In Search Of…

Great potluck dishes. Here is one I recently rediscovered…

I recently spent 2 days recovering after a friend had us over “just for drinks”. Okay…I can handle drinks. I made gluten free cupcakes (there was a birthday involved) and David and I left our house with high hopes of a fun, safe evening. We arrived at our friend’s place to find the evening had morphed into a light dinner, which our friend said, “Li, I carefully made this just so you could eat it!” Gazpacho. Yum! But did I mention how ill tomatoes make me? No I didn’t, not to him. How can I turn down such a sweet, thoughtful gesture? So I enjoyed the gazpacho with everyone else, and suffered later.

Curse my Midwestern upbringing! I wouldn’t eat gluten if my life depended on it, but when it comes to my other myriad intolerances, I would rather make myself ill than risk hurting someone else’s feelings.

Well, not anymore. Right after the gazpacho incident, David’s boss invited us to a barbecue for the 4th of July. I had David accept the invitation and turn down the offer to “try and make something for Li”. No thank you, we appreciate the thought, but we’ll bring something.

Arroz con Queso
Arroz con Queso

This is based on a recipe I copied years ago out of Diet For A Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe. I think. Maybe. But I did copy it from somewhere, modified it to my taste, and modified it further to fit my food restrictions. So I’m going to give credit to Ms. Lappe and her wonderful book. This recipe, in addition to being tasty and easy, is also naturally gluten free. Can’t beat that…

3 cups cooked rice
2 cups cooked vegetables or beans (I used zucchini and corn)

About Li

A writer, runner, and Gluten-Free Zealot, I've been helping others navigate the gluten-free lifestyle for many years. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and when you're gluten-free, it's even better!
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8 Responses to In Search Of…

  1. Bloggin' Fool says:

    We all know that feeling — others make something, thinking it’s safe, and the choice is, to eat or not to eat. And even when the ingredients sound safe, there’s the cross contamination issue. A friend of mine cannot understand that cutting up fruit for me on her wooden bread board is going to make me ill.

    I recently participated in some research (see my GF cooking blog)on the psychological effects of living with coeliac — it was just great to know that someone is looking into it, although they can’t ‘solve’ it. It is what it is.

  2. Bloggin' Fool says:

    We all know that feeling — others make something, thinking it’s safe, and the choice is, to eat or not to eat. And even when the ingredients sound safe, there’s the cross contamination issue. A friend of mine cannot understand that cutting up fruit for me on her wooden bread board is going to make me ill.

    I recently participated in some research (see my GF cooking blog)on the psychological effects of living with coeliac — it was just great to know that someone is looking into it, although they can’t ‘solve’ it. It is what it is.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Just thinking of you and when I do I tend to check out your blog, I know I should email but I tend to read your blog instead. Thanks for sharing it. I have been able to share your story with several of my friends who weren’t diagnosed and have been able to help them look for some answers.

    Amy aka “princess”

  4. Anonymous says:

    Just thinking of you and when I do I tend to check out your blog, I know I should email but I tend to read your blog instead. Thanks for sharing it. I have been able to share your story with several of my friends who weren’t diagnosed and have been able to help them look for some answers.

    Amy aka “princess”

  5. Jon says:

    Hi Lil,

    You’re opening paragraph here rings a bell for my wife and I, and probably many other celiacs. Rarely is it “just” a problem with gluten (due to the damage previously caused by gluten), but it’s never fun to explain each and every allergy or sensitivity to an inexperienced person. At least the gazpacho tasted good, right? 😛

    I’ve never been to your blog before now – just came over through our Visit a Random Gluten Free Blog Widget. It’s fun exploring the GF blogosphere by the click of a button. If you’d like the button, we’ve made it a straight forward, one-button installation.

    Thanks – look forward to reading more 🙂

    Jon

  6. Jon says:

    Hi Lil,

    You’re opening paragraph here rings a bell for my wife and I, and probably many other celiacs. Rarely is it “just” a problem with gluten (due to the damage previously caused by gluten), but it’s never fun to explain each and every allergy or sensitivity to an inexperienced person. At least the gazpacho tasted good, right? 😛

    I’ve never been to your blog before now – just came over through our Visit a Random Gluten Free Blog Widget. It’s fun exploring the GF blogosphere by the click of a button. If you’d like the button, we’ve made it a straight forward, one-button installation.

    Thanks – look forward to reading more 🙂

    Jon

  7. Li loves David says:

    Bloggin’ fool – thanks for the support! Can’t wait to read my way thru your blog.

    Princess! How are you, your Prince, and the and the rest of the royal family? So good to hear from you! ~Diva

    Jon – the gazpacho was yummy, if I can pry the recipe out of my friend, I’ll post it here. 🙂 Sorry to hear you and your wife are going thru the same things, but at least we have comfort knowing we’re not alone. And thanks for letting me know about your widget, looking forward to trying it out!

  8. Li loves David says:

    Bloggin’ fool – thanks for the support! Can’t wait to read my way thru your blog.

    Princess! How are you, your Prince, and the and the rest of the royal family? So good to hear from you! ~Diva

    Jon – the gazpacho was yummy, if I can pry the recipe out of my friend, I’ll post it here. 🙂 Sorry to hear you and your wife are going thru the same things, but at least we have comfort knowing we’re not alone. And thanks for letting me know about your widget, looking forward to trying it out!

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