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Ketchup with Prime Rib??!!??

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Just curious how other CHs feel about this - had fam over for dinner last night for rare mid week dinner but it was Bday for family member. The butcher had rib roast on terrific special ($5.99/lb with bones!) and ordered big roast thinking this would be great tasting and easy to make on work day. Roast turned out very delectable, lots of garlic, crusty on outside, perfectly med rare inside. A little tension ensued over 4 bones and 6 diners. Anyway, the niece asked for ketchup with her prime rib and proceeded to drown my beautiful roast in the red glop. Honest to goodness, did not say anything negative to her but my face must have given away my feelings. What do you do when your guests ruin your meal with ketchup, mustard, other condiments that detract from the main event? How do you convince an almost 21 yo that not everything needs to be doused with red sauce to be consumed? What would you have done?

  1. Hate to say, different strokes for different folks. Is it really worth making a big fuss and possibly making people feel uncomfortable? The most I would do is make a small casual joke like "boy, you really like your ketchup....", very casually, and I would try to keep any judgement out of my voice, because I would not want to make a scene. But I feel your pain about the prime rib...

    Now, if she had doused MY serving of Prime rib, different story... Don't mess with my food! But for her own serving, well, maybe someday she'll see the light...

    1. While I would never do the ketchup thing myself, who am I to tell someone what they should like. To my way of thinking, it's no different than seeing a beautiful steak "ruined" by the addition of a nasty sauce made with a moldy cheese. Live and let live.

      1. I would have smiled, happy that my guest was enjoying the meal, and the celebration.

        And just so I can be clear , "Anyway, the niece asked for ketchup with her prime rib and proceeded to drown my beautiful roast in the red glop" mean she did this to the portion on your plate? If so, I would have made myself a new serving. If however you mean she used ketchup on the portion on her plate, well, sorry, her portion, her plate, she eats it, shrug.

        Right now, my face may have given away my feelings, that I am relieved that I am not a guest at a dinner where the host is watching to make sure everything is consumed in the manner/methods she has deemed to be the "correct".

        1. I had a friend years ago that put ketchup on everything from burritos to a fish dinner. And I'm talking about something that had a complimentary sauce to top the dish. So the food was not dry. And there was no tasting beforehand so it was not meant to insult me. However I had to laugh it off. Making a comment doesn't help. I myself am a big fan of hot sauce on many things but I try to refrain when I am a guest. Sometimes I would say that I'm out of ketchup(which I don't use for many things)just to see the worried reaction. I still consider it immature and bad manners.

          1. I once heard that ketchup has more sugar than ice cream so there may be more to it.