The thread on the rarity of chowhounds prompts me to wonder how you all cook for people who aren't that involved with food. We get together regularly with DH's family, all of whom live fairly close by. I used to labor for days to produce something really good and because the family includes vegetarians, non-fish or seafood eaters, people who are lactose intolerant or have other issues with food, this is not simple.
I really enjoy cooking and eating with friends, but it's finally penetrated that DH's family doesn't care. They avoid all unusual foods including eggplant, any mushroom that isn't a button, all cheeses that aren't cheddar or local Brie, any meat that isn't cooked to medium. Further, when we eat at their homes, the offerings are usually storebought fruit and veggie platters, packages of premixed salad greens with bottled dressings, meat or fish grilled or roasted with no seasonings - you get the picture. I get a little annoyed that no-one makes much effort, but then if they don't care why should they do a lot of work? They're good people, we enjoy spending time with them but food is never going to be important.
I can't bring myself to buy premade food and just throw it on a table, but I don't want to spend hours in a kitchen putting together meals no-one will appreciate. How do others deal with this?