During the summer, I spend a lot of time at my gram's house with my family. We pool. We sun. We ... BBQ. I'm sure I'm not unusual in that, for me and mine, the summer is a LOT about food. And as the family gathers, and the number of people increases, so do the potential glutenings. I know no one is trying to make me sick, per se, but this lifestyle comes with a lot of stipulations and I hate having to force my difficultness down everyone's throats. The last thing I want to do on a care-free family weekend is cause drama because someone's hot dog buns are touching my chicken.
So this weekend was a test of sorts for me, to see how I fit into things now. Everyone has been really great about trying to help, and I feel really lucky in that way. But the past few meals my mom has cooked me (she is the only non-restaurant person I've let cook for me, thus far, except for Luke) have all been self-contained slowcooker meals with liners and separate utensils and me scrutinizing the ingredients.
Sunday, we grilled. Or rather, my mom and Luke grilled. I just stood there drooling and sniffing the air. We had chicken with some new GF BBQ sauce I found (it's called Stubbs, they carry it at Wal-mart, and it's pretty dang good). Luke kept mine separate by cooking it in foil. Crisis averted.
But you can't have a cookout without sides. My mom and sis went out and got some "safe" chips, cooked up some fresh sweet corn, and I made GF pasta salad (recipe forthcoming) and fruit salad, and brought some of my new addiction, Skinnypop Popcorn.
I couldn't control everything, but by making delicious GF sides that we could all share, I didn't have to feel high-maintenance, and everyone else got to see that my food can still be yummy. And, I was able to keep my shrieks of "don't let that fork touch my salad!" to a minimum.
Anyone have any tips for making summer gatherings GF friendly?