DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: My boyfriend is sweet, considerate, and a really bad cook, although he thinks he is a Top Chef. I don’t want to hurt his feelings, but he doesn’t know what he is doing in the kitchen and I keep coming up with excuses to avoid his “Dine In Specials” as he calls them. What can I do to save my taste buds and not hurt a good guy’s feelings? --- NOT DINING IN
DEAR NOT DINING IN: Since he’s showing an interest in cooking, why not push him in a more “tasteful” direction by gifting him with a cooking class or two under the auspices of trying to help him expand his repertoire. You might even look into couples cooking classes. That way you can sell him on the idea that you too want to hone your culinary skills.