Friends gathered for Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving without the Turkey

Last weekend I hosted my first Friendsgiving. According to Urban Dictionary, Friendsgiving is “the celebration of Thanksgiving dinner with your friends. This usually occurs on the Wednesday before or the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, since Thanksgiving is usually reserved for family gatherings.”

I’m sorry but who wants to eat turkey and stuffing before Thanksgiving?  And personally, I don’t want to serve my leftovers to my friends.  Maybe when I was in my twenties, but not now.

Thanks to an idea from Udi’s Gluten Free Foods, I hosted a Friendsgiving with untraditional Thanksgiving dishes.  In part, this was because I used the wonderful Udi’s foods  mailed to me in a meal for a bedridden woman with celiac disease.

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Thank you Udi’s for helping a woman with celiac disease this Thanksgiving!

Of course, being an allergic foodie, everything I served was free of gluten, soy, dairy, and corn–and if I do say so myself, it was all delicious!

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I had as much fun researching the recipes as I did following them!  Thank you to Oprah and Rachael Ray for the Pomegranate Martini Recipe, Garnish with Lemon for the Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese recipe, Simply Blissful Life for the slow-cooked carrots recipe, Udi’s Thanksgiving Recipes for inspiring the Cranberry Granola Crisp, and for my husband for picking out the wine.  I’ll be posting my slow-cooked short ribs recipe next week as it’s one of my family’s favorites.

I think Friendsgiving will become a new tradition in our house (thank you, Udi’s!).

Friendsgiving without the Turkey first appeared at Adventures of an Allergic Foodie.

A Tribute to Food Allergy Bloggers

When I first started Adventures of an Allergic Foodie, I hoped to meet a few other people out there in the Internet universe who have multiple food allergies like I do. Never did I dream that while sitting behind my computer screen–blogging and reading blogs, chatting in groups, pinning onto boards, joining circles–I’d meet so many inspirational, helpful and kind people!

I now have thousands of virtual friends!

More importantly, I no longer feel like the oddball woman with the leaky gut . . . or the freak who orders no bread, no butter, no cheese, no mayo . . . or the pain-in-the-butt guest who can’t eat anything the hostess serves.  When I log onto my computer, I’m surrounded by other allergic foodies who don’t think I’m an oddball, a freak, or a pain in the butt; in fact, I’m pretty normal to them.

And I’m so grateful!

After all, without you, my fellow bloggers, I’d still be hiding in my safe gluten-free kitchen, afraid to venture out to a restaurant and order a meal.  Thanks to you, I have the confidence and the tools to advocate for my special eating needs.

Without you, my fellow bloggers, I’d still be staring at my pantry shelves wondering what in the world I was going to make for dinner that didn’t have gluten, soy, dairy, corn, vanilla, nutmeg, etc.  Thanks to all you allergy-aware chefs–amateurs and professionals–I now have thousands of safe and tasty recipes on my computer.

Without you, my fellow bloggers, I’d still be wandering aimlessly in the grocery stores, trying to decipher ingredient lists and angrily throwing packages across the aisles (yes, this really occurred–actually, more than once).

Without you, my fellow bloggers, I’d still be starving during airplane trips.

And now I will get to meet and thank some of you in person!  This week I signed up for the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in Las Vegas on November 2-4.

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Who would have thought! A conference for people who blog about food allergies! Brilliant!

This will be the very first conference I’ve gone to where I won’t have to worry about what I’m going to eat! 🙂

I’m not sure why my autoimmune system went haywire, but I do know that I wouldn’t have met all of you if I hadn’t started my blog looking for a little help.

There is always a silver lining, isn’t there?