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Returning the dietary choice favor

I am a vegetarian and really never cooked meat...so I am really not confident hosting a dinner with meat since I probably wouldn't cook it well. I usually host lunches and brunches since these meals are usually acceptable to omnivores. I have to say I'm really not sure how to handle this comfortably. I don't assume that everyone eats or is willing to eat tofu or eat ethnic foods (like Indian). I probably would entertain more if I could resolve my apprehension. I was once told by a friend that he had to eat meat at every meal (including breakfast) - else it didn't feel like a meal. Do most people think this way?

Jul 13, 2011
evanie in Not About Food

What to do about bad hosts?

Yes, Veggo - I agree. I think WHENEVER you invite people, you should do it out generosity and not expect to be "repaid" in some way. Generosity without expectations WILL be reciprocated although maybe not from the same persons. Please do not make assumptions about why people may be "cheap" or "rude" or "non-reciprocating". Unless you know them well, you may not know about their financial, emotional state, etc.

Jul 13, 2011
evanie in Not About Food

Dissapointing Dinner at Friends House

Not everyone is a good cook and many people simply don't care that much about food so may not naturally make much effort to try to make something tasty and appealing. I was invited to a Thanksgiving dinner where they bought their turkey from Boston Market or somewhere like that and threw together some boiled veggies and instant mashed potatoes (and we ate on paper plates). It showed a lack of effort, but I truly think the host and hostess didn't know how to do much beyond that. Initially I was a bit surprised (like I would have rather stayed home and made my family a better dinner), but I thought I should lose my snob attitude - perhaps they were more interested in our company than sharing food.

Jul 13, 2011
evanie in Not About Food