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Picky, allergic, downer friends for St. Patrick's Day. Help.

LauraGrace | Mar 11, 2010 06:24 PM

*insert long sigh of exasperation here*

A group of friends will be coming to my house for St. Patrick's day dinner. Most of them are willing and adventurous eaters, except for one couple. She is allergic to black pepper and olives (which means no olive oil), he is allergic to garlic and onions. I sympathize with this, really, and I don't hold it against them. Both of them are also pretty picky, which I sympathize with much less given that they are adults.

These are lovely people, who I adore, but cooking a meal they'll be attending means either a) driving myself crazy figuring out what to cook that doesn't involve olive oil, black pepper, garlic, onions, or anything they just don't like, or b) telling them the ingredients of every dish and letting them sort out what to eat and what to avoid, which means they'll miss out on some of the good stuff. I feel like if I go with A, I'm punishing the rest of the group, but if I go with B, they're getting a pretty raw deal.

Advice? Recipes? Sympathy? Help of any kind is much appreciated.


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