Sometimes when dining at a relative's home, you're forced to make a tough decision: Be honest and polite or lie through your teeth to keep the peace.
ThisWeek staffers were asked the question: Do you tell relatives when you don’t like the food they've prepared for you?
Sarah Sole: No. I avoid conflict.
Lee Cochran: My relatives generally know what I'll eat, and more importantly, what I won't eat, which is anything with celery or mushrooms. I dry-heaved just typing those two words. But if someone makes a dish they think I'll like but don't, sure I'll say something. It's family; it's all good.
Scott Hummel: No, because I'm not stupid. I sit there and eat it with a poker face and sometimes even get seconds.
Andrew King: No, I'm usually crafty and find a subtle way to get rid of it.
Lisa Proctor: Only my mother. If I didn't, she would make it again.
Abby Armbruster: I don't, although I get to skip a lot of the main dishes since I'm vegetarian. But life's too short to bother with complaining about a meal that a relative has made.
Nate Ellis: No. I always appreciate people cooking for me and I'm not a picky eater. Plus, I've known my relatives a long time. I know what to expect from them and it's generally pretty edible, if not good.
Neil Thompson: It depends on the relatives. My wife, Melissa, and I prefer honesty in such circumstances, so we provide each other constructive feedback. My family likewise favors honesty. For my in-laws, I eat everything set before me, offer praise only and leave all other commentary options to my wife.
Dennis Laycock: That would be the height of rudeness, man. Choke it down with a smile.