Photo by Julie Han
When I started creating a Welcoming Kitchen in my home, I thought that it would be great for my family and for any of our friends or loved ones who came over. This has worked out so well for us. We had 25 guests for a casual Christmas Eve buffet that featured lots of Welcoming Kitchen (allergy-free, gluten-free and vegan)dishes that everyone devoured! We had chili (from our upcoming cookbook), rice, salad, corn muffins, dips, chips and tons of cookies and candies. I have worked hard for several years to come up with delicious and safe foods that I could serve at home. That alone would have been worth the effort. There's so much more to the story, though!
My friends and family have also chosen to serve Welcoming Kitchen dishes when they entertain to ensure that parties and meals are safe for my kids and for other guests. Just this morning, I brought my sons and my nephew to my mom's for breakafast. She made a feast of muffins, fruit and allergy-safe quesadillas for everyone. All three little guys chowed down (as did my mom and me!). Next time that your carnivorous uncle, or lactose-loving friend, or nutty neighbor ask what they can make that will work for you, consider forwarding one of our Welcoming Kitchen recipes to them. They'll see how easy it is to make food that works for everyone.
Kim and Megan