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Old 01-18-2011, 11:23 PM   #11
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But how would he know?

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Old 01-18-2011, 11:32 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Silversage
But how would he know?
If he has a very refined palate he might be able to tell there was wine in it ;)

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Old 01-18-2011, 11:54 PM   #13
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Wow. I so appreciate all the replies & shared info. He loves my stew, which calls for @ 2C of red wine. I think he probably would remember it has wine in it because we used to joke about wine making everything taste better! However, his palate is not refined enough that he'd probably taste it. I will most likely just ask his preference, though I wonder if he will let his ego say "it's fine". Thanks for the wealth of suggestions & help.
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:04 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by Andy M. View Post
With an alcoholic you have to consider the psychological effect as well. Just knowing there is alcohol in the food could cause problems for someone on the edge.
I agree with Andy. It really depends on the person who is dealing with alcoholism. I've known some that just the smell can cause them to have cravings and fall off the wagon.

Not all alcoholics are the same.
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:58 AM   #15
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I agree with Andy, too.
I would think that having alcohol, or anything given up for that matter, in any way, shape or form would be wrong for someone who has excluded that from their life.

And morally wrong to sneak it in because they might not know
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:40 AM   #16
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I believe that, as a friend, you owe it to the friend to open and aboveboard.
Whatever the reason, if the friend does not want alcohol in their life, please do not assume that they won't know. In my mind, friendship is way too precious to risk any action that might be construed as misleading. I am not trying to make a mountain out of a molehill about this. There are literally thousands of dishes that don't require wine, and most (but not all) that call for it, won't suffer from the lack of it.
As always, this is just MHO.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:01 AM   #17
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What is the source for that chart?
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:04 AM   #18
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As has been stated before you can get non-alcoholic wine. Please don't consider using regular wine in a meal for an alcoholic. Besides, good cook that you are I'm sure you can find other ways to provide a high flavor profile.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:23 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by Silversage View Post
But how would he know?

I assume, as a friend, you wouldn't invite an alcoholic to dinner and sneak booze into his food.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:28 AM   #20
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I don't believe that it is possible to avoid small quantities of alcohol in food and drinks. The definition of non alcoholic beer and wine is that it contains less than .5% alcohol. Most fruit juices contain some alcohol, as do many other products. So, the question for me becomes just how much is permissible in ones diet.

Having said that, if I were cooking for someone who does not want alcohol in their diet, I would not cook with any form of wine any more than I would serve a prime steak to a vegetarian. It's simply respect for other peoples beliefs.

OTOH, I doubt that anyone is going to fall off the wagon by consuming very small quantities of alcohol in food and drink.

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