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August 06, 2006

Talking Him Into It - Feeding The Guy


When I first met The Guy he didn't eat anything green. No, actually that's not fair of me, he did eat one kind of vegetable: haricot verts. Yes, that's right, the very expensive, very thin cousin of the green beans that most of us eat. He gushed about the wonderful qualities of his haricot verts every time I mentioned the need to add veggies to our meals until, one day, he got a job and started buying his own groceries. Then those little haricot verts started to look, well, a little less appetizing, even at Fairway prices. So we switched to green beans.

It took me almost a full year to get The Guy to try salads. It was like pulling teeth. "Please?" I'd ask, every time I bought a head of lettuce that I knew I couldn't finish before it went bad; "Maybe next time," he'd say. But to my great surprise, when he finally did try salad he loved it (only the way I make it, but that's a good thing). We had the same battle over greens like spinach and Chinese watercress with the same results - once he finally tried it he fell in love. And over time he started to trust me to feed him greens (and sushi and shellfish) that he would like. By the time we'd worked our way up to artichokes he didn't even take any cajoling - he just bit right in.

But then, last week, he balked at a food choice: sandwiches for dinner. With the temperatures in triple digits I didn't feel like turning on the oven or boiling water, so, after a little inspiration from a beautiful picture of a BLT from one of the recent issues of Bon Appétit, I suggested that we try BLTs for dinner. "For dinner?" he asked, with a look on his face that reminded me very suddenly of the look he used to have when I mentioned spinach. I tried to tell him how lovely the sandwich would be. "But we wouldn't have to cook much at all and we can add cheese and have a lovely sandwich with cheese and tomatoes and bacon." "Bacon?" he asked, a new look beginning to dawn on his face, "crunchy, fatty yummy bacon?" I paused a minute to consider if this was, in fact, what I wanted to talk exercise-challenged hubby into, but I had just begun to win the argument and I wasn't going to back down, so we had lovely sandwiches with crunchy, fatty bacon (and good tomatoes, good lettuce, whole-wheat challah and melted raclette).

And did he like it? Of course he did. He loved it. We even had it the next night. And we're going to have it again tomorrow night.

Posted by georgia to Kitchen and Cooking on August 6, 2006 08:42 PM | permalink | Email this post

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My husband balked the first time I made breakfast for dinner so I can relate. I love BLT sandwiches and the challah makes this one very special. I will have to try it next time.

Posted by: Katie at August 8, 2006 01:29 PM

Men eh? Drive you crazy!

Posted by: Sara at August 11, 2006 03:46 PM

This post was really cute! I could really hear your voice behind it all... haha oh how i miss work.

Posted by: Chikara at February 3, 2007 10:41 PM

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