Bad Cooking

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    Dec 22, 2009 8:56 PM GMT
    My roommates and I are having our annual Christmas Dinner Party tonight. The only problem is that my one roommate is oblivious to that fact that she is a TERRIBLE cook.

    Because she loves cooking, though, nobody has had the heart to tell her that the "crab stuffed mushrooms" taste like salty mush inside warm fungus or that her baked peas taste like paste because they come from a can.

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  • Timbales

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    Dec 22, 2009 8:58 PM GMT
    Invite someone that has no tact to the dinner.
  • masculumpedes

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    Dec 22, 2009 9:01 PM GMT
    Offer to give her some "new recipes" to try out.....and make subtle suggestions such as additions or subtractions to her dishes
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    Dec 22, 2009 9:05 PM GMT
    ask them to go and build a snowman.

    When they go outside, lock the kitchen door and don´t let them back in until you´ve finished. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 22, 2009 9:12 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidInvite someone that has no tact to the dinner.


    Anyone want to be my tactless volunteer tonight??

    Her cooking is like an out of control train fueled by those around her being too nice. The more praise she receives, the less she thinks she needs to follow the recipe. It's the "additions and subtractions" to the dishes that are going to make my guests run out the back door!
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    Dec 22, 2009 9:13 PM GMT
    I´ll do it, as long as you make it up to me icon_rolleyes.gif

    Capeesh?
  • mcwclewis

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    Dec 22, 2009 9:13 PM GMT
    Invite someone who CAN cook to make subtle suggestions icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 22, 2009 9:17 PM GMT
    Is she doing all the cooking? It might be easier to drop hints if other people were cooking also, and made helpful suggestions along the way.
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    Dec 22, 2009 9:17 PM GMT
    JFalcore80 said
    Timberoo saidInvite someone that has no tact to the dinner.


    Any volunteers on being my tactless volunteer tonight??

    Her cooking is like an out of control train fueled by those around her being too nice. The more praise she receives, the less she thinks she needs to follow the recipe. It's the "additions and subtractions" to the dishes that are going to make my guests run out the back door!


    Maybe try, "I'm not sure what's off about this, but it's not as good as the ones you made last time." and keep doing that until she makes something edible.
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    Dec 22, 2009 9:25 PM GMT
    JFalcore80 said
    Timberoo saidInvite someone that has no tact to the dinner.


    Any volunteers on being my tactless volunteer tonight??

    Her cooking is like an out of control train fueled by those around her being too nice. The more praise she receives, the less she thinks she needs to follow the recipe. It's the "additions and subtractions" to the dishes that are going to make my guests run out the back door!

    I can do it, I'll do it purely because taste buds are obviously being murdered here and that's just not a good thing!

    You should really tell her although be very gentle about it, if she has excitement and joy about cooking then that should be encouraged but perhaps she needs a few good recipe books that will teach her about how flavors work together properly.

    You might want to pick up a good cook book, one of the books I love that will really explain foods and how they work together is "the cooks companion" by Stephanie Alexander.. Don't know an american equivalent unfortunately
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    Dec 22, 2009 9:29 PM GMT
    just tell her that you don't like her cooking and Buy her a cook book for christmas!!! If one of my friends made me something and I didn't like it. I would tell them that it's waaaaaaaay to salty or that it's waaaaaaaaay to mushy. You don't have to be mean about it either.just tell her that you are just trying to be honest and help her out.
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    Dec 22, 2009 9:36 PM GMT
    JFalcore80 said
    Timberoo saidInvite someone that has no tact to the dinner.


    Anyone want to be my tactless volunteer tonight??

    Her cooking is like an out of control train fueled by those around her being too nice. The more praise she receives, the less she thinks she needs to follow the recipe. It's the "additions and subtractions" to the dishes that are going to make my guests run out the back door!


    My dad made a steak for dinner once and I told him that it was like cutting through a pair or shoes. It was horrible and he improved.
  • masculumpedes

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    Dec 22, 2009 9:36 PM GMT
    I recommend this as a gift. Proven and Tested...Tried and True icon_wink.gif

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    Dec 22, 2009 9:42 PM GMT
    Fortunately, she is NOT doing all the cooking. Amongst other things, our third roommate is making her own lasagna (which is very good) and I am making my grandmother's simple, yet amazing Banana Cream Pudding.

    Even though I hate the idea of being mean, perhaps brutal honesty is better than masked reality. Plus, I now know the perfect Christmas present!




