Sabotage in the eggplant plot!
July 26th, 2011
11:30 AM ET
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Linda Petty is an editor at CNN Living. She likes boxed mixes, tarted-up vegetables, letting produce rot in her crisper, eating breakfast at her desk, raiding your pantry, ice cream cones and other frozen delights.

When you’re a child and you don’t like a certain vegetable there are ways to avoid it. Refuse to eat it - hide it in pockets or under plates or feed it to the dog. But when your spouse grows that vegetable with love and serves it up with their own two hands – you are stuck with gagging that ingredient down and smiling while you eat it.

However, one fellow I used to work with bragged about how he made certain that he never had to eat another one of his wife’s homegrown eggplants. Let’s call him "Max" so he doesn’t have to go into the Husband Protection Plan.

Max hated eggplant. He hated it fried. He hated it baked. He even hated it buried under tomato sauce and cheese. Knowing how much his wife loved growing the shiny purple ovoid vegetables, he would help her till the soil, plant and fertilize. He could even be seen watering the vegetable plot.

But what his wife didn’t see was Max sneaking out in the middle of the night with a toothpick and poking tiny little holes in all the eggplants until they deflated..

She was dismayed that some nasty insect was attacking her eggplants. She studied garden books and took some of the holey vegetables to experts. But none of the advice worked. She tried for several years to grow eggplant with a sympathetic Max by her side until she finally gave up. Back at the office, Max did a happy little no more eggplant dance.

It may seem a little egg-streme, but his wicked plot kept peace in the house.

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  1. iphone????

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    June 21, 2013 at 8:50 am |
  2. gremlinus

    Good grief. I love eggplant. My husband doesn't. When I make eggplant stuff, he'll eat it if it's in stuff sometimes. When I slice and roast it for other things I make sure he has lunch meat for his sandwiches and I make pasta for him too when I make up some tomato sauce. How hard is that? You seriously have to resort to sabotage? Just tell her you don't like it. And maybe just cook for yourself that night if she doesn't get it. What a sad marriage that sounds like.

    August 3, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
  3. Dr. Suess

    That Sam-I-am
    That Sam-I-am!
    I do not like
    that Sam-I-am

    Do you like
    green eggs and ham

    I do not like them,
    I do not like
    green eggs and ham.

    Would you like them
    Here or there?

    I would not like them
    here or there.
    I would not like them
    I do not like
    green eggs and ham.
    I do not like them,

    Would you like them
    in a house?
    Would you like them
    with a mouse?

    I do not like them
    in a house.
    I do not like them
    with a mouse.
    I do not like them
    here or there.
    I do not like them
    I do not like green eggs and ham.
    I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

    Would you eat them
    in a box?
    Would you eat them
    with a fox?

    Not in a box.
    Not with a fox.
    Not in a house.
    Not with a mouse.
    I would not eat them here or there.
    I would not eat them anywhere.
    I would not eat green eggs and ham.
    I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

    Would you? Could you?
    in a car?
    Eat them! Eat them!
    Here they are.

    I would not ,
    could not,
    in a car

    You may like them.
    You will see.
    You may like them
    in a tree?
    d not in a tree.
    I would not, could not in a tree.
    Not in a car! You let me be.

    I do not like them in a box.
    I do not like them with a fox
    I do not like them in a house
    I do mot like them with a mouse
    I do not like them here or there.
    I do not like them anywhere.
    I do not like green eggs and ham.
    I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

    A train! A train!
    A train! A train!
    Could you, would you
    on a train?

    Not on a train! Not in a tree!
    Not in a car! Sam! Let me be!
    I would not, could not, in a box.
    I could not, would not, with a fox.
    I will not eat them with a mouse
    I will not eat them in a house.
    I will not eat them here or there.
    I will not eat them anywhere.
    I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

    In the dark?
    Here in the dark!
    Would you, could you, in the dark?

    I would not, could not,
    in the dark.

    Would you, could you,
    in the rain?

    I would not, could not, in the rain.
    Not in the dark. Not on a train,
    Not in a car, Not in a tree.
    I do not like them, Sam, you see.
    Not in a house. Not in a box.
    Not with a mouse. Not with a fox.
    I will not eat them here or there.
    I do not like them anywhere!

    You do not like
    green eggs and ham?

    I do not
    like them,

    Could you, would you,
    with a goat?

