She Made Everyone Homemade Food Except for Her Brother’s Stepdaughter. Is She a Jerk?

Call me crazy, but I feel like a lot of friendships and relationships among family members are being fractured these days…over food.

It’s true!

There are all kinds of stories out there about people getting incredibly offended about what food they are served or not served.

And here’s another example!

Read this story and let us know if you think this woman acted like an a**hole.

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AITA for making homemade food for everyone except my brother’s stepdaughter?

“I (27F) am not a professional chef, but I have taken a bunch of cooking classes and love making elaborate meals for friends and family.

About two years ago my brother, Greg (25M) married Cheryl (34F). Cheryl has a daughter from a previous relationship (Becca, 9F) who has several health conditions, including celiac and a severe dairy allergy that requires her to carry an epipen.

Last weekend I hosted a dinner at my house for my parents’ wedding anniversary. I made a fancy five-course dinner and in addition to my parents, I invited four close family friends, Greg, Cheryl and Becca, and my sister, her boyfriend and their twins (both 8M). Because of Becca’s food restrictions, I found a restaurant in town that specializes in gluten-free, dairy-free (as well as other allergen-free) food, and arranged for them to make a full meal for Becca that I could pick up in advance of the party.

I have made a variety of speciality meals in the past (for example, keto meals when my friend was following that diet) and I like the challenge, but knowing how serious Becca’s restrictions were, I didn’t trust myself to make her meal. I have ADHD and get easily distracted, and if I even used the wrong spoon or didn’t completely wash some flour off a bowl, it could make her incredibly sick.

I thought the “take out” solution was fine, but when I served the food, I saw Cheryl looking at Becca’s plate with a stony face. For her part, Becca started eating and seemed fine. Cheryl whispered to Greg, and Greg asked if he could talk to me in the kitchen.

When we got there he said that it was “unbelievable” that I couldn’t be bothered to make something for Becca, that they’d been bragging about what a great cook I am to her, and that he knew I’d made keto, vegan, and other complicated kinds of food in the past; now she would feel left out because she didn’t get to eat what the rest of the family was eating.

He said that it was obvious that I didn’t care about making his stepdaughter feel like a part of the family, and that they were leaving. Greg, Cheryl and Becca then left, which put a damper on the rest of the party.

I felt like I did my best at the time, but in hindsight, I wonder if I should have tried harder to make Becca feel included since she is a relatively new addition to our family. AITA?”

And here’s what Reddit users had to say.

This reader said she’s NTA by any stretch of the imagination.

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And another person also said she’s NTA and it’s sad that brother can’t appreciate this.

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And another Reddit user said they think the kid’s mom was being petty.

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