring the package ingredients lists, or else make sure it’s safe first. (Although sometimes someone might make a big deal about some food or treat without letting me check first, only to find that MY child can’t have it, and they all eat it right in front of her! ARGH!)

    Since we don’t need to avoid dairy or apples or anything “basic,” it’s getting easier and easier to just avoid artificial ingredients.

    My sisters make their pies from scratch, so I’ve offered to supply dye-free Marie Callender’s frozen crusts or Trader Joe’s or Immaculate Baking Co’s pie crust dough rolls if they aren’t making the crusts from scratch too. (Yes. Pillsbury’s and store-brands have DYE! I hadn’t even thought to LOOK until months after we’d switched to dye-free!) And both sisters use real vanilla for baking, not fake.

    Everything else is from scratch too, and our go-to drink at holiday events is Martinelli’s sparkling cider, so I don’t have to worry about fake stuff there.

    Oh. Maybe the blob of canned cranberry goo, but I never eat that, and my daughter wouldn’t either, so we’ll be safe. My sister usually makes some from scratch anyway, in a small batch, because she hates the “cranberry Jell-o.”

    I found safe marshmallows online (at as well as at Whole Foods, for the sweet potato thing.

    I’m not really a cook, so I will make whipped cream this year, since the canned stuff is right out for us. And bring dinner rolls. I’m crazy good at BUYING stuff! 😉

  3. Emily says:

    Ah! I cook ALOT! because I feel like I have to. I feel guilty asking people to follow our dietary requirement. I am sure you can sympathize.

    At my parents: My mom does a lot of the cooking. There will be things we can’t eat but there will be a lot of things we can. She supports our diet.

    At my husband’s family: My mother-in-law is also on a strict allergy diet (Lots of different allergies to food). So, she understands and is somewhat supportive of our diet. However, my sister-in-laws don’t understand and think it is useless. At this gathering, I make sure that I make everything my boys will want to eat . . . even if it means there will be two dishes of the same thing.

    The good thing about Thanksgiving and Christmas is there are plenty of veggies which are usually pretty safe for us!

    LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! Thank you for what you do!!!

  4. Paula says:

    Being older and dealing with hubby’s dye allergies, we have Thanksgiving here…so all we have to worry about are the dishes others bring. We have a small family so EVERYONE knows about his allergies….he gets teased alot but he takes in all in fun–his allergy developed post-traumatic brain injury so its all in perspective.
    I basically cover the whole meal so anything brought is an “Extra”. My biggest pain is Turkey Gravy. I dont make it well just before serving, too much stress. So i roast Turkey drumsticks in advance and make a small amount of For Hubby Only gravy. Then i am free to buy the Wegmans brand Culinary Gravy which is yummy and not TOO bad additive wise for the rest of us.
    The Wegmans chain in the Northeast does offer options but labels must be read SO carefully because seemingly safe items are really not.
    Those dang pie crusts! One of his worst reactions was to a Mrs. Smith frozen pie crust. it was BAD. I use the box Jiffy Pie Crust and they seem to be fine…the packaging is too small for two nice sized crusts though so end up using a box plus about 1/3 of a second box.
    Good luck to all, LOVE this site. Revamping our emergency food post Sandy, that was a great list.

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