I am the most utilitarian cook I know. Most of my meals inevitably are sourced from cans, garnished by generous dollops of hot sauce and self contempt. (Just kidding. Kind of.)
I’m not necessarily a bad cook, I just don’t enjoy the process. So I just don’t do it. If you’re a guest at my house, you know you’re eating carrots and hummus. And you better appreciate them!
Because today marked my 30th act of kindness (woo hoo!), I wanted to make it kind of a big deal and finish off the month with a bang.
As I’ve mentioned before, my mother is a domestic goddess. But my father is pretty nifty in the kitchen as well. Together, every Sunday night, they make the most incredible dinner known to man. Then they roll me to the car and drive me home so I can be reunited with my canned food for the rest of the week until Sunday rolls around again.
I decided that I would cook my family a three-course dinner today. They were a bit apprehensive at first, but then got really excited once they realized I was serious and wasn’t just going to order two large pizzas and call it a day.
I won’t lie. I don’t think anyone is going to be banging down my door to become the next Food Network star anytime soon, but I did it! (Full disclosure: I may have set the fire alarm off once…or twice.)
Appetizer: Mini spinach dip casseroles with toasted naan bread and a crap-load of cheese
Main: Grilled salmon burgers with feta cheese and spinach; coleslaw; potato salad
Dessert: Apple crumble accompanied by a healthy smattering of vanilla bean ice-cream
I couldn’t think of a better way to wrap up this long weekend and my first full month of kindness.
Total Kindness Cost: $50 + one burned “practice” crumble