It may come as a shock to some of my readers, but I don’t have a whole lot of patience for general pickiness when it comes to meal time. I do not go out of my way to torture my family members, but let’s face it, you can’t please everyone all of the time. Playing “short order cook,” in my experience encourages finicky behavior.
When a recipe is first reviewed by the unwashed masses family, we discuss what would improve the meal. No one is allowed to simply grimace and say “I don’t like it.” However, the more articulate ones are encouraged to say, “I would like this better without this” or “This would be great if it had this.” By encouraging specific criticisms as well as positive feedback we learn more about each others’ palates and are less likely to write off entire food groups, while improving many recipes.