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would your guests *mind* if there was meat/chicken (from a kosher animal - let's say chicken or beef) on the table? would your husband *mind* if there was fish on the table? would you mind making two mains? cause frankly, since everyone seems to have at least one food issue, and not all the solutions are suitable for everyone, I would make one main that I know my husband likes as well as fish. so that would be something-chicken and something fish with GF sides.
So you could go italian/mediterranean - grilled herbed chicken, similar grilled fish, served with risotto or quinoa and a salad. while you're grilling you can throw in some zuchini/carrots/fennel etc to round out the meal.
or mexican - tacos (I believe there are corn based GF tacos) - with a few spreads/fillings/slaws and a choice of chicken or fish.
or asian - teriyaki chicken/beef, similar fish (i love salmon baked with teriyaki and bread crumbs), and serve with rice and stir fried vegetables.
and anything, really.
We have been to her house for dinner once and a party she co-hosted at a VFW hall. Otherwise, the loose group has gone places together here and there where we all pay our own ways.
Knowing Joan, this isn't the last of it. I don't think she'll bring food again, but that doesn't mean she won't try to needle me in other ways. I have a feeling the dessert will be brought up again in the future at some point.
I really don't understand why you invite this person over when you think she is constantly going to "needle" you.
DH insists she likes me but I don't think she does. I often avoid her as best I can, but really, it doesn't bother me; it is more like water off a duck's back. I can tolerate it for DH to spend time with her and his other friends. She doesn't play games with him, really, or most males now that I think about it. -lightbulb- Females make her feel threatened. Interesting.
I just can't imagine being a guest and complaining about the dessert option served. I think you did well. I'd been so ticked I'd probably picked up her dessert plate right then and then as she was leaving handed her back her spice roll with "I don't want to deprive you of your fall dessert."
Nichol. *stomp, stomp, stomp*
Poster was Lotus1234 if anyone would like to read through those threads.
A lot of the UK websites have savory pies. For some reason, the UK seems to have embraced this and in the US a savory pie is hard to find and rarely as good. I'd try any UK based recipe site, the BBC has some. I like the idea of the Shepard's pie without meat concept. I've also seen them with a combination of root vegetables a white sauce, and plenty of seasoning.
I personally like the white potatoes on top, maybe with cheese over the sweet potatoes, since sweet potatoes can easily make it too sweet.
A mushroom risotto with mushroom stock is also a good vegan option if you need one, but I know what you mean about it not always feeling like a full main course.
This is where I stand. As long as you are polite and make an effort at a costume, then ToT away. Grabby kids who don't say 'thank you' are rude at any age. I loathe having pre-teen strangers show up on my porch who were clearly "bused in" show up with pillowcases to fill, no real costumes and no manners.
I know there are lots of opinions on this, but bussed in, not bussed in, costume, or no costume, what difference does it make? There are so many reasons they may not have a costume (sensory issues, lack of funds, etc) or don't go out in their own neighborhood (too dangerous). The point is, we don't know their story. And as someone else said upthread, it's just a fun, silly holiday centered around giving candy to kids, so I'm pretty "meh" about even the ones who don't say thank you.