I'm expecting my first baby in January. I do all the cooking in our household (my husband is in grad school, and has very little time these days. Plus, he kinda sucks at cooking...). I know I'm looking a bit far into the future, but I am worrying about how to deal w/ people bringing food/offering to bring food over once I have my baby. We don't have a lot of freezer space, otherwise I would just pre-make a million meals to reheat and eat. I do plan on doing as much of that as I can. But I'm assuming most of the food we eat once our baby gets here will either have to be freshly prepared, or provided by others. I have a decent network of people (church community, family, friends) who I'm sure will offer to bring stuff over.
My question is, how do I ensure that I am not getting food that's going to make me sick? #1 - How do I deal w/ cross contamination issues from those not familiar w/ gluten-free cooking?! #2 - I have multiple foods I am intolerant to, so even if they get the gluten-free concept, how do I convey that I ALSO can't eat any dairy, beans, potatoes, onions, etc.
I don't know if I should just make some sort of blanket statement (post on FB/my blog/make handouts for anyone who offers food) saying, "These are the things I can't eat, and these are some ways to avoid making me sick." I suppose I could provide a list of ideas of things that we like/can eat that are simple enough to prepare...
Or should I just gratefully accept the meals, and if I feel like it's trustworthy, eat it, otherwise, let my hubby take care of it? The main issue w/ that is, he's slightly picky...so if it's not something that fits into his "comfort" zone, he won't eat it, and it will just go to waste.
Or do I just plan on making all of our food once the baby arrives?
I don't want to seem ungrateful or entitled by asking so much of people. I don't want to offend anyone who is obviously trying to help me out. But I also don't want their efforts to be wasted, if I can provide a way to make it beneficial for both them and my family.
Any suggestions, advice, and/or comfort would be much appreciated
SweetfudgeMember Since 27 Jul 2006
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Definitely feeling good! The past few years have been a nightmare and I think I've woken up now! First I "had heartburn," then I "was lactose intolerant", and finally I "had IBS" and suffered as the doctors picked and chose my next "diagnosis. But now, here I am, happy as can be and gluten free!
I enjoy: cooking, gardening, reading, sewing, scrapbooking, photography, writing, shower-singing, camping, bike-riding, exercising, swimming, shopping, anything to do with the ocean and the sun. I also spend a lot of time surfing the internet (I love learning things).
I love my family and my kitten, and spending time with them. My husband and I are computer nerds (World of Warcraft), and we also like to read sci-fi books together and play video games.
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