It takes a real man to cook for his wife a meal she actually enjoys eating. In fact, if you cook for your whole family it is indeed a path to the highest on the “mancard” you could possibly expect to achieve. Bringing the family together is what men should do. Cooking is part of nurturing others. Why let the lady of house do all the heavy lifting in this area?
The gold-premium level mancard is reserved for the guys who can do more than open up a bag dry pasta, boil, and pour on Prego red sauce. It requires the very technical balance of making a salad with the right balance of sweetness, acid, salt, and crunch. Get your raspberry vinaigrette spot on and you win! My son may not cheer me on this one, but he learns to see what its like to make a woman smile.
Now, of course all agree grilling and knowing how to use a real BBQ are the basic items of being a dad. Cooking outside is indeed a bonus. And, there is nothing better than well seasoned chicken meat cooked perfectly with indirect heat. But, side dishes matter, too. Beans from a can might be OK for a picnic in the mountains, but for your own backyard cookout, a fresh pasta salad, couscous, or Spanish rice should be in order.
Nothing makes the wife more happy when she and the cubs enjoy a well cooked meal papa bear fashions. I am proud of this. Yes, my wife can cook, and her coupon cutting makes shopping a breeze. The point is this. I love to cook for my family. I am not fully gourmet every time since I make everything from the edible budget quickies to homemade pasta. I’m OK with that, too.
Learn they joy of cooking and earn your cooking mancard. If anything, it forces us to sit down at meals with the family–the best part of the deal. If my family does not eat dinner together three times a week or more, I feel we lose more than nutrition. We miss prayer, stories, and laughter. And, when I am the one cooking the kids had better turn the TV off, put that book down, and show up to our time of breaking bread together.