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    Book club luncheon

    DDW
    Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:40 am
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    Hi all!

    I'm hosting a lunch for our book club next month because one of our members is moving to TX. We typically pick a restaurant each month and meet there. I wanted to have something more special since it's a going away too. I have it mostly planned but would love any input or ideas from you all. We have 1 vegetarian, and 1 that has to eat gluten free. I'm hoping my mix will give everyone something and they don't leave hungry. If we are all there, our headcount will be 8.

    Menu:

    My Grandmother's Chicken Pasta salad - very meaty and lots of veggies/etc. in it.

    Spinach Pear Salad with curried cashews (will serve the bacon on the side so it can be vegetarian)

    Deviled Eggs (figured some protein for my 2 with restrictions and I always have bowls of nuts out at my house for other nibbles)

    Fresh Fruit

    Homemade dinner rolls


    Maybe a small sweet of some sort but not sure what, would want it to be gluten free. No one has dessert typically but this is more of special occasion.

    What do you think? Any suggestions? Pondering drinks, some special lemonade or wine spritzer?


    Thanks for any input!

    Doni
    duonyte
    Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:41 pm
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    you can use gluten-free pasta in your chicken pasta salad to make it available to more people - we did this at a recent potluck and people could not tell the difference, which simplified things for us.

    These brownies seemed to be well-received by folks who need GF at some potlucks that i've taken it to, Rice Flour Brownies


    And these little rolls are GF - I make them for us because the taste really good and we love them with a glass of wine, Brazilian Cheese Puffs - Pao De Queijo (Gluten Free)

    I like both of these recipes because the don't require xantham or guar gum, which I don't want to buy since we are not celiacs, and I only bake GF for bake sales and potlucks.

    I've also meaning to try this since it just sounds so good, Lemon Ricotta-Almond Cake ( Gluten-Free )
    mickeydownunder
    Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:11 am
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    DDW wrote:
    Hi all!

    I'm hosting a lunch for our book club next month because one of our members is moving to TX. We typically pick a restaurant each month and meet there. I wanted to have something more special since it's a going away too. I have it mostly planned but would love any input or ideas from you all. We have 1 vegetarian, and 1 that has to eat gluten free. I'm hoping my mix will give everyone something and they don't leave hungry. If we are all there, our headcount will be 8.

    Menu:

    My Grandmother's Chicken Pasta salad - very meaty and lots of veggies/etc. in it.

    Spinach Pear Salad with curried cashews (will serve the bacon on the side so it can be vegetarian)

    Deviled Eggs (figured some protein for my 2 with restrictions and I always have bowls of nuts out at my house for other nibbles)

    Fresh Fruit

    Homemade dinner rolls


    Maybe a small sweet of some sort but not sure what, would want it to be gluten free. No one has dessert typically but this is more of special occasion.

    What do you think? Any suggestions? Pondering drinks, some special lemonade or wine spritzer?


    Thanks for any input!

    Doni


    I have a Gluten free Hazelnut (Frangelico) Tiramisu Donut recipe...can easily be made into mini cupcakes etc



    Has quite a bit of gluten free ingredients easily obtained at a local health food store icon_smile.gif
    SarasotaCook
    Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:04 am
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    I like the idea of the gluten free pasta; I can't tell the difference either.

    Make sure to label the food, so everyone knows what is in it; I always do that with a party and people seem to appreciate it (unless they are close friends). I just do a small card, pretty printed by the recipe to let those know what is in it.

    The vegetarian, find out what kind. Some eat eggs, some don't, some will eat a mayo product, some don't. Otherwise, you only have salad for the vegetarian.

    You could grill the chicken and cut it up on the side like the bacon for the salad; that way it is vegetarian or not. A nice option and NO ADDITIONAL work.

    I also love warm baked olives. vegetarian, easy to make, just mix and bake. Also, leftovers are easily used and it is always a hit at a party. Just a thought. Like the nuts; make sure no allergies is using mixed nuts. My nuts didn't include peanuts, but it had peanut oil which I toasted them in. I didn't know one friend had an allergy. She asked, and didn't eat them, but I didn't know. I am really cautious when I serve nuts these days. That is why I write down the ingredients. Seems silly, but my friends really appreciate it.
    mickeydownunder
    Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:13 pm
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    SarasotaCook wrote:
    I like the idea of the gluten free pasta; I can't tell the difference either.

    Make sure to label the food, so everyone knows what is in it; I always do that with a party and people seem to appreciate it (unless they are close friends). I just do a small card, pretty printed by the recipe to let those know what is in it.

    The vegetarian, find out what kind. Some eat eggs, some don't, some will eat a mayo product, some don't. Otherwise, you only have salad for the vegetarian.

    You could grill the chicken and cut it up on the side like the bacon for the salad; that way it is vegetarian or not. A nice option and NO ADDITIONAL work.

    I also love warm baked olives. vegetarian, easy to make, just mix and bake. Also, leftovers are easily used and it is always a hit at a party. Just a thought. Like the nuts; make sure no allergies is using mixed nuts. My nuts didn't include peanuts, but it had peanut oil which I toasted them in. I didn't know one friend had an allergy. She asked, and didn't eat them, but I didn't know. I am really cautious when I serve nuts these days. That is why I write down the ingredients. Seems silly, but my friends really appreciate it.


    Thanks TWINIE! I always write down everything too as when it is written down the chances of forgetting is less unless I can't find the paper I wrote it down on to lol

    WHOO HOO!
    DDW
    Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:28 am
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    I had been thinking about warm olives - will add! Everyone always loves them and it's something different. I've known all these gals for years so I know what they will eat and not eat so I'm safe in that department. Our vegetarian eats all things except meat, pretty much orders salads at all our lunches out so I know she will be happy. Will do some experimenting with the gluten free pasta.
    SarasotaCook
    Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:47 am
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    Glad you know everyone ... makes it easier for you.

    The gluten free you would be amazed, can't really tell the difference these days.

    I mix a bunch of different olives, lemon, onion and fresh herbs. Add some wine, a drizzle of olive oil, and bake. Nothing more. You can add fennel too which is good. But just bake and they come out perfect.
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