When DH's close and extended family visit, it's usually for the weekend. They are from rural areas.If lamb stew, cheesy biscuits and steamed vegetables are "weird", what the heck is "normal?" Those seem like good, solid, regular-type dishes to me!
He always tells me "Don't cook wired stuff". About the fifth time, I asked him what weird stuff I cooked.
His answer - lamb stew, cheesy garlic biscuts, waffles, bruschetta, steamed veggies, ya know, weird stuff.
And yes, I have had his family turn up their nose at the cheese garlic biscuts.
Don't mix foods!
I grew up in a meat and potoatoes home. A little stew made from leftovers was fine, but other than that, forget it. Cheese was only for sandwiches, and the only condiments were salt, pepper, butter, catsup, mustard, and Miracle Whip (PLEASE don't start the MW vs mayo again!). We had beef, chicken and pork, and wild meats that most people consider weird.
Even garlic (which grows wild on area farms!) was shunned. And vegies had to have the life cooked out of them and only salt and butter on them.
Recently at one of our parties hummus was served. "What's that?" "Ground chickpeas and garlic," and the answer I got was a funny look and the guy walked away.
Of course, pies and cakes and cookies were always present, and homemade ice cream. Those were the only desserts.
After my stepmother passed away, my dad said that he hoped to never see another pizza, because that was what they had for dinner every Sunday evening and he hated it. He was over 40 before it became popular, and it was still a few years before he tried it.
I'm good now and sometimes get comments. I don't bother with more than a quick cool glance and ignoring them.