So, my husband has decided to spend a few weeks as a vegetarian, to "Clean out his system & get back on track." Well, that's fine, I'm fully supportive of anyone's food choices & requirements (Lord knows I want people to respect mine.) There's just one issue here: my mental stability.
I'm Gluten Free, as you know, but I'm also allergic to Almonds, and I hate Cherry Flavoring of any kind. (The cherry thing isn't that big a deal, but I just like to share how much I hate cherry flavoring whenever I can.) My daughter, who is six, will pretty much eat anything except shellfish - she's just not OK with the consistency. My husband has a few foods he chooses to avoid, plus now he's gone Veg. Shopping, cooking & eating out just got exponentially harder, folks.
My mom had us over for dinner - plus my grandparents (I have an Italian Grampa you may have read about in prior blogs, and an Armenian Gramma who's allergic to garlic) so she really had a challenge. I told her I feel like I'm on Top Chef - every meal I cook is mentally taxing, has limited ingredients, and I have no idea how it's going to come out. Mom agreed - good thing we have a website with a Gluten Free Recipe section, for sobbing out loud, or I'd really be in trouble.
Then it occurred to me that one of my heroes, Art Smith, got eliminated from Top Chef Masters on a Gluten Free-Vegan Challenge. He's an amazing chef - he was Oprah's chef for quite some time, and when my friend Jules went to Chicago with her mom recently, I made her call me from Table 52 and tell me about the cheese biscuits while she ate them. So - am I doing some cooking that Art Smith can't do? Well, not hardly - he's rather use bacon fat & so would I - but I'm doing this. I'm cooking everyday Gluten Free, Almond Free, Meat Free. Go me.
I've still been eating Protein-Style cheeseburgers at In-N-Out, by the way. And Animal-Style fries. God Bless In-N-Out.