The Argument...

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Wild Kingdom. Brought to you by Mutual of Omaha. I'm your host Marlin Perkins. Today, Jim is in the Rocky Mountains to give you a glimpse of Big Horn Sheep.

"Hi Marlin! As you know we are up in the wilds of the Rocky Mountains to catch a glimpse of some Big Horn Sheep. Prior to mating season Big Horn Sheep often clash. The rams attempt to establish a dominance hierarchy that determines access to ewes for mating. It is during the prerut period that most of the characteristic horn clashing occurs between rams.* This horn clashing can be loud and scary but most often times the rams come out uninjured. But Marlin, there is a strange phenomena happening... there is a gender confused ewe clashing with a male. Let's see if we can get closer to find out what's going on. Jeff, see if you can focus the cameras on those two sheep in the distance and can you also turn on our special sheep translator on so everyone can understand what the sheep are saying."

"Ethel, why can't you cook something I want for a change."


"Buddy, every time I ask you want you want for dinner, you tell me 'I don't care.' or you tell me 5 minutes before I start cooking dinner you want pot roast. Seriously Buddy, that's unfair. It takes hours for a pot roast not including defrosting time. I know you think I'm a great cook but damn."


"Ethel, can't you just make me a tuna casserole?"


"No, I can't make you a tuna casserole. You knew when I married you I would never make a tuna casserole. It was put in the prenup. If you want it so bad, make it yourself"


camera panning back to Jim

"Well, there you have it Marlin. These two sheep are clashing over tuna casserole."

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Well, there you go folks. Rich and I are having a fight over, of all things, tuna casserole. I absolutely hate it and he wants me to make it for him. Now I love my husband very much, he works really hard... blah, blah, blah... I'm not trying to diminish what he does but I think you get the gist of what I'm trying to say. I told him before we were married that I would not make tuna casserole, I couldn't stand it. It makes me gag... blah, blah, blah. So, we are at a stand still. He wants it, I won't make it but neither will he.

I want to know... should I stand my ground, I made it very clear before we were married that I wouldn't make it or should I throw in the towel, overcome the nausea and gagging and make the damn thing already?

What would you do?

I have already thought about making the worst tuna casserole ever but that just doesn't seem right.

*thank you wiki...


Melissa said...

I feel your pain but...

I'd probably do it. Actually, I know I'd do it. I'd make it clear though that it would be a once a year thing. If that.

And I'd make it the best freakin tuna casserole ever.

I know, I suck hehe.

The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

I had a pre-nup about chicken gizzards. My husband loves them...I won't cook them, they make me want to vomit. I tell him the same thing...you want them, you make them. Hell I make everything else he eats, including stuff I don't eat or like, so the refusal to cook chicken gizzards stands in my house.

Stand your ground, if he wants Tuna Casserole bad enough, he'll make it.

sandi said...

If he gets tuna casserole, then you get something you want that's equal in value to the amount of nausea you have to endure. A new ring? Fancy night out? Killer new shoes? A whole insane shopping spree?

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but I am totally with Melissa. I would rock his face off with the best tuna casserole ever but only when I felt like it. This is the exact current state of affairs regarding mrChaos's favorite casserole which I can't stand.

MichelleB said...

Oh hell no. I would not make it. At least I don't think so. LOL

mlmnttlkr said...

I wouldn't do it.

Julia said...

I can't tell you how many times I've watched this same argument among other couples (though substitute out tuna casserole for any number of other items)... and I bet if you made him the tuna casserole you'd get rewards back ten-fold. Generosity of spirit begets generosity.

Julie said...

Can you get your hands on a gas mask? If so, then go for it!

Pamela said...

OH! your blog looks so fancy now...

Caroline said...

I would not make it...but I am stubborn like that. Plus it's gross and I don't do gross...

Anonymous said...

OK, I had a food pre-nup on the subject of spagetti, I wouldn't eat it. Period.

A couple of years after we got married my brother and his wife (who may have still been an err-um) invited us to dinner. Both of them are 1st rate cooks, in the leauge my wife is now).

The main course was a pair of spagettis, a prima vera and I think a marinara. I'm polite and take a small helping of each, after all there is a 24 hour pizza joint at my subway exit. To my suprise, much less my wife's, I took seconds of each.

My parents, and they both did this dish, did it only one way and it was the world's worst pasta. It was also the only pasta I had ever had. Dreadful, first boil the pasta for 30 minutes by the clock, nauseating, the sauce involved a bottle of catsup and a pound of cheap ground meat, did I say dreadful.

Linguini with clams is a regular lunch item now and a pasta is a fairly common dinner side.

You may never have had a good tuna caserole. BTW neither my wife or I are big on it.

Anonymous said...

So that's what the Big Horns were fighting about...I always wondered.

BTW....creamed tuna over potato chips was my father's guilty pleasure growing up. My mother was a French cook...everything had a yummy sauce. The day that she relented and opened up that first can of Aunt Penny's White Sauce was a sad day indeed. But she loves my dad and they have been married for over 40 years. Of course they are both nuts....but what are you going to do?


Christi said...

The smell of tuna makes me gag so absolutely not.

If it didn't make me gag, I would probably get it ready and save it for a night I wouldn't be home and leave him to bake and eat.

