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Apr 22, 2012 10:02 AM

What Foods Do You Forego in the Name o' Domestic Tranquility?

The Khantessa doesn't like ham in any form, BBQ ribs and any cream soups. I love all three but manage to do without on her account.

Have you abandoned any gustatory favs?

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  1. Saying I've completely abandoned them would be a lie, but I've had to cut down on the following:

    salmon in any form, my man's just not a fan (save for the very few exceptions of grilled wild salmon)
    onions - raw or pickled. i LOVE pickled onions, but... well, it's not the most pleasant smell after.
    radishes - dito.
    calf's liver - love it, love it, love it. never make it at home cuz it'd be a waste.

    I also had to give up on one of my favorite broc salads with bacon, red onions & cream sauce. Talk about killer breath -- once again the red onions likely being the culprit.

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    1. re: linguafood

      I've also cut salmon from my recipe files due to DH's dislike. I still eat it out, and buy lox (which the kids and I adore), but no more poached salmon or grilled or the like.

      Also, I can't remember the last time I made a chowder of any sort. He likes cream soups, but abhors chowder. :(

      1. re: linguafood

        When I saw the topic on the discussions list, I started thinking about my sacrifices. Gave me a start to read your list. With the exception of radishes, which Mr. Cooks does tolerate, I have had to eliminate the very same foods. In fact, he won't even allow liver to be brought into the house (but I am able to treat myself to smoked salmon; he won't touch it). Sadly I gaze at the lovely wild salmon when it's in season, and hope our favorite restaurant has it on the menu!

      2. Barracuda. I don't eat them, they don't eat me.

        1. Mr. Sueatmo refuses to like quiche. He does not like oatmeal or split peat soup. He does not care for liver or mashed turnips. I don't make any of this consequently. Except I make oatmeal for my own breakfast.

          1. Brussels Sprouts. There is a long list of quite basic food that I can't put into shared meals, though I often cook and eat them during the day when I'm alone, but the scent of sprouts lingers enough to make Himself feel queasy when he gets home. On the other hand, I do have strict rules about when and where he can eat or store his very blue cheese, since that makes ME queasy, so I guess we're even :P

            1. Nothing. If he doesn't like it, he doesn't have to eat it. Same goes for things he likes but I won't eat.

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              1. re: irishnyc

                So you prepare 2 separate dinners/dishes/mains every time you feel like eating something he doesn't like? Wow.

                1. re: linguafood

                  That's just too much time, expense and trouble for us. Makes more sense to simply compromise on a few things.

                  1. re: linguafood

                    Can't speak for others but I've never had to do that. I do a lot of batch cooking for the freezer and due to different schedules we eat at different times during the week anyway, so we feed ourselves with whatever we fancy.

                    Sadly, not all couples can sit down to eat together all the time, nice though it would be, so there's plenty of wriggle room for us both to eat the things we enjoy and avoid the stuff the other likes but we don't.

                    1. re: linguafood

                      Nope. I'll happily eat leftovers or something from the freezer while he eats beef stew or something else that I hate. Other times he'll eat previously frozen beef stew while I eat lamb chops or a chinese dish.

                      We don't disagree on that many things, but neither will budge on the things we do.

                      ETA: I hate most Indian food, he loves it. He'll happily cook an indian dish and leave chicken/veggies/rice aside for me without whatever sauce he's using on it. It's really not that difficult to compromise.

                      1. re: irishnyc

                        It is sad that for some people compromise means one or the other. There is a middle way that is not dissing anyone else why not having to give up the things you love. Being over 60, I think it is important to go forward knowing you get to eat the things you love.

                      2. re: linguafood

                        Better than never getting to eat something I love.

                      3. re: irishnyc

                        Same here. Although to be honest, neither of us harbor disgust for any particular foods. There is some family-wide gripping when I open up a can of sardines for lunch but that doesn't stop me.