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Loves food, but content with Stove Top

Help me understand.

For T'giving I made two outstanding appetizers (I was asked to bring them by the host): Blue Corn Tortilla Crusted Crab Cakes in Spicy Carrot-Mango Broth and Mango-Green Onion Relish, and Toasted Pecan and Gorgonzola Stuffed Dates.

My friends who celebrated the day with me, raved over and over about how good everything was. (It really was.)

Then comes dinner ... the standard turkey, mashed potatoes, Stove Top stuffing and canned gravy. Dessert was a basic pumpkin pie made from the can and with a frozen pie crust and, to my horror, whipped cream from an aerosol container.

How can people, who definitely appreciate the taste of exceptionally well-prepared and tasty food, be okay with eating that which has no flavor at all?

I don't want to sound negative, but this really confuses me. Several of these people are great cooks, so this mystery continues to boggle my mind.

I'm thinking they love delicious food, but lack the initiative to prepare it. It just seems to be a gastronomical dichotomy that makes little sense to me. Thoughts?

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