by Wes Fessler
Have you ever been able to get everyone in your family to actually enjoy a meal at the same time? It seems that a majority of the time in my family there is at least one person who wrinkles their nose in disgust at whatever I make. Admittedly, I am not a gourmet chef, but neither do I consider my food to be worthy of the shuddering looks and gasps of dismay it commonly receives from a woeful minority.
How rare and how sweet are the occasions when the whole family sits together and as a whole enjoys the meal before them. Most of the time life is too busy to accommodate everyone’s individual taste, but once in a while it is a pleasure to all to enjoy a Favorite Food Day.
Favorite Food Day is a day when every meal has something for the whole family to enjoy. To some this may sound too good to be true, but it is not as difficult as it may seem. To a large extent families are forced to eat foods on a daily basis that are merely tolerated in an effort to accommodate life's busy agenda.
For many there is not enough time to prepare meals that everyone will enjoy when work, school, and extraneous tasks place demands on attention and time. The sad truth is that many families have little choice but to reach for the staple foods that get simply get them out the door on time. For this reason, Favorite Food Days are to be enjoyed on days when the family can relax and take time for meals. Weekends are an ideal time for many families with a brief respite from work and school.
The saying goes, "Food is the way to a man's heart." This is only partly true. Food is the way to everyone's heart. The point of Favorite Food Day is to enjoy a day when food makes everyone happy. There are to be no repulsed expressions, complaints, or plates scraped into trash cans on this day.
Favorite Food Day is a day when the whole family returns in some small way to the days of infancy when food was wonderful! Even with the more developed tastes that come with age, there is something that everyone enjoys. The aim of Favorite Food Day is to supply the foods that leave everyone smiling, and too satisfied to complain.
Although your natural inclination may be to surprise your family with this special day, it can be more helpful to tell them about it before the fun begins. By telling them that you intend to have a Favorite Food Day, you give them an opportunity to be excited about the meals you will prepare. This significantly decreases the possibility that someone will approach the table with a negative attitude about the meals of the day. Informing them of your intentions for a Favorite Food Day will give them a reason to be excited about the food for the day, and place them in a mindset of something pleasant to come.
Obviously the goal of Favorite Food Day is to please the entire family with the meals of the day. How this is to be accomplished will vary depending on many things (cooking ability, preferences of the family, attitudes, etc.) but here are a few suggestions that can help just about any family: