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post #1 of 32
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I just thought this would be interesting to see how everyone else deals with this situation.

I myself have a girlfriend who happens to be a very very pickey eater. It drives me insane me wanted to be a chef and love food and all. I would eat anything. Shes never had some kinds of steak.

She just mainly eats chicken. It kills me.


How about you guys? Do you have girlfriends/wives, boyfriends/husbands who love food or are pickey eaters?
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post #2 of 32
I'm an avid home cook with a broad-ranging palate. My husband is willing to try new foods, so I use new ingredients. Once I didn't tell him what I'd added (cumin) and he was too surprised by the unexpected taste that he wouldn't eat the dish. Now I make sure to tell him I've added a small amount of a new flavor or ingredient, and trust him to either learn to like it or to eat the meal and tell me not to make it again. :D

As Nicko can attest, he's gotten more game at new eating experiences! We've been to Tru and Alinea in Chicago- neither of which he understood, but in both places he was able to appreciate our interest and find something to enjoy. When we got married my mother-in-law actually apologized to me for teaching him to eat such plain, unseasoned food (other family members have food allergies). When I told her what I was cooking and that he was eating it, she congratulated me. He just needed time and respect for his "infant" palate.
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post #3 of 32
I am lucky in that my wife was brought up in a small town with a very "white bread/Mayo" upbringing. Her parents were poor and didn't care too much for cooking. Yest somehow she turned out to have quite a palate. The only thing she doesn't really go for is food that's too spicy. She has a low tolerance, but at least some tolerance for spice. So other than that I have pretty much free rein in cooking for her!
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post #4 of 32
I don't think my wife and I would be together if it hadn't for liver and onions! :)
post #5 of 32
My wife is not what I would call daring, but she will try different things. She's set in her dislike of some foods, however, like mushrooms, which can be a little annoying. She also doesn't like olives, which is less annoying. She also avoids clams, oysters, and mussels. She will eat some fish, but is not crazy about salmon or tuna, raw or cooked. Go figure. Anchovies freak her out, though she eats them in some red sauces and doesn't know it. :D I tell her she's really missing out in those areas. No pates or liver for her either, aside from foie gras, which we have maybe once a year while eating out. The seafood avoidance doesn't bother me. If I want to make something she doesn't like, she gets shrimp. Shrimp are easy. The mushroom thing bugs me, though.

She will eat beef, pork, lamb, chicken, veal, etc. So we're good there. Salads, veggies, etc. are also no problem.

Did I mention she won't eat mushrooms?

Kevin

I like muskies. My wife doesn't like mushrooms.

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post #6 of 32
It's complicated because of the kids. Today's Tuesday so they hate mushrooms or peppers, but I have to say the kids do have an "educated" palate: Likes parmesan, Gouda, Brie, undecided about most vegetables, hates Risotto, loves gnochi, mashed.... The wife is a different story, as nothing is ever right, and when it is, then it's "too right". The only thing that really bugs me is that just one glass of wine will turn her face red, two glasses an she's asleep. No fun drinking alone....
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post #7 of 32
Mine hated it when I would try different preparations, techniques, etc. i used to hear "Can't we just have sandwiches?" It drove me nuts. Not too surprising she is my ex now.
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post #8 of 32
My husband LOVES food! Everything from whatever I cook for dinner to the finest restaurants around. The only thing is that he has to DIP EVERYTHING! When he asks me "what's for dinner..." and I tell him, his next question is always "what did you make to dip it in?". Can't complain about that too much, now if I could only get him to like the world's most perfect food...ARTICHOKES! :D

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post #9 of 32
Most people enjoy my food. The only problem I've encountered is with my mother. She has anorexia and it's hard to get her to eat anything at all. She is so afraid that she will enjoy food that she refuses to eat bread that is not stale and moldy, for example. It must be heartbreaking to enjoy cooking and eating and not be able to share it with the person with whom you live.
post #10 of 32
I think I've been blessed. I love to eat and my wife loves to cook. LOL We both eat almost anything and love to try new things. My wife is a deli manager in a big grocery store and is always trying new things there too. She is one heck of a good cook and is known all around town for her cooking.
post #11 of 32
I'm really lucky that my wife and daughter are good eaters. They have their occasional likes and dislikes as we all do but they will eat pretty much whatever I prepare.

