Dinner for Four

My son, Andrew, has eaten dinner at his girlfriend’s house many times in the past year. From what I hear, her mom is an amazing cook. She not only serves the main meal like filet or pork loin but also a plethora of side dishes to choose from. She also makes homemade bread and desserts which she often generously sends home with Andrew to share with us.

A few things here. In my house, side dishes are typically a canned vegetable or applesauce. I’ve always had trouble with side dishes. To me, side dishes are for Thanksgiving dinner, not Taco Tuesday. Also, it takes me a while to make the main course and side dishes mean more work and more dishes to clean.

Second, I’ve never been much of a baker. Sure, I will whip up the occasional batch of chocolate chip cookies and, of course, hamantaschen on Purim. When we have company, I like to buy dessert and the local bakeries (and probably the fire department) thank me for supporting them.

Recently, I decided to invite her for Shabbat dinner. I asked Andrew to set the bar a little lower for me and set expectations accordingly. I cannot compete with her mom and definitely don’t want to. But, I can certainly pull off a Friday night dinner. I will make her the food of our people – brisket, sweet and sour meatballs, and push myself to make a side dish of honey carrots (fancy, right?!).

One question – does sweet kugel count as dessert? I hope so.

I enjoy a good challenge such as having a special occasion to cook. They are only 17 so this isn’t a dinner that means anything more than wanting to spend more time with them. And in the end, I hope it is my conversational skills that will win her over where my culinary ones likely will not.

And maybe – just maybe – she will bring home a few pieces of kugel for her parents to try.

3 comments on Dinner for Four

  1. vidya
    October 27, 2020 at 7:24 pm (3 years ago)

    That is so sweet!! And in our homes, our meals vary from main dish only to main+ sides or to just a whole bunch of sides.

  2. Dominique Walton Brooks
    October 24, 2020 at 2:20 pm (3 years ago)

    How sweet! I didn’t really date much in high school until my senior year. My boyfriend’s mom worked a lot so I didn’t eat over there much. My son didn’t date much in highs school either so he didn’t invite anyone over either. It must be a family thing! LOL

  3. Robert Krantweiss
    October 24, 2020 at 1:41 pm (3 years ago)

    I ate over Susan Butler’s house quite a few times! That was when I was 19 or 20+! I was 23 when we were married. I think it also meant that Mr. + Mrs. Butler , your grandparents liked me.