04 Sep Ask Flora: Grilling for Special Diets and Free Garden Resources
We love to entertain but it seems like these days we always need to ask about people’s food allergies before entertaining them. Don’t get me wrong-I’m not complaining-but it does seem that allergies are more rampant. I have a sister on a special diet, another wanting low-fat everything and a friend’s son who is deathly allergic to peanuts. Yikes! By the time we all get together, I wonder how I can feed everyone while keeping the issues in mind? Do you have any suggestions?
-Don’t Wanna Kill Anyone
Dear Don’t Wanna Kill-
I commend you. And I noticed that my son’s school lunchroom this morning had a table that said “peanut-free” on it. What a pain to be set apart-but of course it’s not worth the risk for many people. It’s very, very important that you take your guest’s special diets in mind when entertaining-if you can. Also remember that for some people, cross-contamination is an issue so if you make a sauce with peanuts (for instance) and put it on meat that goes on the grill, you cannot put on a plain piece afterward without the possibility of getting peanuts on the new piece as well. Grill them on a clean grate, at opposite ends.
We have dietary restrictions in my family and we just discovered Grill CharmsTM. They are a charm with a serrated post that you can insert in your meat while you are grilling or baking. Then you can keep people’s specific pieces separated. It also works well if you are making some spicy meat and some less-seasoned. I highly recommend it if you are cooking for people with allergies!
Do you have some free resources for gardening?
-Cheap but Want to Learn
Dear “Frugal” (smile)-
Yes! How about some free e-books? You can download them for free from Garden Visit in the month of October only as a special promotion. Put it on your calendar! I’m going to!