One of the things I struggle with is making time to sit down and eat dinner at home as well as making it feel just as special as dining at a restaurant. I love cooking at home, especially for other people, M or other friends. Back in college, we had ‘family dinner’ once a week and that was always my favorite meal.
For me, eating is mindless and out of boredom. You put a bag of Goldfish in front of me and some Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I’ll knock back the whole bag. All 12 servings. Eating is for nutrition. It’s all those boring string cheese sticks and carrot sticks. It’s for convenience; it’s those prepackaged foods and anything you have to unwrap.
Dining, on the other hand, is a communal experience. It’s passing plates of tasty and fresh vegetables over heads and glasses of wine. Dining is stopping and taking time to spend with those you love, nourishing each other with good food and great company. It is a fancy night out at a Michelin starred restaurant.
One of the small things I’m doing to be proactive is putting a tablecloth on our dining room table and eating off our good plates. What steps do you take to make dinner special at home?