    I would not,
    could not.
    with a goat!

    Would you, could you,
    on a boat?

    I could not, would not, on a boat.
    I will not, will not, with a goat.
    I will not eat them in the rain.
    I will not eat them on a train.
    Not in the dark! Not in a tree!
    Not in a car! You let me be!
    I do not like them in a box.
    I do not like them with a fox.
    I will not eat them in a house.
    I do not like them with a mouse.
    I do not like them here or there.
    I do not like them ANYWHERE!

    I do not like
    green eggs
    and ham!

    I do not like them,

    You do not like them.
    SO you say.
    Try them! Try them!
    And you may.
    Try them and you may I say.

    If you will let me be,
    I will try them.
    You will see.

    I like green eggs and ham!
    I do!! I like them, Sam-I-am!
    And I would eat them in a boat!
    And I would eat them with a goat...
    And I will eat them in the rain.
    And in the dark. And on a train.
    And in a car. And in a tree.
    They are so good so good you see!

    So I will eat them in a box.
    And I will eat them with a fox.
    And I will eat them in a house.
    And I will eat them with a mouse.
    And I will eat them here and there.
    Say! I will eat them ANYWHERE!

    I do so like
    green eggs and ham!
    Thank you!
    Thank you,

    July 29, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
  4. Abby

    Growing up, we had a "food rule" that you had to eat as many bites of something as you were years old. No baby bites. Normal sized bites. After you became a certain age, it was just an amount on the plate and if you fussed, they started counting which meant more would likely be added to your plate.

    It paid off when we were served something we, as kids, didn't like or it was a new food.

    If you begin with the attitude of "I don't like this food.", you will find it that over time, you eat in a smaller world because you have fewer choices.

    If you try food that you are not fond of but it is prepared differently than you are used to, you may find that you actually like X prepared Y instead of Z. I learned how to like cauliflower roasted in olive oil instead of steamed. You never know until you try it.

    July 27, 2011 at 9:02 am |
  5. Pragmaclast

    What a terrible thing to do. Max is a coward.

    July 27, 2011 at 7:35 am |
    • Max and Brussels Sprouts

      You can eat us both raw.

      July 27, 2011 at 7:57 am |
  6. Sandie

    Lima Beans HATE them! Ate them twice, first and last time EVER, choked on them, vomited, and cried, NEVER had to eat those damns things again. ;-)

    July 26, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
  7. Belinda

    Nah....not insecure just confident in my appearance and abilities...I have a masters in engineering and have 2 books published....I was just sharing my blessings encourage others to be themselves...that is the greatest thing that was ever given to us ....our uniqueness and our abilities....reach out and enjoy... and I don't believe you have to always eat your veggies.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
    • Pragmaclast

      "2 books published"? Not with that grammar.

      July 27, 2011 at 7:35 am |
      • Belinda is annoy...and probably a liar

        @ Pragmaclast LOL
        @ Belinda Well GOOOOD for you, pin a rose on your nose, why is it EVERY Belinda I have met has the same ego??? You're not cutesy- you're annoying

        July 27, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • JBJingles@Belinda

      Let me guess the title of the two books...
      1. Look at How Wonderful I AM, by Belinda
      2. Me, Myself, and I, All I really Need, by Belinda.

      July 27, 2011 at 11:16 am |
      • Belinda is an idiott@JBJ

        Make no mistake. Belinda has not published two books. I seriously doubt she has even read two books.

        July 27, 2011 at 11:18 am |
      • JBJingles@Belinda is an idiott

        Well, now that I read it again, she says she "published" two books, not wrote two books, so maybe she works for a book publisher and is just slow. :)

        July 27, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • Hatin' the Haters

      Come on guys, were her comments THAT offensive? There's no need to tear her down. If she seems arrogant, assume you're reading too much into the comment and let it go. Since you'll never meet her in real life, what's the use in antagonizing her here?

      July 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
      • Brussels Sprouts

        It's just one guy, and he's really fat.