Kristin @ Going Country said...

I always did love tuna casserole. But then, my mom's preferred method of serving it was potato chips whole on the side to scoop it up with, instead of crushed on the top. You get more potato chip that way. It was pretty much the only time in my life I was given permission to eat as many chips as I wanted.

That said, in your situation, I wouldn't make it, because I'm a stubborn bitch like that. I still refuse to make pie crust. Maybe he could bribe one of the sous chefs to make it. It's so easy, even the youngest could probably do it.

SaintTigerlily said...

I would make it. I love watching people eat my food even if I don't like it. In fact I cook a lot of stuff I don't particularly like: chili springs to mind. It occurs to me that this could just mean that I am woefully underloaded in the self-esteem department and need to get some backbone and stand up and say NO.

The Boss wants hot dogs a lot. I say no to that most of the time.

Anonymous said...

One year for the holidays, I thought I would be extra generous and make a loaf of pumpkin pecan bread, despite my nut allergy...as the aroma filled the air, I could feel that awful itch in my throat

...never again

KitchenKiki said...

My husband really loves tuna salad & I don't. I can't stand the smell, texture or look of canned tuna so I don't make it.

After he begged me, I bought the stuff to make it, he assured me that he would make it for himself (and that I would like it when he was done - I just hadn't had "good" tuna salad). Well the can is still in the cupboard & the veggies were either used for other things or, in one sad case, tossed. I still haven't made tuna salad, but neither has he. I think he thought I would make it if I bought everything.

Other things that I don't like or cook he generally makes if I am working during dinner.

Stand your ground. If you give in on this, who knows what will be next! First tuna casserole then spam salad?

Anonymous said...

I would make it... unless there's gagging. Then the deal is off. My old goat knows I can't even look at a tomato from across the room. He slices his own tomatoes and cleans up the slime. I will cook mushrooms for him though, even though I don't care for them (but they don't make me gag).

So you have to measure on the gag scale. If you can make it without gagging, you should. Just to show him that you have "range"!

Mama Goose said...

Don't do it!! It'll make your house stink for a week!!

Anne Stesney said...

No way, Krysta. The only thing that should make you gag is that seventh margarita.

Tuna casserole can be really easy to make. Why doesn't he do it? Preferably when you're out of town for a few months. Or at least a few hours.

Humble Abode said...

gross! make the kids make it.

Jennifer said...

LOL, I have been married 2years, put on a gas mask and make it but you arent obligated to eat it!

Anonymous said...

I love tuna casserole, but my husband hates it...so I only make it for myself when he's away, because it totally stinks up the house. Tell your husband to send you on vacation, then he can make all the casserole he wants while you drink pina coladas of the chests of tanned cabana boys. See? COMPROMISE. Now everybody's happy.

MommyLisa said...

Anything made with Tuna from a can went out with the idea that we are, or could ever be, June Cleaver.

Grill him a tuna steak and tell him to get over himself.

Tuna Casserole, Salad, etc. are VILE.

I won't make them either and I know my hubs loves them too. ')

Anonymous said...

Send him over, I'll make it and eat it with him...hey didn't Diane have a good recipe for easy/good tuna casserole?

First the covers, now this!

Sarah said...

Stand your ground on actually making the tuna casserole yourself (hey, you warned the man about this years ago, right?), but as a compromise, find some local restaurant that serves tuna casserole and surprise him by taking him there. Shouldn't that be a good resolution?

By the way, tuna casserole is totally repugnant and I completely empathize with your feelings about making it. Fortunately for me, my husband gags at the sight and smell of tuna, so I'll never be asked to make it. For whatever, reason, though, he'll eat lox. Not sure why lox is exempt.

MrOrph said...

My mom made that so much that I cannot bear to even THINK about it.

I'd probably make it for my wife if she really, really, wanted it, but I would stay away from it!

Magpie said...

I. don't. eat. tunafish.

Therefore, no casserole, ever ever ever. Yuck.

Snooty Primadona said...

I will make anything Mr. Snooty asks for (within reasonable boundaries) for fear that if I don't he'll find some one else to cook it for him. Luckily, we both hate most of the foods we grew up on. I ate so much tuna casserole growing up, I'm sure I'd puke if I had to make it. Let me just say that I've never had to make meatloaf or fry liver either. Thank God!

dlyn said...

I would make it - but then, he carries my camera bag for me when we are tromping through the woods. And I love tuna noodle casserole.

Anonymous said...

Krysta- I'm voting with the 'make him the casserole out of love' crowd. Just make the Ina Garten version. You might be surprised how amazing it is... And even if you don't eat it imagine what a sweet gesture it would be to make him something he knows you hate. That's love!

me again said...

I so want to come across as a kickass bitch about this, but honesty rears its ugly head....I would make it. And I would make a spectacular one too. And then I likely wouldn't make it again :-)

Anonymous said...

This is probably why I married a very understanding man...I'd be the one making the tuna casserole from hell so he would never ask for it again. Or I'd put all the ingredients in a bag with a note attached giving directions on how to make the dang thing himself and then let him know while he's making and eating said casserole I'm going to be at a spa in Palm Springs!

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