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
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)