        July 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
      • Belinda is annoy...and probably a liar

        @ Hatin' the Haters. Knock it of Belinda- you are fooling no one

        July 27, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  8. Beth

    My mother used to make fried liver and onions because supposedly my dad liked them. She forced me to eat it even though it made me gag. I would hide it in my underwear, napkin, anywhere I thought I could. My mom was intent on me not wasting food.
    At age 7 I was at the allergist and the doc told me I was allergic to beef. He thought I'd be upset - no more hamburgers. Instead I asked if liver was beef and he said it was. I jumped for joy in the allergist's office. My dad smiled and confided to me that he didn't care that much for liver either. My mother said, "You don't? All this time I've been making liver and onions just because you liked it!" My dad said, "I thought you loved it!" My mom said, "No, I can't stand it!" My dad said, "Well, let's not have it anymore because I've just been choking it down because I thought it was so important to you!"

    Long story short, when I came home from the allergist and told my sisters that we weren't going to have to eat liver anymore, I was the hero of the house! But since I was the middle child, that didn't last long.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  9. Jon Miller

    Well to answer a simple request without getting into politics or name calling.

    I used to swallow Brussels sprouts whole because I disliked the taste so much. I still don't like them but it is the only veggie I will not eat.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
  10. Scott

    Ms. Petty's third sentence is in error. You are NEVER "stuck with gagging that ingredient down and smiling while you eat it."

    July 26, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • Scott's Wife

      I just close my eyes and swallow, Scott.

      July 27, 2011 at 7:56 am |
      • Scott

        That's another thing that doesn't happen.

        July 27, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  11. Fuyuko

    Personally, I think some parents didn't expose their kids to enough variety when growing up. I had a male friend who refused to eat vegetables and the guy stank. My dad is another finicky veg eater, only eating salad, green beans etc. I was a little finicky as a child, but now, I will eat all vegetables. even ones I didn't like before taste great, prepared properly.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  12. Fuyuko

    Gagging down eggplant won't kill him, I think its darn cruel to sabotage your wife's hobby, because you don't have the spine to say no thank you, or to confront the wife if she is pressuring you to eat her favorite garden veg. If you don't have spine, eat eggplant with a smile. I've often come to like things I didn't like before (broccoli, etc. just due to repeat servings).

    July 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  13. Belinda

    I will eat just about any vegetable....except zucchini and cauliflower and i rank them right up there with liver...I throw up if they even touch my lips!!! I am 53 years old and have never missed them I am not diabetic, not overweight, don't have to exercise if I don't want to and I don't have any gray hair......don't believe me....well too bad its true...last time I went out to eat with my husband I got id'd.. No really! I think I just got lucky in the genes department not even my kids got this lucky my oldest who is 32 is constantly being referred to as my older sister. It does drive them crazy and they hate the way I eat...but my dr. is very happy with numbers from all my blood tests! Moral of the story if you don't like it don't eat it and let God take care of the Biology!!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • JBJingles@Belinda

      Well aren't you special!? Why don't you tell us all how wonderful you are again, some might have missed it. Insecure much?

      July 26, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
      • Beth


        July 26, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
    • Truth@Belinda

      Wow. Self important much?

      July 27, 2011 at 11:07 am |
    • AleeD@JBJ & Truth

      Aww, c'mon. She's 12 years old, on Summer break, lying to make herself seem older and can't even spell her screen name right. It's not Belinda, it's

      B E L I T T L E

      July 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  14. Uninformed Vegan Stooge

    I love Okra. I watched her show for years and I am sorry she retired.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  15. les

    okra. wins worst veg category hands down.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • Okra


      July 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • Mangel Würzel

      Ha ha, sux to be you, Okra!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  16. Craig

    A child who does not like certain vegetables is one thing, I hated most when I was a kid, but education and experimentation has led me to love all vegetables. I have no tolerence for people who do not eat vegetables. I view them as ignorant.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • Snoop Dawg

      I done some 'sperimentin', too.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • Snoop Dawg

      'I have no tolerence for people who do not eat vegetables.' I'm the same way about people who don't smoke pot.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
      • Snoop Dawg@Snoop Dawg

        poser. but i'm so high i owe e'en care.

