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.


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!


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.

Thanksgiving with Friends

A Thanksgiving Story That Will Give You Chills

It’s been a bad week.

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ve seen my rantings about a proposed cell phone tower being erected between our house and our beloved mountain view. The cement had already been poured and it seemed likely that I’d spend my next thirty years staring at this iron monstrosity as I cooked dinner.

So I delayed blogging because this is supposed to be an upbeat blog about coping with food issues. I did not feel upbeat.

Being an allergic foodie, one of the things I do when I’m upset is eat. I just happened to receive not one but two packages with gluten-free and allergy-friendly foods in the mail.

Don’t think that’s the chilling part; keep reading.

The first one was from Tasterie.  Started by a pediatrician and mother of an allergic child, Tasterie is a mail order food company for those of us with CD or food allergies.

Tasterie deliver GF food

You can order a TasterieBox, like the one pictured above, tailored to your specific needs.  I ordered the Top 8 Box, which included a few brands I hadn’t found on my grocery store shelves yet, like dairy-free mozzarella, pie crust mix (perfect for the holidays), and pancake mix for when my GF college boy is home for his Thanksgiving break.

Then yesterday, the FedEx guy interrupted my angry tweets by delivering a large cardboard box from Udi’s Gluten Free.  Inside were lots of fixings for gluten-free/dairy-free/soy-free Thanksgiving dishes.  If you’re cooking this holiday, you must check out  Let’s Feast!  Udi’s Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Menu!  The idea is to use these recipes and host a “Friendsgiving.” How fun is that!

I loved getting all this yummy food especially during this stressful week, but I also felt kind of guilty. There are so many other people who are unemployed or housebound who could use this food.

I began blogging about my idea to cook some of Udi’s Friendsgiving dishes  along with Tasterie‘s pumpkin pie crust and share them with someone less fortunate who has celiac disease . . . but I didn’t know how to find such a person.

This is the chilling part.

My phone rang.  My friend Judy wanted my advice for a meal she was preparing for a woman with celiac disease. The woman has serious multiple sclerosis, has been bedridden for a long time, and has a 12-year-old son. I couldn’t believe it.

Chills, right?

So Judy and Ky are coming over on Saturday to help George and me prepare a Friendsgiving for this woman and her son using the Udi’s and Tasterie foods I received this week.

I’m feeling a lot less angry. I don’t have an answer regarding the cell tower, but something tells me the phone will ring with good news soon.

A Thanksgiving Story That Will Give You Chills first appeared in Adventures of an Allergic Foodie