Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, November 20, 2021

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 20, 2021 Happy ThanksgivingHappy Thanksgiving 
The Chef Knows By Peter Dills 
Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 20, 2021 Happy ThanksgivingHappy Thanksgiving 
The Chef Knows By Peter Dills 
My dear ol’ departed father told me 
time and time again “Don’t argue sex, 
politics or religion, you’ll never win”. 
Well, the holidays are here and we will 
be spending time with loved ones… 
and the loved ones who get on our 
nerves. My politics are simple: I don’t 
share my views at social events, and 
I’m not going to change my 85-yearold 
uncle who swears by Fox News so 
bottom line keep your lip tight if you 
must ask questions learn and don’t react. 

Here are a few more of my “get along during the Holidays” tips… 

• Ask for help, but don’t expect it. Families are never fair. Work is never equallydivided. That’s just the way it is. I am always prepared to do everything, but very happynot to. Wasting time being mad because one person tends to just sit around ruins thewhole experience for everyone. 
• Don’t try to be right about everything. Getting the family together can be a toxicexperience when someone insists on being the winner in an argument or thinks he orshe is right about everything….of course, I am right about everything, but that doesn’t 
mean I have to rub it in their faces. 
• Try not to criticize. Nothing is more hurtful or hard to watch than someonecriticizing someone else in front of others. Whether it’s your kids or your spouse oryour sister, holidays are a time to suspend critical thinking and just surrender to holidayspirit. If you need to discipline a child, please take the child to a quiet corner or anotherroom and speak respectfully. 
• Enjoy yourself. If you are doing all the work, make sure you sit down and takebreaks and talk to people…so what if dinner is a little late? I like to spend a little one-onone 
time with each person present—to take the conversation at least a tiny step furtherthan just “How are you?” 
• Lay off the liquor. I haven’t had a drink in 10 years. And I don’t serve alcohol 
in my house. It’s amazing how much happier my family dinners turn out when no 
one’s crying or acting out after drinking too much. I don’t get upset when people bringtheir own wine to a dinner at my house—but the fact that they might be the only onesdrinking seems to help them stay in control. 
• Remember, we are all going to turn into our mothers/fathers one day. The verythings that drive us crazy about our parents and relatives are probably hard wired intous, too. It’s just harder for us to see it in ourselves, since we are looking at the world frominside of ourselves. 
You probably have your own game plan, so if you have holiday survival tips of your own, 
feel free to share with me, and tune in this Sunday Night at 5 PM for my Foodie Talk 
Show AM 830 KLAA - the Angels Radio Station 

One last thing: please bring something to the party. Even if the host says they have 
things covered, there never is enough ice or plates. Pro Tip: don’t bring an entrée unless 
asked - I learned the hard way on that one 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

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