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Old November 27 2013, 06:38 AM   #16
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Re: How do you tell a loved one they can't cook?

^Every now and then one of my brothers host it and we convince my mother that she doesn't have to make anything, but that generally turns into "Next holiday, I'll make everything".
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For Christmas, you could give her a couple cooking classes (local adult ed or something?) and say, "because you love cooking so much, I thought you'd like to learn some fancy new recipes from a real chef"... and then the teacher can explain how she's doing it wrong. That way it doesn't come from you, exactly.
That's a good idea. She'd probably enjoy that.
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... I would be likely to cook something myself and take it along, that way I could eat mostly my own food if I can't stomach the rest...
That was my Plan A, I'm bringing homemade mashed potatoes.
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Just to clarify, is it really THAT bad that you can't eat it? Or is it just like a “hm, could be better“ first world problem?
Every other holiday a family member...
She puts her heart in it, so it's not like I could show disgust, especially this far in life.

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I can't imagine telling a loved one that they can't cook. I mean maybe I'd give constructive advice if they asked, but otherwise I keep my mouth shut and eat what's put in front of me.
Same here. Basically, I swallow it and hope for the best.

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Old November 27 2013, 07:46 AM   #17
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My aunt makes a couple of things well. The rest... well, she murders Hamburger Helper...
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Old November 27 2013, 07:57 AM   #18
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Just to clarify, is it really THAT bad that you can't eat it? Or is it just like a “hm, could be better“ first world problem?
Every other holiday a family member...
She puts her heart in it, so it's not like I could show disgust, especially this far in life.
Yikes. Maybe your family should consider a new tradition... like everybody chipping in for pizza. It works for the Quartermains on General Hospital for the annual Thanksgiving episode...
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Old November 27 2013, 07:59 AM   #19
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I find dying of starvation gets the message across.
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Old November 27 2013, 08:08 AM   #20
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Yeah there's always the, "it's so much work for you! We want to get it catered this year, so you can just sit back and enjoy it.." of course that's expensive.
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Old November 27 2013, 08:17 AM   #21
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Or you could buy the ingredients for pizza and everyone could participate in making them. I used to make pizza and it's amazing what a variety of toppings and taste combinations can be found that aren't the usual standard ones.
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Old November 27 2013, 08:21 AM   #22
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TURKEY pizza. For the traditionalists.

I'd put cranberry sauce on that.

(I'd put cranberry sauce on anything.. I recommend brie off the top of my head.)
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Old November 27 2013, 08:26 AM   #23
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Oh dear, that does sound like a serious situation...
That was my Plan A, I'm bringing homemade mashed potatoes.
I usually either bring pasta salad (you can make a huge quantity for fairly cheap) and/or a pie. I'm bringing a pie to my cousin's on thursday, but his food is usually ok. Maybe you could suggest to everyone else to eat first,then they won't be hungry and everyone can just pick at stuff. =\
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Old November 27 2013, 08:53 AM   #24
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TURKEY pizza. For the traditionalists.

I'd put cranberry sauce on that.

(I'd put cranberry sauce on anything.. I recommend brie off the top of my head.)
Turkey and chocolate sauce. It's what the Aztecs ate (and we served it one year at a local SCA event - very tasty).

One thing I tried that worked was mandarin oranges baked with parmesan cheese. That was a yummy combination.
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Old November 27 2013, 09:02 AM   #25
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I can't cook either. I finally gave up trying to follow recipes, and now everything is out of a can or refrigerated/frozen and goes into the microwave. Unfortunately, the closest stores to get groceries now don't carry the nice tv dinners, raw vegetables, fresh fruit, or even ground beef. I can't even make eggs the way I like them.
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Old November 27 2013, 09:26 AM   #26
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America is weird.
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Old November 27 2013, 09:29 AM   #27
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lol I learned how to cook because I developed a fear of my children being at my funeral discussing how I couldn't cook
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Old November 27 2013, 12:19 PM   #28
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America is weird.
And the rest of the world is normal?
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Old November 27 2013, 01:09 PM   #29
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No, but it doesn't bother us as much to be called weird

Not being able to buy fresh vegetables? That is a damn shame.
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Old November 27 2013, 02:08 PM   #30
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I'm sure my mother wouldn't allow pizza for Thanksgiving.
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I can't cook either. I finally gave up trying to follow recipes, and now everything is out of a can or refrigerated/frozen and goes into the microwave. Unfortunately, the closest stores to get groceries now don't carry the nice tv dinners, raw vegetables, fresh fruit, or even ground beef. I can't even make eggs the way I like them.
That sounds familiar though I'm a stickler for fresh vegetables. Frozen broccoli is the worst of them all . Also, is it a grocery store you go to or a mart? I thought grocery stores had to have fresh foods in order to be called a grocery store.

And even though I'm American, I wouldn't be surprised if America is the weirdest place in the world.

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