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Dinner Party Etiquette: Bringing AND cooking your own food?

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Dinner Party Etiquette: Bringing AND cooking your own food?

SpoTurkey | Nov 19, 2011 04:59 PM

Would love some feedback on this... I am having Thanksgiving dinner at my parents' house (where I now live as I am their full-time caregiver), and my sister and her husband will be traveling to stay with us for the holiday. We are not much for cooking, and have always ordered prepared meals (Marie Callendar's) that we heat and serve. My parents are not in the best health, so the easier of a dinner affair for me, the better. So we've always done meals like this, they require less work and stress, and everyone loves them.

Now my sister has informed me that she'd like me to go pick up a bunch of ingredients so that her husband can make his own stuffing for dinner. She acknowledged that I will already have stuffing with the dinner, but they love his homemade stuffing and want to have it as well. The kitchen is small, and granted I will not technically be "cooking", but I will still be using the oven and stove to reheat and prepare everything. And her husband is insisting on making an elaborate stuffing with all kinds of ingredients... calling for counter-space and sharing the two-foot wide stove area with me. (Not to mention the mess he will make, using all kinds of utensils, pots, etc., and slopping food everywhere, as he is incredibly messy; and the mess will be left for me to clean).

Am I being unfair thinking this is ridiculous and rude of them?? I do not like three people fussing around in a kitchen while I'm trying to get dinner together.

Granted it is not a "formal" dinner party, and it's just family... but still, shouldn't the same etiquette apply, or at least common courtesy of not messing up someone else's kitchen??

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