#30 Cook (a real) dinner for your family.

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



    • Thanks you, Rudiger. It makes me happy to hear that you enjoy reading them.

      My family definitely enjoyed the food and the effort – and luckily, no cases of food poisoning thus far! 🙂 Phew.

  1. You got me with the crap-load of cheese and the practice crumble. LOL Congrats on your month. You’ve been an inspiration. Last night at 10pm while I was hovering over my month-end stats, it occurred to me to go trolling and visiting as many follower pages as I could – hopefully producing some unexpected visits for the morning. It was great fun and i thought of you. in lak’ech, Debra (Next time I’ll start earlier than 10pm)

    • Who doesn’t enjoy a crap-load of cheese? Nom nom.

      Thanks. Can’t believe it’s flown by so quickly! That’s awesome that you felt inspired to do that. I should do some trolling myself. 🙂

      • You were the inspiration, and Dax had a post about doing what you want for yourself, for others. It seemed like I should have thought of it before. 🙂

  2. I loved this and chuckled all the way through….I hope you kept the burnt crumble to fuel you through the week? Ice cream and custard can mask most things. Huge hugs for you. <3

    • Eugh. No, the “practice” crumble was burnt beyond human consumption (even at my low standards). No amount of ice cream or custard could mask its failure.

      (I just ate the ice cream by itself instead.)

      Thanks for the continued support and kind words. 🙂

  3. 3 words — vanilla ice cream!!! but really, love love this act of kindness. i cannot find a better fulfilling thing to do than cooking a meal for my parents. I have now been doing it for the past few months since coming back home and waiting for a job. You did an amazing job.

    • Right!? I’ve actually never been a fan of chocolate ice cream. Vanilla is definitely my jam.

      That’s awesome that you cook for your parents. I honestly haven’t done it in…3 years? Eeep.

      Thanks for taking the time to leave your comment. 🙂

      • You are welcome. Chocolate cake is more like it for me. I started it only recently when I got back home from a previous job. I honestly did not know more than 2 dishes when I started. My parents love me too much to complain. 🙂

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