        July 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • Jeff Dahmer

      I have no tolerance for people who don't eat people. I know, you're dead, lie back down. Rough crowd tonight.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  17. wendy

    I love veggies! the only thing i wont eat is cooked squash. blecch. it's a texture thing... love steamed zucchini, yellow squash, etc.. but cooked. nope. other than that, bring on the veggies! to address the man who killed the eggplant, not cool. all he'd have to do is say 'nope, dont like them' and move on. at least then his wife would get to eat them! not cool man, not cool.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  18. les

    kindergarten memories of throwing up tomatoes into the milk glass. my dog hated them too.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  19. suj

    Abortionist! Talk about popping someone's balloon!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  20. Mildred

    @Steve-o ; if she waves around a chef's knife when something food related is called into question, then there's OTHER problems that should be address.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  21. Sara1981

    I love eggplant, and my husband hates it. It doesn't matter how it's prepared–I've tried baking it, frying it, grilling it–nothing works. So if I bring home and eggplant and prepare it for myself, I either set aside an eggplant-free portion or he makes something separate for himself. Most often, though, I make do with ordering eggplant when we go out. Same with Brussels sprouts, which I also love and he also detests.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Brussels Sprouts

      I put a restraining order against your husband.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  22. Kellie

    I flushed brussel sprouts down the toilet when I was a child. Is that wrong?

    July 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • Brussels Sprouts

      Wait, that was YOU?

      July 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
      • Kellie

        Sorry Mr. Sprout, I confess. I don't know where you ended up but it must be in a better place then the over cooked broccoli my mother used to serve (trust, you don't wanna know)!

        July 27, 2011 at 12:42 am |
    • Kathleen

      If that's wrong, I don't want to be right.

      THIS I could get by with - the barfing at the table would just get me more of what I didn't want.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  23. aubrie

    I think Max is an immature A hole..... Grow up Max!!! If you're still that childish, maybe you should have waited to marry...

    July 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • Max

      Because mature A holes are so much better?

      July 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • MRET

      Listen to aubrie, Max. There must be something wrong with you, sneakin' up on those helpless aubergines.


      July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
      • Max

        It was them or me. I had to do it. The moon was full.

        July 26, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • MRET

      What has been left unmentioned is that nobody grows ONE eggplant. They tend to plant upwards of ten, or twenty. How much eggplant parmesan and fried eggplant can you eat in a month? How much casserole, how much friggin' ratatouille? Eggplant canned, eggplant frozen?
      Max, save yourself!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  24. Soylent Green

    I hate all Vegans and all yucky vegetables.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Nuzzybear

      You must not be preparing them correctly – vegans are delicious!

      July 26, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
      • MNinGA

        I think Jeff D has a recipe you could use... oh wait, he's dead. Sheesh...

        July 26, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • Sugar Peas

      You've never had MY snap beans, baby!

      July 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  25. Sandra

    My grandmother's solution to odd tasting vegetables, like asparagus, was to poach them in water + a little sugar, and then douse them in butter. Carrots, broccoli (sp?), peas, green beans - and butter butter butter. Eggplants grow beautifully in the garden but no matter what you do to them - flavorless. They do however, make beautiful decorations in a tablescape. The comment from my grandmother :: "I give up but they look so pretty. On the table. Uncooked."

    July 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • Eggplant

      You can eat me raw too.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  26. Jeann

    A true vegan diet should be mandatory in America. You are all too obese and barbaric in your consumption of meat, which is loaded with chemicals. It is no wonder why diabetes is skyrocketing.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • Stew Pedassle

      Wow, you're a blast! Do you do kids parties?

      July 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • Broccoli

      Actually, I'd just as soon you ate a chicken instead of me.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Chicken

      Yes! Yes! Eat me!

      July 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Nuzzybear

      I agree! Vegans are delicious – especially with a self-righteousness sauce!

      July 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
      • Jeff Dahmer

        Vegans? There's not enough meat on them and they take forever to clean. I know, I'm dead. Shutting up now.

        July 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • Sara1981

      You know what kills me about people like Jeann? They don't understand that their off-putting attitude is actually doing more harm to the cause of vegetarianism than good. I'm vegan, but I also know that being preachy and self-righteous doesn't make anyone want to follow your advice. Jeann's comments are so misguided that I'm honestly kind of wondering if she's serious. I hope she's not, but I have a sinking feeling that she is, in fact, just that clueless.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
      • RuPaul

        Jeann is a he/she so his/her opinion does not count.

        July 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
      • Stew Pedassle@Sara1981

        What a refreshing change to hear from a reasonable-minded vegan. YOU are welcome anywhere.

        July 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • Fuyuko

      Thanks for tarring us all with one brush.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  27. me

    honesty is the best policy

    July 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Stew Pedassle

      but deception is so much more fun!

