Inspired by Nancy at Spirit Lights the Way, I thought I’d share the reasons that I love to eat at home. Don’t get me wrong, I also love a great meal out but given the choice, I’ll eat in my own kitchen. My attitude toward eating at home began during a time when my husband was traveling a great deal. I simply felt bad asking him to have one more meal in a restaurant and as such, stepped up my own culinary skills. Since that time, I’ve added many more reasons:
2. I know where the produce came from. This is important to me. We eat from our local, seasonal CSA everyday. And while I’m not listing it as a separate benefit, we’re supporting our local farmer.
3. I know the chef. I know what she puts in the dish and I know whether or not her doctors would approve.
4. There are often leftovers to be used for lunches during the week or our once-a-week pick any leftover for dinner night.
5. It’s the best family time that you can get. I posted on this singular reason once in the past but it’s not just my preference, there’s plenty of research around the value of a family dinner.
6. My kids don’t have to have a cheeseburger, chicken nuggets or cheese pizza. Come on parents. I know that some of you have to agree with me about the absolute lack of creativity when it comes to kids’ menus.
7. For me, cooking is a great unwinding time. I know this isn’t the case for everyone but the zen of chopping or stirring a saute is a release for me.
8. I can store the leftovers in a corning ware dish or glass jar and don’t have to lug those styrofoam disposable containers home (actually a real pet peeve so look for a future post here).
9. We’re not burning any fossil fuel to get to the restaurant. We have enough trips with baseball games, violin lessons, school and work.
10. Everyone can get in the game. My husband has talented culinary genes. The kids sometimes enjoy pitching in. I love spending kitchen time with anyone.