Courtesy of the Social Qs column in the NY Times:
A Fine Kettle of Fish
I arranged to bring shrimp hors d’oeuvres and poached salmon to a family picnic. A cousin who doesn’t like to be upstaged suggested that I bring just the shrimp, and that she bring the salmon. (She usually brings chicken.) Should I agree, or tell her that I have already ordered the salmon and want to bring it?
It can be fun to mess with controlling people when the stakes are stunningly low, as here. Dig in your heels on the salmon: “I’m having a wild one flown in from Alaska.” Then watch your cousin turn gastronomic cartwheels. Veal Orloff with béchamel, anyone?