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Some of my food rules...
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)


I'm always cooking for myself and my partner, and then we have some found-family friends who come over fairly often. (Some of them tend to ask what they can bring, so it can turn into a mini-potluck.) I'll learn the parameters for people I feed frequently, but the list of diners is never consistent over time.

There are limits for me too. In particular, if the list of parameters is cutting out too much stuff, that's when I start putting needs ahead of desires, or putting out a bunch of smaller items and telling people to pick and choose. Sometimes a person has lots of things they can't eat, or don't want to eat -- and two of those people at the same table is enough to wipe out most of the food pyramid.

*chuckle* On the other hoof, I have gotten good enough at cooking to broaden the list for some folks. A number of people will eat things I cook that are in categories they normally dislike. Plus our diversity of ethnic inspiration means that we cook in ways that other people may never have met before. My partner's specialty is East Indian feast food; that comes in very handy. Last night's meal was thawed beef patties in gravy, a batch of homemade potato curry (the leftovers of which are now napalm potatoes), and the remains of the berry cobbler and banana-caramel bread pudding.
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