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This was a special week to me during the beta test. So, given that I am missing my family and the times that we ate together, I'm bringing it back.
Here's the Intro that accompanied it when it originally ran.
My real family is eating real food and I am SO psyched about that. And, I am finding that as I reach back to my favorite food memories, so many are ‘real food’ dishes. But then again, I’m that old, we didn’t own a nuker and I had an old school dinner table growing up. We ate together every night and we ate what we were given – no questions asked OR wrinkled noses.
I am often asked, do your kids really eat all those meals on the plan? Ummm, no - we are a ‘real’ family remember??? But, this meal plan gig is what is served here. I have one that eats everything and one that’s super picky – we’ll call that one SP. SP can’t have things touching, doesn’t like the sound of things and is rarely willing to try new things. I give in on one level only – there is always something I know she likes and I deconstruct what I can. As long as she legitimately tries things she can have a healthy snack later. It works for us.
Dinner cannot be a battle ground at my house, I work to hard to make good choices and it can’t get wrecked at the 11th hour. So, to take the pressure off of SP, we play games during dinner and she loves it. Most often its naming foods that begin with a certain letter until no one can think of another. Or, it’s Mrs. Paghetii. Mrs. Paghetti likes her spaghetti with fill in the blank. We go around the table and each person adds something to the spaghetti like anchovies or pickles or lump crab meat or sourpatch kids. Each person must remember and repeat the whole list in order – its hard. OK, its hard for me.
My personal favorite thing at dinner time is rose, thorn and bud. Each of us tells our ‘rose’ or our favorite thing about the day, our ’thorn’ –the worst, and our ‘bud’ – what we are looking forward to tomorrow. What’s really great is that my husband gets clued in to our days a little more and vice versa. We learn of a big meeting, a new product , etc.
I am trying hard to create that dinner table of mine from 30 years ago – just in a modern way. Our world is not that one and I get it. Everyone has a schedule now – not just the parents. But, as I reach back for the food memories and prepare these dishes – I share those memories with my kids. Whether its the summers on Cape Cod, a summer I spent in Italy or late night dinners with Uncle Pete in college. I hope that my food memories trigger yours too.
Have a great week and welcome back!!