You've been hard at work preparing your beef Wellington since 8 a.m., then you spent an hour designing your tablescape, another hour choosing the perfect wine to accompany your meal, and even more time preparing individual soufflés and baked Alaska for dessert. Feels good, doesn't it? Or maybe all you did was toss a bunch of ingredients into a pot on the stove while sipping an ice-cold Natty Light, and somehow turned out the perfect pot of chili. Whatever it was, you did it really, really well, and your guests noticed. Or maybe it wasn't even that good, but your guests still want to tell you how much they enjoyed it.
Why do so many of us have trouble accepting praise? Here's what I've learned about how to accept a compliment in the kitchen.