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Feeding a group with different dietary needs can pose a challenge. It’s hard enough to feed a family with the mature tastes of adults and the picky habits of children. So what do you do when you know you need to accommodate for an allergy or particular diet? Here are some ideas to make your next gathering enjoyable for all diners.

According to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, eight foods account for 90 percent of all food-allergic reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat. Unfortunately, these products can hide in foods that you least suspect would contain such ingredients. In addition to double-checking for allergies with those on your guest list, try to stay away from butter, gravies, sauces, and salad dressings, or serve these condiments on the side.

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Hard to believe that August has arrived…which means there is only one month of summer left!  With entertaining, traveling, adventures and fun abounding, it will be hard to see it go.  But it’s not too late to make the most of these weeks.  Here are a few ways to pay homage to what’s left of the precious days:

Take a mystery day trip: Packing a cooler full of picnic food and drinks and heading out to wherever the road leads is a great way to take advantage of the time off school and the freedom summer brings.  Pull out the map, find a cool road and begin to explore with the kids – just be sure you remember it is about the journey, not the destination.  Don’t rush to get somewhere – treasure the places you find, and savor your picnic along the way in a newfound location.

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Once a summer, my in-laws host a picnic overlooking Lake Harriet on a warm summer’s night.  They put on the best picnics—everything is laid out to perfection, with red-and-white checked tablecloths, refreshing drinks, and of course mouth-watering food.  You never know what they’re going to serve, which is part of the fun.  At your next picnic, you may want to think outside the usual picnic basket box and serve up something that’s creative, mobile, and outdoor-dining friendly.

  • Summer Spring Rolls

    Main Courses: Dishes that aren’t messy, don’t need to be heated, and are fun to eat are good choices for al fresco dining.  You could make a teriyaki roast beef ahead of time and serve it chilled with a dipping sauce.  You could also pre-grill a steak and serve it chilled and sliced on a sandwich or with a sauce.  Sandwiches, wraps, and pitas are good, easily prepared choices.  For my favorite veggie wrap, I buy a spinach wrap, spread it with roasted red pepper hummus, and load it with greens, sliced bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, pea pods—whatever veggies I have on hand.  Just be sure to leave enough space to roll up the wrap!  Pita pockets can be filled with tabouleh, chicken, or tuna salad.  I also like the “Summer Rolls” recipe from Cobornsdelivers.com under “Easy Eats” (look under “Seasonal”, then “All Seasonal”).

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