Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Dying Art of Home Dining: Who Eats at Home Any More?

We must be the last family in Southern California who has three solid home-cooked meals each day at the dining room table. Sometimes I'm lazy for breakfast and let everyone eat cereal or some bread and fruit, but often I cook something for breaky, too (like grits with fixings, omelets, cheese blintzes, breakfast tacos, etc.).

My seven-year-old, Jaclyn, eats the elementary school lunch, but that’s only because they have a salad/fruit bar with fresh local ingredients (pretty cool, huh?). Brian (the hubs) often gets some form of leftovers for his lunch to take to the office. I usually make a salad or something simple for myself at home for lunch.

Then, I go tee-totally crazy every supper—I see it as a way to show my love, to learn something new, to nurture and give good, fresh food to my family, and heck—to spend some time together (and oh yeah—to use those lovely herbs and veggies Brian grows so laboriously in our back yard). We say some sort of gratitude or prayer before eating. We gather around the dining room table, and no one is allowed to watch TV or use any devices during supper. Once a week, we eat out, but usually somewhere simple and not costly (fish and chips last Sunday).

I know we’re holdouts of an earlier era. But I think the family that enjoys eating lovingly-prepared food together will stay together. At least that’s my hope. Plus Jaclyn is still young. She’ll get busier and less loyal soon enough. I’m relishing these meals at home.

How often do you eat at home each week versus eating out? Who cooks? Do you sit around the table and have a meal or is it often grab-and-growl? Let me know--just click Comment below or email me here.


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