Monday, July 4, 2011

When you have company.

.If you are hosting a get together, you need to be armed with lots of alternatives for people with special dietary needs.
In our family we have people who are vegan,  diabetic, people with certain allergies and those who will constantly look for food you don't have.
So, one of my precept is to have a meatless, dairy-less option available at each meal.

This pasta dish is a go to most times.  You can change the beans, the pasta, the base sauce, even the greens, and this dish will take care of itself. (look for pasta and beans recipe in the side-bar)

It tastes better when it is reheated.

Add a great big salad with  a variety of cheeses, nuts, fruit on the side, and this too will feed most people.
A variety of breads and rolls with a great olive oil to use as a dip will hold any appetite at bay for a while.

Grill some meats ahead of time and people who must have meat at every meal can feel satisfied.

For the diabetic in your family,  stock  juices, cheese sticks,  nuts, and good tuna for  quick snacks.

We are off to the Rotary's Pancake breakfast, followed by a parade, a town's BBQ, a live production of The First Ladies' Diaries, written and performed by local talent, duck races, beach golf tournament and fireworks.  Our family will eat  here and there, and they'll have opportunities for  excitement and novelty.

Enjoy Independence Day wherever you are.


  1. Happy 4th of July. I think I am so spoilt as every one in our family eats just any old thing and no special foods required :-) Diane

  2. Wow, you have plenty to do in your town. We had a parade and what is called 4th on Broadway. It is musically inclined, many band stages with a variety of live music. Fireworks have been banned due to overly dry conditions but we have completely enjoyed the day. Hope you have too. Blessings.

  3. Happy 4th of July to you, too, Rosaria! Loved your ideas about a flexible dinner for company! I've just returned from a 4th of July picnic at our community center, then a good swimming and socializing hour with neighbors there and, finally, will be off with the next door neighbors to the small town of Florence for fireworks in the park. A very enjoyable day. May yours be equally delightful!

  4. Happy 4th, a day late, to you. I always learn so much from you.

  5. Great post! Hope you had a great July 4th.

  6. looks great !!!! love pasta....

    and YES! it is a ginko tree...

    happy to see you today

    kary and teddy

  7. I tried this one, and it's great! And you're right, an awesome alternative that fits most dietary needs :-)