•Two gluten free candy lists at About.com 2015 or CDF Candy List.
• Warning: Some candy bars that are normally GF are not gluten free if they are in holiday shapes or are miniaturized. (i.e. York Peppermint Patty, Butterfinger)
Thanksgiving & Christmas
• Butterball & Honeysuckle Turkey (and more brands) are GF.
(Butterball even has a GF gravy packet)
• Beware of how the turkey is cooked. If possible, ask the host to keep stuffing and gravy separated from the turkey so you can enjoy the main entrée. If the turkey is made in a cooking bag, it is possible that flour is used to coat the bag so the turkey doesn’t stick to it. Ask your host if cornstarch can be used instead.
• Honey Baked Ham and Honey Baked Roasted or Smoked Turkey are GF.
• Pumpkin (Libby’s canned is GF) or apple pie are easily made GF. For crust, consider using Bob’s Red Mill Pie Crust Mix. It makes 2 crusts and is available at Marc’s.
Gluten free social situations:
BYOM (Bring Your Own Meal)
-Consider bringing something in a covered serving dish, that is easily reheated in microwave and is without much fuss.
-Make it “substantial” (with protein and veggies),
–Serve yourself first … (prevents cross contamination)
-Make sure it’s something special, so you do not feel deprived … and others do not feel sorry for you.
• If the meal is served buffet-style, be the first in line before other serving utensils contaminate your GF dish.
• Or…You could also go through the line first and then stow away your plate, and eat later.
• Let your host or hostess know your strategy before the event. After all, you are bringing a dish to share so hostess should be willing to accommodate you too!
When you’re the host:
Make all dishes GF — -your guests might not even realize they ate a GF meal! Select naturally GF items.
If guests want to contribute, have them bring:
• Disposable paper plates, paper goods
• Music or movies to play, favorite board games
• Only desserts, then relegate all contributed desserts to a separate area … safely away from you and your wonderful GF meal!
For office/cocktail parties:
• Consider eating before you go—then nibble.
• Usually cheese, fruit, sliced raw vegetables, hummus, and wine are available. Distilled alcohol is gluten free. Watch mixed drinks.
Catered formal events:
• If possible, speak directly to the caterer, not the “organizer,” to ascertain what (if anything) can be GF.
• Wedding? If you have a relationship with the bride, she may be thrilled that you offered to call the caterer yourself! One less thing for her to do!
Be prepared with an answer if someone wants to know why you are choosy with some food choices…
• Like … “This food looks so good but even a tiny bit of gluten just makes me really sick no matter how delicious the food is.”
• Friends, relatives, or others do not mean to be cruel or unfeeling — they just haven’t had to walk in your shoes!
• You have to make your good health a priority!
• What is the main reason for you attending?
To enjoy family, friends or colleagues!!! So show up with that positive attitude… but always make your health your number one priority!