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Lynda Loveland: Ewwww, that's gross!

Posted January 5, 2011
Updated January 12, 2011

Lynda Loveland

I take great pride in making home cooked and healthy dinners for my family. (Although sometimes, not at the same time. I confess I do like butter.) I don’t make the same thing all the time. I like to try new things and expose the kids to more than spaghetti and tacos.

Some of the things they’ll eat, some they won’t. I’m not offended. But the thing that really ticks me off is when they look at something and say ewwww, gross!

My son made that mistake the other night. I made Brussels sprouts. The first time I made them, I admit they were terrible. But this time I blanched them first, than roasted them until they practically caramelized. They were surprisingly tasty. I put half of a sprout on each kid’s plate to try. My son, who is normally a good eater, took one look at it and said, “Ewwww, it looks like puke.

I snapped. I’d been in the kitchen for more than an hour making dinner and his comment went down about as easily as a cup full of glass shards. You see, I also made shrimp scampi over angel hair pasta and a Caesar salad accompanied by sour dough bread.

In one move, I rose from the table and snatched him out of his seat. His back-side resided on the stairs in a time out while the rest of us started dinner.

I don’t know if it was the time out or the look of death on my face, but he hasn’t made that mistake again.

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Find her here on Thursdays.


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  • JAT Jan 6, 2011

    Can I come eat at your house??

  • njacobs317 Jan 6, 2011

    You Go Mom!!!!

  • EZeegoing Jan 6, 2011

    My mom used to work all day, come home and cook up a healthy meal, none of this fast food, pop it in the oven junk. Mom had a policy. You eat at the table or you don't eat at all and go to bed hungry. After a day or so of not getting what we wanted We soon learned to eat what was put in front of us and keep our comments to ourselves. We ate everything on our plates as we were told. To this day my children and grand children eat a well balanced meal every evening. Mom was right in teaching us a lesson.

  • computer trainer Jan 6, 2011

    I love Brussel Sprouts. How about sharing that recipe. And yeah, the comments can stay in their heads.

  • Killian Jan 6, 2011

    With new foods, our kids had to try 2 bites -- the first was to get past the "EWWW" factor, and the second was to actually taste it. But we didn't allow disparaging comments either!

  • jkca Jan 6, 2011

    LOL! Love your reaction to the "EWWWW"!

  • blahblahblah Jan 6, 2011

    Would love to know your recipe. My husband loves brussel sprouts and I don't have a clue what to do with them. As a kid, I did not like them but am willing to try them again now that I'm all grown up!

  • erinaaronsbaby Jan 6, 2011

    Good for you, Lynda!! Now how about that recipe you used for the brussel sprouts?? I've been looking for a way to get my hubby to eat them, LOL.

  • chicky Jan 6, 2011

    The "look of death" probably made an impression :-) Good for you for making your kids try new things!

  • hihuwatlu Jan 6, 2011

    I was blessed with a good eater who will try almost anything. When she was little, I would fix her plate with a small amount of each food I had prepared. She could go back for seconds on the items she really liked. Our rule was always "if you don't like it, don't eat it" but comments like "ewww" or "gross" were not necessary and would not be tolerated.