Who do you know that is an awful cook? How do you live with someone who just sucks at cooking? Can you tell someone they are terrible with out hurting their feelings? My dad is an extremely intelligent man, but is the worst cook. Ever. Problem is, when he cooks, he cooks like he would eat it. So he just tosses a bunch of shit together and eats it. It started when he was a kid. He is one of 10 kids, so no food went to waste. If you didn't like it, you didn't eat. When my dad was 5, my grandpa once threatened all the kids on a family camping trip that if they don't eat their baked beans for dinner, it would end up in their oatmeal for breakfast. Sure enough, baked beans and oatmeal for breakfast. So my pops just tosses a bunch of shit together. To him, if it looks and tastes like shit, it doesn't matter because it's all going down the same. It's all fuel for your body to him. I live with my parents for now because, well, they travel 6-9 months out of the years, and I'm broke as fuck until these 5 houses I sold close in the next few weeks, so I watch their house. My mom is out of town so my dad bought a shit ton of groceries the other night and was going to make a casserole from a recipe that she sent him, and then leave me the rest of the groceries so I can cook up whatever. Her recipe that she sent him goes something like this: -Fry up 1/2 lb of hamburger -cut 1 squash and 1 zucchini -1 can of stewed tomatoes -1/4 of a cut up onion -lightly season, mix and put in 1 casserole dish cover with shredded cheese and bake. It was very simple and enough to fee him and I for a day or two. So I ask my dad if he is following the recipe, he says, "I read it." I just silently begin to weep, because I know what's about to happen. What my dad makes: -Fry 2lbs of hamburger. Cover in spices and hot sauce. -Cut up 2 large zucchini and 2 large yellow squash -1 onion -1 can of cream of mushroom soup WTF? WHY DOES THIS SEEM LIKE A GOOD IDEA!??!?! -2 small tubs of sour cream NO! NO! NONONONONONO!!! -1 cup of shredded cheese -1 big ass cup of parmesan cheese Mix everything together and over season the shit out of everything. I'm talking a 1/4 cup of red pepper and oregano, and whatever spice is within arm reach. Then he deicides that there isn't enough cheese. -add the rest of the bag of shredded cheese -1 cup of feta cheese (Now this really annoyed me because that shit did not melt at all. It was for fucking salads!!) -cover in crackers and crispy onion straws So, at this point, we have TWO very large pans of casserole. I'm talking enough food to feed 10 people. I ask him "Should we invite other people over to eat?" He doesn't laugh. Then I asked why he used all two pounds of the hamburger... He said "It was frozen, I didn't want to cut it in half." [insert rage face here] It's just me and him, and he is about to leave town. I think his idea was to make enough food that I could just eat and take to work. Anyway, this is some of the most gawd awful slop I've ever seen. He makes me a large bowl of it, and we eat it... and he's like "Wow, this is pretty good, huh? But it's missing something...." I eat half of it, wait till he leaves the room, then dump the rest down the garbage disposal. An hour later I can still taste all the spices on my togue. Other things he's done this week... He cooked some chili and didn't drain the hamburger or sausage, so it's like a spicy beany jalepeno laxative. Also, he used a shit ton of Apple cider vinegar on the taboulleh he made. It just smelt nasty and it's still sitting in there. He doesn't understand the art of cooking. He's manages $100 million dollar projects, so he's very technically inclined... but this is just some of the worst shit I've ever eaten. How do you guys deal with terrible cooks? How can you stop someone when they are trying to be nice and are making something just flat out terrible?