      July 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
      • The Judge

        guess we know who wears the pants in that family.

        July 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  28. Mare

    I want to know her trick. I love me some eggplant, and can't grow it.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • Eggplant

      At last, a nice person.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  29. ewpos

    I was 7, camping with my dad, and he prepared freeze-dried peas with dinner. I gagged with my first bite and begged him to not make me eat them. When he insisted, I pleaded, saying that I could not keep them down. When he demanded that I eat the reconstituted peas, I took a big bite...
    ...and puked all over.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • Kathleen

      Or peas for a month.

      My folks were quite determined that it's your head that controls your stomach.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Ayatollah ben Dover

      Kathleen's mom sounds like a piece of work.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
      • Kathleen

        You got that one right!

        (Hey Kathleen's Dad: You DON'T want mom to eat it. She only eats things she's cooked until they are gray! :) )

        July 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • Kathleen's Dad

      I kept telling K's Mom she'd like it if she'd only eat it, but she always made that face and said "No!"

      July 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • aubrie

      DITTO!!! Did that with a chicken pot pie.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  30. BucketDrop

    Ok, GROSS ALERT (don't read my comment if it you are eating lunch):

    When I was a child, I hated zucchini. When my parents finally made me eat it, I barfed right on the plate. My parents never made me eat it again.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Kathleen

      If I'd done that my mother would have served me zucchini for every single meal for a month.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • The Judge

      I have a nephew who can throw up at will, and he will at the dinner table every time his parents tell him to eat just one little bite. It's a battle of wills....

      July 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
      • Will

        And Will's getting tired of it, too. He puked on ME yesterday night.

        July 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  31. MRET

    We don't know Mrs. Max. Maybe a warm, polite but firm "No thank you" doesn't cut it in the Max household. That might be tantamount to total rejection to a person so obsessed with growing a particular vegetable. I'll bet Max didn't drag himself out of a warm bed in the middle of the night to perforate eggplant for the sheer fun of it all.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  32. AleeD

    Refused and it was no big deal.
    Told my parents that I hated green beans, boiled cabbage and brussel sprouts. For the most part they accepted it. Tried eggplant and cantaloupe as an adult and found I didn't care much for them either.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • Brussels Sprouts

      We hate you too.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
      • Snoop Dawg

        Why y'all hatin' an' e'ythang? Y'all need to show more love .... and pass that o-ray-gan-o over.

        July 26, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • AleeD

      Ya know, 'round these parts, they pull the plug on vegetables.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • Frank Zappa

      Call any vegetable . . . and the chances are good.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  33. Multi-Tasking @ Work

    I love Max! how fun for him to be so devious...I love all vegetables except the eggplant. the best way for me to eat them and accept them is in Indian Food or pureed and spiced up like a hummus

    July 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  34. Eggplant

    You are barbaric people and I hate you all. Eat me raw. (bursts into tears)

    July 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Parmesean

      This is why we don't like you! Too emotional.

      It's why chicken [me] is more popular.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • Basil

      Don't you guys start up again.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • Hot Pepper

      I burn on the way in and on the way out. Bet you all can't say that, can you?

      July 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
      • Gastro

        You are a pain in the Azz

        July 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
      • Johny Cash

        "Ring of Fire" was about jalapeños.

        July 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
      • TaiRedOne

        I'm small and red,but I'll burn your Azz.

        July 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
      • Scotch Bonnet

        I'll blow you out my Azz while playing the bagpipes.

        July 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • Artichoke

      Stop saying I'm heartless. Even if it's true. (bursts into tears)

      July 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
      • Ranch Dressing

        You coming over tonight?

        July 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  35. BelDar ConeHead

    Natrönium pods. I always hated those things, and one day I fed them all to the Meutroid. Ha! Ha! There was much vomiting of natrönium that day, let me tell you.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • The Meutroid

      Wait, that was you?

      July 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  36. Yoshizzle

    Faked an allergic reaction.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • I want da gold!

      You felt the need to let everyone know which you voted for?

      July 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Eggplant

      I voted for faking an allergic reaction, too.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  37. S.B. Stein E.B.

