Shared Meals

Shared Meals

I have an April birthday and our family makes an effort to celebrate each occasion, something I love to do. When I was asked what I wanted to do, the answer was simple: Come to the house, let’s share a meal.

I know. We could have gone to a restaurant and mostly that’s what we do. We’re all supremely busy. Can you relate? So sometimes it’s easier or just plain-old preferred to enjoy a shared meal at a restaurant. But for my birthday, I wanted everyone in my home.

We kept it simple with cold cuts, cheese slices, potato salad (two kinds), a cracked wheat salad, carrot sticks, an assortment of olives (my faves are a Kalamata in olive oil from Trader Joe’s), potato chips, good bread (gluten-free for me and my daughter), blueberries, blackberries, and all kinds of beverages including a sweet pink Prosecco. (I’m a fan of the color pink and of sparkling wines.) Instead of a birthday cake, I asked my daughter to head to our favorite gluten-free bakery and pick up a variety of to-die-for cupcakes. With two grandchildren under the age of 6, the cupcakes were a big hit.

We have three birthdays this summer and we’ll be getting together in a couple of weeks to celebrate them all. My guess is we’ll be heading to my daughter’s favorite restaurant which serves excellent gluten-free pizza. But where we go hardly matters. We get to be together and that means more to me than anything else in the world.

What inspired this blog was seeing some photos of tables all set and ready for dining. What is your favorite shared meal?

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