Always being on the go has taken me to some great restaurants, and has allowed my friends, family, and I to try some delicious and interesting dishes. However, eating out not only impacts my overall monthly budget, but also keeps me from enjoying some really good quality time with friends and family.
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There is nothing like creating a home cooked meal with your loved ones. Taking the time to prepare dishes provides a great deal of comfort to those eating them, and it also provides you with an air of satisfaction knowing that you were able to deliver a great meal to people you adore. However, when you and your family and friends take the time to cook together, true magic happens. Smiles and laughter come out while you create memories and share a new experience together. Cooking homemade meals together really does create a stronger sense of family whether it be in your actually family or your family of friends.
If you choose to have a dinner with friends, consider inviting everyone to bring their own favorite dish to turn it into a homemade potluck. You will get to sample each others dishes and share the stories behind them whether its about Grandma’s favorite pasta recipes or your Mother’s chocolate cake recipe you just can’t match. You will also be able to dine on the dishes that brought love into your friends’ families allowing you to feel an element of closeness.
If you choose to cook with your spouse or child, look for recipes together on sites such as yumm or AllRecipes. Once you find a main dish, side dish, and dessert that look delicious, cook them together. You’ll have fun being able to work together in the kitchen, catching up, and actually taking the time to enjoy each others company while giving something new a try. After you enjoy your meal that you put time and effort into, you can then do the dishes side by side to complete a nice evening filled with good quality time.
Cooking at home not only gives you a break from the hustle and bustle of a new restaurant every night, but it also allows you to kick back and relax with those who mean most to you. There are dozens of resources online which allow you to find new recipes, and you could even ask your mother for her favorite cookbook or ask your friends to being theirs over. While restaurant dining does allow you to sample fine cuisine without ever breaking a sweat, there are a few perks to cooking from home that should never be underestimated either. So instead of ordering takeout the next time you don’t feel like going on, consider dusting off that cookbook and bringing the whole family together for a great home cooked meal.