    We are a part of a CSA which gave us eggplant. I don't like the stuff, but my wife and I tried making eggplant parm with it. My older daughter,6, ate some and clearly didn't like it like me her father. My 3 year old ate what was there on her plate. My wife is the one that likes it. I had the really thin pieces with a lot of cheese and sauce so that I could tolerate it.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  38. Irfon-Kim Ahmad

    Wow, that is some kind of dysfunctional relationship. His wife loved growing eggplant, so rather than have the forthrightness to just say, "I don't like eggplant. I know you love growing it, and it's not *your* eggplant I don't like, it's just eggplant in general. Feel free to grow and cook it for yourself or others, I'd just prefer not to eat it personally," he ruined his wife's hobby and caused her to be completely bummed out for years until she finally decided that she was a failure. That's like going out and ruining your spouse's motorcycle every night because you don't want to ride on it and they keep offering to take you on rides. Just decline, and let them enjoy their hobby themselves! I'm really glad that as far as I know neither my wife nor myself have ever resorted to this kind of passive-aggressive sabotage where just having an adult conversation would have worked fine.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • Fred Evil

      EXACTLY. This guy dislikes it so much (and perhaps his wife won't take no for an answer from him, which is ALSO kinda crappy), to he uses subterfuge to undermine her efforts instead of being forthright and honest.
      THAT is saving a marriage?! The marriage is a sham...neither side will accept the other's differences...kinda sad actually.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • Truth@Irfon, Fred Evil

      I think that both parties may be to blame. I used to live with a woman who had no respect for my food preferences. Her line to me was always "but you've never had MY____" as though she had some magical touch that made any dish extraordinary. No thanks means no thanks.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
      • Bailes

        Truth, while I do see your point, sometimes it is true the other way around, my husband grew up on canned vegtables and would eat nothing else. He now inhales brocoli, asparagus, zuchini and yes even brussel sprouts, sometimes it helps just to try it a new way and you MAY find that you like it. My father was a chef so we experienced a lot of different foods growing up and I have always asked hubby to try it just once and if he doesn't like it? I would never ask him to try it again...and coincidentally the only veg so far? Eggplant LOL :)

        July 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • Eggplant

      Why does everybody hate me? I hate you back. (bursts into tears)

      July 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
      • Stew Pedassle

        I've never met a true Italian who didn't like "their mother's" eggplant parm. Let that keep you warm .... or rather baked .... at night.

        July 26, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • yashca

      Irfon-Kim Ahmad
      Thanks for giving me the idea to sabotage my husbands motorcycle at night. I have no desire to ride with him but he keeps asking. It doesn't matter how nice or rude I tell him I don't want anything to do with the dangerous death trap he keeps asking me to ride with him.

      By the way. Maybe his wife was the same way. Maybe he told her he abhored Eggplant but because of her love of the plant she thought she could change his mind. She probably thought I'll cook it 100 different ways and some how win him over with my favorite vegitable. When you are dealing with someone who doesn't get the message sometimes you have to take drastic messures.

      I hate most vegitables and a lot of other foods because of the way my mom cooked them. She over cooked and over seasoned everything. Because she forced me to eat a bunch of stuff I hated. I will not try those food items even when someone else makes it. Making me sit at the dinner table until i finished what ever it was did not win me over. It just made me get smart about waiting til the rest of the family was watching something on tv then putting what ever it was back in the pot. If my boys don't like a food I do not force them to eat it. If they want variety they will have to go to my in-laws house. Or they might luck out and my husband will make a trip to the grocery store and buys things I will not purchase.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
      • Mike2

        Then you need marriage counseling, not deceit.

        July 27, 2011 at 6:34 am |
    • Fuyuko

      I agree, I think the hubbie was being cruel and spineless.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  39. Jeann

    It is not a surprise that so many Americans won't eat vegetables...Hence your obesity epidemic. The outcome of an unsophisticated palate.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • Fatty McFat Fat

      I like vegetables – dipped in batter and deep fried. That's also how I like my snickers.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
      • runner920

        The comments section here is much better than the blog itself.
        My favorite veggies are onion rings, followed by Brach's candy pumpkins.

        July 26, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
    • Fred Evil

      Yay! Condescension and disdain, that will certainly get those 'unsophisticated' Americans to change their ways!

      July 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • Sara1981

      I love vegetables–and fresh fruit, for that matter–and I'm far from obese. However, you know what I don't like? Self-righteous, ignorant snobs with an irrational and completely unfounded superiority complex.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
      • Bill Clinton

        Please don't talk about our President or my wife and her girlfriends like that. Thank You.

