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Old 03-11-2008, 08:38 AM   #11
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the only one I tend to get regularly is "Which half of Tipton are you feeding Today?"
(Tipton is my home town)

I always tend to cook for an Army (not surprising), and now there`s only 2.5 of us, Old habits die hard!

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Old 03-11-2008, 09:29 AM   #12
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hmmm, yeh. I made a perfect by the Russian cookbook recipe of Beef Stroganoff with tenderloin of beef and several mushroom types and butter brandy mustard sourcream etc...all the items. Served with beautiful parsleyed potatoes and baby beets with dill. What a dinner! Well, I heard my "MIL" say she didn't get any meat in her serving. It's true she got no undercooked stew beef in her serving and didn't recognize what she had.

I come from a family that cooked with the kids so we were exposed to new foods and helped make them and accepted them. THe change from "minute rice" to real rice or boxed mac and cheese to real mac and cheese went without issue because we were involved. Often color is an issue. Or a real texture.

There are some people I don't invite over for dinner but only for buffet parties because of what they will or won't eat. so be it.

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Old 03-11-2008, 09:40 AM   #13
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I feel for you Corazon! I think anyone who puts enough care into their cooking would be sensitive to any comments, bad or good. Myself, fortunately, I don't recall insulting or even mildly catty comments, at least not within earshot.

Once I asked my 15-yr old niece how she liked a dish I made, and she answered matter-of-factly that it didn't seem as tasty as my mom's (her grandma) when she realized what she just said, so she quickly added other things to compensate but ended up saying the wrong things making matters worse. So I watched her squirming and struggling for words to dig herself out of the hole until her voice just trailed off. I was laughing so hard afterwards. She was so sweet.
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Old 03-11-2008, 09:50 AM   #14
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LOL, I can picture it :)

as I tend to be my Own worst critic anyway, no one gets a chance to make insults, I find a flaw a good 50% of the time that no one else ever seems to notice, but I DO!
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:30 PM   #15
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We had a mutual friend in our group of ladies and I never ever heard Susie enjoying any dish she ever ate at a restaurant. There was always some complaint and lots of sending back to the kitchen. Therefore when she criticized my seafood gumbo that had won first place and judged by Cajuns I just totally ignored her. So did everyone else! Ha!
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:49 PM   #16
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Sorry, corazon, about your meal. You did a superb job and it wasn't appreciated. It wasn't appreciated because the person didn't have an understanding of quality cooking. It was their loss. Hold your head high and know you prepared a first class dish!!!!
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Old 03-12-2008, 01:29 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by corazon View Post
Does anyone else get those kind of subtle insults?
I did. Once.

With proper simmering and seasoning those people made quite a few tasty meals.

Just Kidding.
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Old 03-12-2008, 02:25 AM   #18
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When I was a smalltown kid just starting out in cooking I would often try to match the storebought packaged mixes! I didn't know any better! There was a stroganoff mix I particularly liked, so I set out trying to recreate it. Each time I'd make it I got a bit closer. Of course, eventually I realized I was barking up the wrong tree- mine was far better than any mix.

Your non-foodie friends are probably coming from the same spot. They're probably so used to mixes and packaged food that they have no taste for anything else. I wouldn't be offended. They probably actually mean it as a compliment.

In their ignorant way!
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Old 03-12-2008, 03:34 AM   #19
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Old 03-12-2008, 03:52 AM   #20
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I used to give my neighbour pickles and preserves periodically. One day she told me not to bring any more. I was more than a little insulted.


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