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Old 06-23-2009, 05:32 AM   #21
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vyopti, exactly. If the guest of honor (birthday, visiting from out of town, etc) has different dietary needs (extreme food allergies, vegetarian in all of its many forms, diverticulitis, diabetic, etc), then I DO go the whole nine yards to make an entire meal with them in mind, just as I make lasagna when certain friends visit because I know it is their favorite and it's just once a year. On the other hand when it is a regular thing and I'm cooking for a dozen or more, I just make sure there are enough dishes on the table for the guest to be able to make a meal. Once a young diabetic friend was visiting and her mother commented to me and my mom that she really appreciated that we'd sweetened a lot of stuff with an artificial sweetener the young lady could eat! We laughed because we don't have a sweet tooth among us and just preferred leaving things unsweetened (believe me, in the south if you don't ask for it unsweetened a non-diabetic could go into a coma and lose all their teeth drinking the tea) or use alternative sweeteners. The thing is you want to be a good host, but at some point it becomes almost i mpossible to take everyone's needs and desires into account for every dish in every meal.

The other thing I do a lot is potluck. In our group the host makes the main dish and everyone else brings appetizers, sides, desert. That way a fussy eater is guaranteed to have at least one dish he/she truly likes and meets his/her needs.

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Old 06-23-2009, 06:31 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by larry_stewart View Post
oh, i forgot pizza:
Classic sauce and cheese, white, salad, eggplant, white with garlic spinach.
cheese calzone
broccoli or spinach /cheese stromboli...
I second the Margarita pizza (I know I added, but it is a classic).


If eating tasty stuff is a sin, I am certainly going south.
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