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Some of my food rules...
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kestrels_nest From: kestrels_nest Date: March 2nd, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been handling cooking for guests that way since I had my first apartment 30+ years ago. To my mind, it was just a part of basic courtesy - and in my circle of friends, it pretty much is. It never occurred to me to summarize it like this. Thank you.

I might serve a dish one person doesn't like or can't eat (while making sure there's something they do like or can have), but I do try to keep allergens off the table because sometimes just the smell is enough to trigger the reaction. So if, for example, I have a peanut allergy to deal with, there won't be a peanut butter stew on the table, or p.b. cookies for dessert, and if my near-sister is coming over, I won't serve mushroom Stroganoff.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)


Some allergies are a lot worse than others; I think nuts and seafood ones are the high end. (Peanuts have a "do not open in the house while sufferer is present" version.) Most are not triggered until eaten. Some vegetarians can't stand the smell of cooked meat. So it varies.
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