DEAR ABBY: I have been married for a year and I am concerned about one issue. Dinner is a constant source of contention. Although my husband and I work full time, I enjoy coming home and preparing a home-cooked meal for him. He views this as too fancy and too expensive.
We are financially comfortable and our grocery bill is modest. It frustrates me that he doesn't appreciate the thought and effort I put into our dinner. That's the way I was raised. My husband would die happy eating frozen pizza and salad out of a bag every night! That may be fine for some people, but I prefer to eat better than that. Any suggestions? -- LIKES TO COOK IN ST. LOUIS
DEAR LIKES TO COOK: Your husband may be happy eating frozen pizza and salad out of a bag every night, but he'll live a longer, healthier life if he varies his diet. Rather than seeking approval or gratitude for preparing those home-cooked dinners, explain to him that putting healthy, balanced meals on the table for you both to enjoy brings you pleasure and is a way for you to unwind after the workday. It's not "too fancy," and the money is well spent.