The holidays, layered with tradition, can test ideals. They can also be challenging for cooks. People come together over food during the holidays; they shouldnt be divided by it. With that in mind, heres some tips for hosts and guests to make holiday feasts filling for everyone.
Tell your guests what food youll be preparing in advance if youre the host. If there are things others cannot eat, invite them to bring their own dish or version of a holiday dish they can eat or share with others.
Offer to bring food you can eat and share if youre a guest. If youre traveling to someone elses house, you could offer to help make the food you prefer and bring the ingredients youll need with you or offer to buy them.
Host potluck style. Assign guests categories like appetizer, salad, cooked vegetable side, potato side, dessert, etc. Youll have a wide variety, and everyone will have something they can eat.
Ask advice. If you want to cook for someone with special requirements, ask for tips on recipes, ingredients and preparation. Dont be offended if someone prefers to bring their own food.
Have some fun. If your family has a wide variety of food preferences, you could make it a contest. Have people bring their own versions of traditional favorites. People could taste them while blindfolded and vote for favorites.
Dont judge. You could label others as picky, finicky or weird or open up to something new. The pilgrims didnt have marshmallows in their sweet potatoes. Foods popular in the past will not be in the future. You can have old traditions and create new ones that may serve your family better.