14 Dec 2012

The Author

Sheryl Goldstein
Sheryl is the founder of The No Gluten Solution: Feeding Family and Friends, which is the culmination of her talents, skills, and her personal desire to develop an effortless style of cooking good food, making her guests comfortable, and always having an excuse for a dinner party.


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I am trying to face this holiday season with a smiling face and good humor.  Presents to buy, yearend business to complete and meals to be prepared.  Perhaps I feel obligated to do the first two things, but I want the meal part to be a pleasure rather than a chore.

Having my family and friends over for dinner is a tradition this time of year and I have had to come up with menus that are festive but easy to prepare.  An important part of easy is being able to buy and cook the food at least a day before guests arrive.  Even better are those recipes that taste better with time.

My particular challenge is to prepare the food gluten-free.  I have celiac and must not eat gluten, but now many people are finding they are feeling better following a gluten-free diet.  So, I have made the decision that all meals served in my home are gluten-free, and the trick is to have recipes that do not compromise taste or texture.  No one needs to know!

One menu that is tried and true, I call, “My Basic Black Dress Dinner.”  This meal is like that little black dress that you have in your closet that you know will always fit and look great, and, with the right accessories, can be worn for any occasion.  For this menu can be dressed up by using your best china and serving pieces, or be entirely casual, letting your family serve themselves directly from the stove.

Veal Stew and Creamy Quinoa

The main dish is a Veal Stew that is served over Creamy Quinoa.  This stew has proven foolproof over the years because it looks beautiful, is impossible to mess up and the ingredients are available year-round.  The most important thing for me is that the stew can be cooked a day or more ahead, but is good enough to serve for up to two days.

I like to complete the menu by serving butternut squash soup and a gluten-free chocolate cake for dessert.  Both courses also can be prepared a day ahead, and in fact, taste better the next day.  And, keep in mind, that all the ingredients you need are easy to find in your local markets.

So, I have decided to be the joyful host.  Armed with this menu and dishes that are gluten-free, easy and delicious, I know that my guests will feel welcome at my table and I will feel honored by their presence.


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