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Humor Me! / Re: Word Association Game
« Last post by Celany on Today at 10:47:03 AM »
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Entertaining and Hospitality / Re: vegetarian, fish-free, gluten-free
« Last post by Ms_Cellany on Today at 10:43:51 AM »
Ratatouille is a wonderful, hearty, and easy-to-make dish.

But does it qualify as a main dish?


Yes.
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Entertaining and Hospitality / Re: vegetarian, fish-free, gluten-free
« Last post by TootsNYC on Today at 10:42:20 AM »
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.

I'm pretty sure they wouldn't mind if there was meat on the table. They probably wouldn't mind if we ate pork (but I won't cook pork at the same time). And DH doesn't much like the smell of fish, but he doesn't complain at other people's houses.
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Family and Children / Re: trick or treating with a toddler - rude?
« Last post by Sophia on Today at 10:37:19 AM »
We did it at that age.  We didn't do many houses.  But we coached her on saying "Trick or Treat" and "Thank You".  I had our bag of candy with for some reason and I offered it to people after they gave DD the candy. 
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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."

I actually seriously considered it.  "Oh, you don't like it?  I'm so sorry.  Here, let me clear your plate so it isn't bothersome."  She didn't seem to like the compliments on my dessert, either, but that was purely my reading of her facial expressions and body language rather than her actually saying something.
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Nichol.  *stomp, stomp, stomp*

Poster was Lotus1234 if anyone would like to read through those threads.

Thank you! It was driving me nuts I couldn't remember.
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Entertaining and Hospitality / Re: vegetarian, fish-free, gluten-free
« Last post by Mergatroyd on Today at 10:35:53 AM »
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.

Sweet potatoes do make it a bit sweeter yes, cheese defintely helps with that, as does salt and pepper.
A lot of online recipies call for not-GF friendly ingredients though, like barley, worchester sauce, soy sauce, or flour- none of which is actually necessary in a good shepherds pie. I saw one that called for tex-mex, which might be interesting.
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Family and Children / Re: trick or treating with a toddler - rude?
« Last post by lowspark on Today at 10:33:17 AM »
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.

This is exactly how I feel. I bought the candy already. I'm going to pass it out. I don't much care about the details of how old the kids are or where they live or whatever. If I was worried about that kind of stuff, I'd just turn off my lights and skip the whole thing.
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I agree that it's not your problem if this is poorly planned, but I can see how for family you're close to, you would want to do your part, at least, even if you can't come close to fixing the whole thing.

I would go with something pre-made, whether that's fast food or something you pick up from a deli. Since it doesn't sound like there's much in the way of food facilities at the hall you're limited to things that don't need to be kept either hot or cold, or eaten right away as it seems like the wedding part will come first.

I would go with bread products (rolls, muffins, bagels), fresh fruit, or something like a veggie, relish, or cheese tray from the deli. Bread, cheese, and fruit would be a substantial contribution that would not easily go bad and you could pick them up after work, and so not worry about storing them in your car all day or whatever. In a lot of grocery stores you might find all of those things in the same area near the front of the store, too (more the artisan cheeses than Kraft blocks, so $$), making it that much faster to grab and go.

Or you could volunteer to pick up plates, cups, napkins, plastic tableware, etc.. You happen to know that she hasn't even thought of that, so it's unlikely the out of town guests will think to bring those.

I would just post on FB what you're bringing, that is convenient for you, and let the hostess worry about the rest, as she should.
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Entertaining and Hospitality / Re: vegetarian, fish-free, gluten-free
« Last post by DavidH on Today at 10:28:30 AM »
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.
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