I am very wary of sending DH to the store for me, detailed list or not. Because he WILL buy something else than what I said I wanted.
One time was when we were living with the ILs for a short time. It is important to remember for this story that MIL used no spices, herbs, or other flavoring in her food, not even salt, pepper, garlic, or onions, so I couldn't use the things that were already on-hand. ("Only stinky foreigners eat onion and garlic!"
) They were going out for the evening, so I decided to make pizza, a food that never appeared on her table.
I sent DH for this:
Packet of dry yeast
1 bulb garlic
can of tomato paste with Italian seasonings
8 oz pkg of sliced ham, or smaller if they had one.
8 oz Mozzarella cheese, any brand but Kraft
We were living on a VERY tight budget, and this was intended to minimize the expense.
I did get the flour and salt, but everything else he decided to get what he thought I ought
to want. I got:
A cake of yeast, kind of a damp cube. A form that I'd never used before and haven't seen since, probably because it didn't rise properly.
Tomato paste with garlic and onion
Bottle of Italian herbs
1 pound of sliced deli honey-baked ham
1 pound Kraft mozzarella
He had excuses for all of it. "I got that kind of tomato paste so I didn't have to get garlic and onions. And deli ham tastes better than packaged. And that was the only kind of yeast and mozzarella I could find. What do you mean, an onion is cheaper than Italian seasoning?" He'd spent at least twice what I'd budgeted, even more than the price of a delivery pizza.
And MIL had the utter gall to say "Why are you making such a fuss over a lousy pizza?"