I thought my family was over the top... It is funny because you are correct on all counts. I can't believe they won't let their kids eat the dishes you bring, it is probably the healthiest thing they will eat till your next visit.
Funny you mention that. on my side of the family the are less stupd but more "midwestern US". By that I mean they are more fearful of all this weird stuff like not making every day a feast day and skipping the meat. I remember visiting my brother years ago and his daughter, then about 4 years old, begged and begged and begged for broccoli. This is what she called all vegetables. I remember her screeching in the kitchen while my brother said "no, I'm not fixing any broccoli. Have a hotdog, they are better for you". I walked in and said "are you crazy?" and he said "if she had it her way, she'd eat only only vegetables"? And, of course, my come back was "what the heck is wrong with that?".
I was raised on meat, meat, and more meat, plus any pale vegetable (instant potatoes, ice berg lettuce, corn, and dumplings. I used to beg and beg my mother to let me skip the meat, but no way, not in their house.
These days my family still thinks I'm crazy. And I'm definitely going to use the potatoes not prozac line when I get there for Thanksgiving. That might just hit home with them.