Ask Amy: Thanksgiving with her cats and expired food scares me


DEAR AMY: I’m not sure how to handle Thanksgiving and Christmas meals at my in-law’s house.

Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)

Last year, right before the meal, I watched my mother-in-law’s cat eating on the dining room table. It was hard not to vomit. I noticed the salad dressing had expired years ago.

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In addition to all this, she leaves the dog and cat bowls on the same counter as the food being cooked. While it probably is not an actual safety threat, this is incredibly unappetizing.

Over the years, I’ve found ways to get around eating most meals at the house. I sneak out for errands and run to a fast-food joint. I’ve also convinced them that I love cheese puffs that come in one of those huge containers. I can roll through a gallon of puffs in a few days if we are staying with them.

My wife has spoken to both her parents about this several times. Nothing has changed.

What should I do over the holidays? I don’t want to ruin these meals, but I also don’t think I can sit at the table and eat the food in front of …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

      

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