(Closed) Thanksgiving menus & allergies

posted 5 years ago in Relationships
Post # 3
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Tell your cousin that you will do your best to accomodate her, but she will probably be most comfortable if she can bring her own meal. Or you should suggest that she and your cousin bring a dish that fits her restrictions.

Post # 4
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would definitely find out about her allergies, and make sure at least a few of the items you’re offering are without them. I would guess it would be fairly easy to make a turkey while avoiding her allergens, for example. Perhaps you could ask your cousin & his Girlfriend to bring a favorite dish to share, as well (especially if you’re asking other people to bring a thing or two). Also, I doubt she simply “claims” to have allergens she doesn’t have, you may want to re-evaluate your attitude towards this girl before Thanksgiving. We can’t always pick who our family members date, but I think accusing her of faking allergies, or insinuating she has too many & is an inconvenience to you is pretty low.

Post # 5
9483 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would ask your cousin to get an idea of what she typically eats on Thanksgiving Day.

Post # 6
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have a gluten allergy so if I’m going to someone else’s house, I always either eat first or bring something that I know that I can eat that I can also share wtih everyone else.  I bring gluten free polenta stuffing to Thanksgiving.

I don’t think that you need to accommodate her; I’ve NEVER taken offense to a host not making sure an entire meal (let alone a holiday meal) is suitable for my own special snowflake dietary needs. I also don’t poke at everything I see and ask the host for ingredients; if I have a doubt, I just don’t eat it and I stick with what I know.

She’ll be able to eat turkey, and any unprocessed vegetables or salad sans dressing.  Maybe let her know that she’s welcome to bring a dish to share. 

Post # 8
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would make a dish or two she CAN have.  No biggie.  I would make sure there is something she can have.  Those actually are not that out there, and lots of whole foods cooking does not use those ingredients.

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