We all know how easy it is to go out for dinner because we all do it, and there is nothing wrong with eating out. But when you do decide to stay in and prepare a meal at home, the experience of cooking should be enjoyable. These days our live are always so busy, that we often overlook the opportunity cooking provides us to socialize or bond with friends and family. Creating the right atmosphere can turn a meal at home into a wonderful occasion, and we all can benefit from taking advantage of this.
But before you can start cooking you gotta make that run to the market, and there should only be one underlying theme here: Get the freshest ingredients you can find! What you purchase from the grocery store is what you will be putting into your body, so whether it’s fresh produce, some super fresh seafood, or a couple of good steaks, quality is key.
what you purchase from the grocery store is what you will be putting into your body
Anything that comes directly from the source to the store is more likely to be fresher and taste better than anything that is frozen and shipped from other parts of the world. Consider limiting your options to buying local (farmers market, butcher, fish monger, etc.), buying items that are in season, or even organic produce to ensure your ingredients are fresh and full of flavor.
Now when it comes to preparing the meal, it’s all about setting the mood. This is a great time to socialize and let everyone take part in the preparation, so you always want to create a good atmosphere. And like great food, music has the power to move you emotionally, so opening a bottle of wine and turning on some music is a perfect way to set the right mood for the evening.
Getting everyone involved can be as simple as having the kids stir the bowl, or have your friends prepare the salad while you're working on the main course. Whatever works for you. But remember, this is what it’s all about. Good food, good times, surrounded by people you care about... No reservation needed.