AS THE YOUNGEST of my offspring prepares to fly off into adulthood, there have been a lot of celebratory events this month: last concert, last athletic event, prom and finally graduation with the flurry of parties that goes along with it.
Everyone is celebrating all the time and there has been the need for simple buffet-style dishes that are easy to prepare, safe to set out on a buffet table and appealing to many if not all.
In my household, we are true omnivores, able to digest just about anything put in front of us, but the number of people I know with food allergies seems to grow every year.
For those who are sensitive to gluten, a protein found in wheat and many other grains, a buffet table loaded with hamburger buns, pasta salad and cookies can be like navigating a landmine.
Here is a recipe for all of your summer events.
I will be using this recipe this weekend as family arrives to ensure that everyone can enjoy the celebration.
Not only is it free of gluten, dairy, sugar, meat and preservatives, but it also is easy to make, seasonally flexible, safe at room temperature and absolutely delicious.
Betsy Wharton is a Port Angeles Farmers Market vendor, Washington State University Extension food preservation information assistant and a registered nurse at First Step Family Support Center. More about her pickling enterprise can be found at www.Clallam CanningCompany.com.