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Yesterday was our almost daughter-in-law’s bridal shower.  It was very nice, her maid of honor’s parents had a beautiful home and served a beautiful brunch.

It’s with that that I’m going to address food allergies.  I’m doing so not to chastise the hosts, who were made fully aware of guests that had both food and nut allergies abd served items that had both, but to make sure that everyone realizes what this means.

To people who have food allergies-it’s no joke, especially those who have peanut allergies where even the dust can send them into needing an epi-needle.  I myself usually wind up itching from head to toe, stomach problems and yes, it goes into my lungs and I wind up with a very painful case of broncytis.  My sister has an allergy to walnuts.  She breaks out in hives.  Our son, lucky man, not only has dairy issues, but since he also has penicillin and sulfur allergies, foods that have derivitives of it cause him to head for the old porcelain bus.

Why were the items served?  It wasn’t out of a “F-U” at all.  It was simply that they didn’t understand that just because you don’t “see” the food, that doesn’t mean it isn’t “in” the food.

Example:  Croissants.  The hosts thought these were a safe choice because they bought “plain” ones.  Sorry.  They are made with lots of butter-and where did you think that the butter came from?  Same with the bear claws, the strawberry danish and the apple turnovers!  Lots of butter.  Also, the bear claws, which usually have almonds/almond paste-were topped with walnuts.  They served quiche.

Thankfully, they also served turkey and ham slices rolled up into finger food bites and a beautiful fruit display.
We already knew that we were to stay away from the cake.

My mom and I enjoyed the company, the event and decided we’d have our husbands take us out for some lunch when we went home.

Oh-on the flip side, when you are allergic and your hosts make this type of error-don’t make a whole whiny scene (the way it appears 2 women did, they won the personally given award of “embarassment makers of the day“).  Just survey the scene, take what you are able to eat and thank the hosts all the same.

Let’s face it, unless you‘re “there“, you really don’t know that you’ve made a faux pas, it’s a few hours, no one will starve and you shouldn’t let anything spoil the day for the person you‘re honoring and those who did their absolute best to see that a good time was had by all.

Friday-let’s talk about some safe tried and true foods that can be served and hopefully not cause too many problems!estatic

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Apr 19, 2010
    • I think food allergies are still a mystery to a lot of people. I have a sensitivity to sulfur dioxide and had to be rushed to the hospital once years ago. Probably one of the most frightening things that has ever happened to me. I could not breathe. It was awful. But I think that there’s a lack of education out there with food allergies.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Apr 19, 2010
    • I just heard from someone who found my column through my website-she can’t eat dairy, wheat, brewer’s and baking yeast, cranberry and some other things!  I wasn’t aware that brewer’s yeast was used in vinegar-so she can’t even use 99% of all bottled dressings and marinades.



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      Maryann Rhodey wrote Apr 21, 2010
    • It is a quite a learning curve to know about all the allergens people could possibly have difficulty with in their food.  Gluten allergies are also an issue now.  Homemade is sometimes the only way to avoid any allergies people may have.  

      We had a baby shower for my niece and really made as much as we could from scratch.  We had a green salad with all the add ins on the side so people could choose their own and dressing made with vinegar and oil on the side and also lemon juice for those unable to have vinegar.  We did have bread but also made some gluten free bread and made cookies and brownies with gluten and dairy free ingredients, even the cake was gluten free, as well as egg free cookies and brownies.  We had a lot of fresh fruit, nuts and veggies (both roasted and fresh).  It took a little more work but it was worth it because people really could enjoy their food without fear of allergens.  And almost all of the food was eaten!



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      Carine Nadel wrote Apr 21, 2010
    • we do the same.  our family-we have 2 diabetics, one w/ diverticulitis, several dairy and nut allergies and one person who isn’t supposed to have salt.



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