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Cooking for Gluten Free Guests

August 5, 2014

This afternoon my son went over to a friend’s birthday celebration. We often prepare in advance so he will not be disappointed when there are very few gluten free options, especially at dessert. This party was different (and delightful) because there was gluten free cake. Like my son, anytime you have GF options your gluten free guests will be grateful and tickled pink that you thought and planned for them.

Here are some things to think about when you are having gluten free guests over.

  1. Is my kitchen clean? No, you don’t have to buy new utensils, but clean everything you will be using in hot soapy water, including your counters. Somethings just won’t clean sufficiently, like toasters or porous cutting boards. Try to be creative and broil things in the oven or cover that cutting board with parchment paper.
  2. Am I thinking about all the ingredients, including my condiments? Many frequently used jars (like mustard or peanut butter) might not have gluten as an ingredient, but have been cross contaminated by knives which have touched bread. My mother has this wonderful 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe (pb, eggs and sugar) which she loves to make for my boys and always buys a new small jar of peanut butter. For condiments, think about buying squeeze jars as an alternative to jars with lids.
  3. Talk to me. If you are in doubt of how, what, when or where- let me know, I would love to help you cook, especially if wine is involved. Also, I am always glad to show off my gluten free brownies or a great pie crust, ask me to bring something and I would be happy to.
  4. Take a deep breath, many of the basics like meat, fruit and vegetables are naturally gluten free. Simple and easy is a great way to cook and we will all enjoy it together.
  5. Lastly, label the GF dishes and place them away from the other food. This tip is completely selfish on my behalf. I know that the GF options are limited and there is often no more once they run out. Please let your GF guests have first dibs on the gluten free food and let the other guests enjoy what is left over.

Can you think of any other tips to add to this list?

PS: If you fail miserably at all these tips, please remember that I always have a stash of GF food in my car. We can at least enjoy a glass of wine together.

This is an photo of the boys and I using the passive solar heat to bake cookies in the car. I always have some GF snacks hidden somewhere.

This is an photo of the boys and I using the passive solar heat of the car to bake cookies. I joke that I always have some GF snacks hidden somewhere.



  • Reply Ashley August 5, 2014 at 4:17 am

    Way to go Joanne 🙂

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  • Reply Cathleen January 5, 2017 at 5:11 am

    It’s great to find an expert who can exlipan things so well

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