This month, I’ve been doing a lot of education about the perils of eating away from home for those with celiac disease. I’ve talked about restaurants that claim to have gluten-free food but end up having multiple cross-contamination issues. I told you about how I had to get brand new pots and pans for my kitchen, a new toaster, new wooden spoons, and new colanders just to be safe in my own kitchen.
It’s been a great month of raising awareness about the seriousness of celiac disease. I’ve had many readers tell me that they have a better understanding of what their celiac friends go through. I’ve even had multiple emails thanking me for the information and telling me that they would finally be pushing their doctor to get tested.
But I’ve also heard this: “We want to have you guys over for dinner, but I’m too scared to cook for you.” Hmph. I hadn’t thought about that.
Here’s the thing. I don’t come to your house for dinner because of the food. I come because of you. I don’t come because you make a killer spaghetti sauce. I come for the conversation, the laughter, the community of it all.
Invite me over, feed my family, I’ll eat before I come or bring my own dish. We’ll figure it out, just don’t stop the invitations from coming.
And I’ll do my part by inviting you over more often. Let me cook for you! I promise, my food is delicious and you won’t even notice that it’s gluten-free. Don’t bring anything, just your smiling faces. Well, I wouldn’t say no to a bottle of wine. Just come, let’s have a meal together.
Because being together is what it’s all about anyways.