It’s another Weekend Gourmet blog Carnival! But before we begin, I want to share a story about food and love.
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So, I tried that once. When I was single, I invited a bachelor to dinner. Made him a recipe I clipped years before from Bon Appetit magazine.
I will never forget it. Chicken Hardeman was the recipe, a family recipe from a magazine reader. The kind of dinner you start making the night before. A recipe I was anxious to try, ever since finding it. Too time consuming and complicated to make for myself, but just perfect for a dinner date when I was trying to impress.
Well-lll. Didn’t quite work the way I had planned.
Let me take a step back. You need to know I had never tried to woo a man with a special dinner. And, I never made this particular recipe, before (ignoring mom’s warnings not to experiment on my dinner guests). So this was a big deal. I was sweating it. Wanting evv-verything to be peerrrfect!
His, not so charming, response? “My grandmother cooks better than this.”
What a cad! I fumed for months about this insult. And, needless to say he was out of my life poste-haste.
So, when I met my future husband, I decided to do the bare minimum. I wasn’t going to go through THAT again.
When he wanted to come over for dinner, I said, OK, but WE need to go to the grocery store. HE bought the items I picked out: ground beef, onion, hamburger buns, pickles, chips, catsup and mustard. HE grilled burgers on the back deck. All I did was mix chopped onion, salt and pepper into the ground beef, make it into patties. And for my encore, put the chips and buns into bowls.
I didn’t sweat it at all, he thought he was getting a feast (I’ve since checked bachelor food diary) we had a blast and the rest is history. We were engaged within 3 months.
What did I learn? Trying too hard simply doesn’t work. Relaxing and just being together, does.
Even today, my cooking style is less is more. I have learned how to make my own homemade pickles. They are so easy to do! And, my husband and I still go to the market together, though these days our shopping trips include the farmers market or a farm store and RealFoodMedia trusted sources.
Keith, my husband, still does the grilling and really loves my cooking now that processed foods (like chips) are off the menu!
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