Jock
post #12 of 32
I am very lucky, my wife has worked in the kitchen for almost as long as I have. We both understand the challenges that come with a job in the kitchen, and often bounce ideas off of one another.

My experience with picky eaters is that if you want to expand thier horizons, you have to sneek it by them first. After they see that something new is good, then you may have a better chance at something besides chicken for dinner.

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post #13 of 32
I'm lucky too. Since both my wife and I were in the military when we met, travel and different food was nothing new to either of us. In fact, I used to cook at a mutual friend's house all the time. She was a constant dinner guest. It was all downhill from there and that was 20+ yrs ago.

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post #14 of 32
My wife is great. The kids too. When there is a problem, it's usually my fault. Once, when I was trying to learn Indian cooking, I made curry 4 days in a row(different kinds). On the 4th day she and the kids revolted and ordered Pizza.

Tony
post #15 of 32
I see I am responding to #14 on this thread. Yet it is probably the MOST important question that could be asked in any culinary forum on the net. Consider a tree. Beautiful, luxuriant in foliage above the ground. But what is underneath? The same thing in less recognisible form. But essentual to the continued growth of the tree. So it is (IMHO) the family that shapes the taste. The restaurant is the shining leaves. The fruit, if you like. Just my 2 cents.
post #16 of 32
my partners are not picky till i make them picky by making a diet for healthy living...i cant help it, i want to be in tip top shape all the time and i think my woman should be kinda close to tip top too...ok so im really into looking and feeling good

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post #17 of 32
Well aside from the "normal" criteria for getting married you know love, lifepartner, grow old together etc etc etc....:rolleyes: There were three additional criteria that she required.:suprise: Cook, Clean and Repair. Lucky for me I I did all three although I do get cursed out a couple times a year for something about having to stop eating some of my cooking or something like that.:eek: :roll: :D Now if we could just get our daughter to want more than just pasta or pasta.
post #18 of 32
When my significant other, or S.E.(spousal equilivent), got together, I don't think she ate anything that was not on a sesseme seed bun, or have the prefix Mc....

5years later, and ALOT of the ol "I'm not leaving till you try this", she is almost adventurous! she asks to go out for Indian, Thai, Vietnemmese, and even got her to eat some Ethiopian....not to shabby.
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post #19 of 32
Well, good on you both crazyTATT. I think a lot of us are handicapped by the sometimes very modest cuisine of our youth. I had a hard time getting DH to eat fish. Memories of boarding school. He didn't realise what it was like here. And he had a hard time getting me to eat various other things, like ethnic food. But the funny thing was we went to a chinese restaurant he had seen chinese folk going into in a steady stream, so decided we must too. We were the only europeans there, and, frankly, did not like the food. I guess it was too authentic. :lol:
post #20 of 32
I shan't say anything TOO bad about my significant other. However, her idea of cooking usually involves a microwave and a can opener when I'm not around. It's not that she CAN'T cook, she just prefers NOT TO cook.

We got together when we were both stationed in Spain. There was no lack of decent edibles near our house.

We both like to eat and since I'm one of those professional cooks (a/k/a work for a modest living), when I do cook at home - and that's often - it's pretty decent grub.

The answer to the question: If she DIDN'T like to eat, she wouldn't be my significant person.

