Food brings people together. A great deal of bonding can happen over a pot of soup, but when one person wants chicken noodle while the other wants vegetable, it can turn into a food fight - and not of the John Belushi variety.
Couples expect the normal relationship woes – sex, money, respect – but with the growing prevalence of dietary restrictions and interfaith marriages, the kitchen is increasingly turning into an all out turf war.
This shouldn't be a surprise, says psychotherapist Karen Koenig – food is an "anything-but-simple subject."
A couple of weeks ago I invited a group of work friends over for a small dinner party. With an e-mail subject line of "Wild game night at the Branch ranch," I suppose I should not have been surprised by the barrage of questions that followed. After all, journalists tend to be an inquisitive bunch.
With a spicy blend of trepidation and curiosity, they responded to my invite one by one: "So you actually killed it?" "How are you cooking it exactly?" "Did you clean it yourself?" and "What part of it will we be eating?" I smiled to myself and crafted a response, reassuring them that they would enjoy a safe, nutritious, and hopefully delicious-to-them meal.
While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Get caught up in the mix - March 1 is National Fruit Compote Day!
Originally made during the 1600s in France, compote (the French word for "mixture") combined pieces of fruit, or the whole thing, with simple syrup. While the fruit cooks over gentle heat, spices and flavorings like vanilla, orange peel, cinnamon, cloves, coconut or candied fruit are added to the mix.
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