Merry Christmas, everybody! I hope you’re all getting ready for some serious cheer up in here. Me? I’ve been trying to hit as many holiday parties as possible because 1, fun; and 2, that’s one less meal I have to cook and clean! Of course with free meals come risk, when you’re of the gluten-free type. Which is how I got very minor-ly gluten’d while enjoying a holiday party that was beyond gluten conscious. Was it the knife I used to cut the cheese and place it upon my gf cracker that had touched other gluten-filled crackers, or maybe the bread I picked up for my toddler and perhaps was not vigilant about washing my hands. Regardless, it was a quick hit and I recovered quickly. All-in-all a small price to pay for a great party.
Perhaps you aren’t willing to take any kind of hit. That’s smart, but somewhat unrealistic unless you can stay home and ban all gluten from your home. You might want to go spend the holidays with family, friends, or at a very fancy restaurant. If that’s the case, here is your full-proof guide to not eating one spec of gluten while away from home. Consider it my holiday gift, to you.
1. Wash every pan and dish yourself upon arrival at your destination. Which should be at least four hours prior to invite time.
2. Only eat food smuggled in your purse.
3. DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING. No, not even that.
And that, my friends, is how to get through the holidays unscathed. Sorry I can’t do anything about your in-laws.
Okay, what do you do to protect your tender gut during the holidays?