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    Dec 22, 2009 9:48 PM GMT
    You might let her know that what she's making isn't really what the rest of you think goes well with the main course anymore. Then provide her with an idea/recipe. Just be sure you've stocked the pantry so she's not screwed and needs to head to the store at the last minute. Good luck, let us know what you do and how the dinner goes!
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    Dec 22, 2009 9:57 PM GMT
    JFalcore80 saidFortunately, she is NOT doing all the cooking. Amongst other things, our third roommate is making her own lasagna (which is very good) and I am making my grandmother's simple, yet amazing Banana Cream Pudding.

    Even though I hate the idea of being mean, perhaps brutal honesty is better than masked reality. Plus, I now know the perfect Christmas present!


    You can be honest just don't be brutal, be incredibly gentle about it, you want her to keep cooking but just learn how to combine different tastes properly (and from the sounds of it, season things a little less heh)
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    Dec 22, 2009 9:57 PM GMT
    Tell her that part of her gift is to have the day off. Make her a pitcher of margarita and just let her be.
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    Dec 22, 2009 9:59 PM GMT
    I am an Xpurt cook thank you very much costco!
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    Dec 22, 2009 10:01 PM GMT
    JFalcore80 said
    Timberoo saidInvite someone that has no tact to the dinner.


    Anyone want to be my tactless volunteer tonight??

    Her cooking is like an out of control train fueled by those around her being too nice. The more praise she receives, the less she thinks she needs to follow the recipe. It's the "additions and subtractions" to the dishes that are going to make my guests run out the back door!


    I'd go! icon_biggrin.gif Tact is for those not witty enough to be sarcastic anyway.
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    Dec 22, 2009 10:04 PM GMT
    BostonVball said
    JFalcore80 said
    Timberoo saidInvite someone that has no tact to the dinner.


    Anyone want to be my tactless volunteer tonight??

    Her cooking is like an out of control train fueled by those around her being too nice. The more praise she receives, the less she thinks she needs to follow the recipe. It's the "additions and subtractions" to the dishes that are going to make my guests run out the back door!


    I'd go! icon_biggrin.gif Tact is for those not witty enough to be sarcastic anyway.


    ghawd, you're amazing, vball.
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    Dec 22, 2009 10:05 PM GMT
    jrs1 said
    BostonVball said
    JFalcore80 said
    Timberoo saidInvite someone that has no tact to the dinner.


    Anyone want to be my tactless volunteer tonight??

    Her cooking is like an out of control train fueled by those around her being too nice. The more praise she receives, the less she thinks she needs to follow the recipe. It's the "additions and subtractions" to the dishes that are going to make my guests run out the back door!


    I'd go! icon_biggrin.gif Tact is for those not witty enough to be sarcastic anyway.


    ghawd, you're amazing, vball.


    I've been told that before, then they never call icon_cry.gif
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    Dec 22, 2009 10:40 PM GMT
    JFalcore80 said...nobody has had the heart to tell her that the "crab stuffed mushrooms" taste like salty mush inside warm fungus...

    Interesting coincidence, we just got back the supermarket a few hours ago, where my partner bought the ingredients to make his wonderful crab-stuffed mushrooms, that he knows I adore. Too bad I can't have them sent to your place, so your roomie could realize how good ones should taste.

    Perhaps you can arrange for dinners, either potluck there or at the homes of friends, where the same dishes she prepares badly are served to her, but as made superbly by others. Do you think she would realize their better quality (especially if others rave about them), and inquire how they were prepared?

    That would allow the cook(s) to say things like: "Well, the most important thing with the peas is to use only fresh or good frozen, never, EVER canned!" Teach her by example?
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    Dec 22, 2009 10:53 PM GMT
    Next year, develop a complete menu for the meal and who's responsible for what. Put her in charge of wine, and give her a list of 3 wines to choose from and where to buy them.

    The crab stuffed thing could also be eliminated by claiming that someone has a shellfish allergy.
  • Webster666

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    Dec 22, 2009 11:01 PM GMT
    You'd be doing her a favor by telling her that she's a lousy cook.
    But, don't be surprised if she cries or goes berserk.
    Wouldn't it be a lot easier to have MALE room mates ?
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    Dec 22, 2009 11:24 PM GMT
    "She" is a bad cook?

    Women should stay out of Men's activities like cooking and gardening because they're seldom any good at it.

    I like Timberoo... Invite someone with no tact to dinner.