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post #21 of 32
My girlfriend thought she ate everything until she met me.. :roll:
post #22 of 32
I like food and my DH really likes food. I have a few allergies (mushrooms, scallops & bananas) and dislikes (salmon, eggplant, liver). DH, on the other hand, will eat anything.
The best thing for both of us, is we will try new things. If we don't like it, no biggie.
But, yeah, it is hard for him as he loves mushrooms and I can't have them. He orders that and scallops out at restaurants.
post #23 of 32
My wife does not like to cook. I do :lips:

So, she eats what I cook, and seems to like it, no matter what.
post #24 of 32

What a great thread.....

I myself am married to the most non-foodie guy in the world. He would be perfectly content living on frozen pizza, hamburger helper, chips and dip etc... (which is often what he gets when I am too tired to cook after work;) ) He is generally willing to try most everything but never really has an opinion about anything. To him, its all just fuel and "food is food." It gets pretty frustrating that I can rarely "WOW" him. I have a very few things that he is impressed enough to mention to other people. I just wish I could get a genuine MMmmmmmmm out of him. At least he's not terribly picky but he really can't tell (or doesn't care) if its my special simmered-for-ever spaghetti sauce or sauce from a can. Everyone else tells him how lucky he is to be married to a chef, maybe I should start making really crappy stuff so he has some basis of comparison. I've been cooking for him for 17 years so maybe he is just spoiled! Ha Ha!:D
post #25 of 32
Mine lil partner likes odd stuff like Campbells Tomater Soup. Swear I could make mo betta soup than that using ketchup and warm water. She thinks everything is either too hot or too salty. Now she got the very best Chicken Fried Steak..fried taters..fried okry and nanner pudding in Foat Wuth. Also the best tater salad. I guess her good points outweigh the bad. Guess I keep her for a bit longer despite the high mileage. Had an offer to trade her in for one of them low mileage sporty models just a few years back.

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post #26 of 32
Hello! I do have to say that I was at one point one of those people who was a very picky eater, but not to extremes like a lot of people I know. There were certain things I would not eat, but mostly ate the same thing 2-3 times a week until I was in my early 20's. I'm now 25 and have been in a relationship for three years. If it weren't for my boyfriend who challenged me to "at least try" things, I WOULD HAVE NEVER TRIED sushi, corn on the cob, snails, garlic, Thai food, gnocchi, and many many other things. I think if people tried things, they would come to find that they might like it. It might not be the way they grew up, but maybe learning to live in another direction isn't so bad -- take it from me, trying all sorts of food is more like an experiment, which I love!

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post #27 of 32
It seems like you have a smart girlfriend. I use to be like her, but liked being in the kitchen with my boyfriend and one night, he asked me to help him with a more than one person meal task, so I did and since then, I've not been able to stop cooking...

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post #28 of 32
My wife is a VERY picky eater.

I remember the one and only time we had Christmas Eve dinner at my parents:

Spaghetti and Anchovy Sauce (don't know how to spell it in italian)
Fried Calamari
Octapus
Shrimp
Scallops
Different fish fillets

She had a hot dog if I remember right.

With her it's pasta, chicken and fast food...... go figure :crazy:
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post #29 of 32
I cant remember what v1.0a likes.
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post #30 of 32

Fussy....

iggygirl35 You are talking about me !!!!My Hubby is exactly the same and yes it is "fuel " not a delicious 3 hour prepped meal with blood,sweat and tears included !!!I get frusterated and say I should serve up sh*# on toast and he wouldn't know the difference !!My Hubby is one of 11 children and they ate very basicly as you can imagine....Meat and three veg...Fish on Sunday !!!!Even the feeding logistics is amazing...eating in two sittings, two loaves of bread for lunches, a box of apples a week !!!Sorry getting side-tracked...So prior to us getting together he had not eaten Pasta,Mexican,Italian,Chinese... You name it.He is really fussy but has come along in leaps and bounds in the last ten years. The down side is that our kids eat fairly plainly too, as I'm not doing the restaurant short order thing here every night.!!!Great to hear there are some other foodies out there too like me !!!:
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