        July 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
      • Bailes

        @Sara, I agree!

        July 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • Jeff Dahmer

      Snobs are great dipped in batter and deep-dried. Wait, I'm dead. My bad.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
      • MNinGA

        ^^ this one made me LOL ^^

        July 26, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • Bailes

      @ Jeann....right because no other country has an obeseity issue. Whatever

      July 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  40. Sara

    Let's get this out of the way – I'm a picky little weirdo.

    Husband tried to make me try some of his sushi the other day, I refused on the grounds that I've already tried it and disliked it, and I did my best to stare him down until he relented. Or, rather, til we paid the check and I could leave.

    Also, when he gets a new beer he likes, he tries to get me to smell it. I discovered a long time ago that he won't stop asking until I smell it, so I just grab it, wrinkle my nose like I'm sniffing, make a nice face, and give it back.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • boka

      Wow, you must be a ball of fun. (Sarcasm)

      July 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Hasher Iva

      I hope you are better in bed than at the dinner table.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
    • Mike2

      Have you tried to explain it to him? If you have and he continues to do it, he is a jerk.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:35 am |
  41. Mildred

    Ok... that's just underhanded. I think Max's wife would have understood if he told her! She probably has her own food that she doesn't like! I'm certain that she would appreciate the truth much more than his lying about what was going on.

    I'm straightforward with my food likes, dislikes, and Ok, I'll try it's.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • Steve-o

      Yeah right. You shoulda seen the chef's knife she was waving around when he tried to tell her about her homemade muffins.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • Kathleen

      I think Max is a genius!

      July 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
      • Hasher Iva

        I agree! What a novel way to solve a sticky problem. Underhanded? Yes. Deceiptful? Yes? Clever? Absolutely brilliant.

        July 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • Frenchy

      If Max would be underhanded and go to such lengths to sabotage his wife's eggplant, I'm sure there are a lot of other things Max does behind his wife's back that she might not like. It would be interesting to check back in a year or two and see if this couple is still together.
      Otherwise, I think the author made up the story for entertainment purposes only.

      July 29, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  42. Evil Grin

    Aside from when I was a child and was required to eat vegetables I didn't like, I've never had a big problem with people when I let them know I don't like something. At worst, I eat around it. At best, they just don't offer me the food I don't like. coughpeascough

    July 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  43. Truth

    I remember getting in trouble when I was in first or second grade, when a classmate brought in a homegrown eggplant (or maybe zucchini) for show and tell and I yelled out "Put it back in your pants".

    July 26, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Ms. Grammar

      Smile. I remember getting in trouble for tossing the peas under the table to my dog, Duke. Turned out that Duke didn't like 'em either.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
      • John Wayne

        I don't like those little green balls either. :)

        July 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
      • Sara

        They're small enough to swallow without chewing, though you can still taste the pea.

        I disliked peas so much that when I forced down three of them at summer camp, it was noteworthy enough to call my mother. For some reason, she didn't seem impressed.

        July 26, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
      • Little Johnny

        I don't like tasting p33.

        July 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
      • Nuzzybear

        Give peas a chance!!!

        (had to be said)

        July 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
      • Anon_e_mouse

        My wife's brother hated peas... he used to put them in the pocket of their dining room table (the one that would have held the table leaves if they weren't being used), and she would vacuum them out every weekend when she was helping their mother with the housecleaning.

        July 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
      • Bailes

        I learned how to swallow them whole by the spoonful washed down with milk- still hate them 30 years later, they are the ONLY veg from my youth I cannot find a way to enjoy.

        July 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • ex-engineer

      I like vegetables. I like steamed broccoli, carrots, peas(I will eat them frozen) etc. My mom hates vegetables and will only eat a few and only if they are cooked to mush or canned. I didn't know what most vegetables tasted like until college. After loosing my job I moved in with my mother, partly because she is mostly blind, diabetic and needs my help.
      I have noticed that my eating habits have declined, I have also gained a lot of weight. My mother and sister(who share the same bad eating habits) both have many heath issues, while my doctor,I have only been to the doctor twice in the last ten years, told me I was his healthiest patient. Aside from some foot pain caused by many years of long overtime hours my heath is perfect, my blood pressure low and my eyesight great.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
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