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Food is Best Served with Guests 
 
Feb. 22, 2012 3:38 am 
Updated: Feb. 22, 2012 9:32 am

My family always seems to serve food when we have company over. It doesn't matter whether they were invited or just showed up. It doesn't matter if they're just stopping by for a minute or two, staying the evening, or just dropping something off; they all are offered a drink and a snack. We will serve meals, snacks, finger-foods, drinks, or dessert. It doesn't matter who it is or what we have, we offer it.

I never thought much on doing this while we grew up - it was normal. Then I moved away and into my own little rinky-dink studio apartment and ended up spending much of my time alone with little to no guests for weeks and months on end. My eating habits deteriorated the longer I went without company. I found out how much more enjoyable eating is when there's people to share it with.

It was harder to get up and cook something when it was just me eating; I would rather just open a container of fruit or a can of vegetables than make a healthy meal because it didn't seem worth the effort. When my friend would stop by, I would make a lot of food and we would eat it. It was at this point I came to have an epiphany about my family's tradition with food: "It's best served with company!"

 
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Amanda 
Feb. 22, 2012 9:32 am
I know what you mean. I've started having someone over at least once a week for dinner and hosting a monthly tea party for all the girls just so I wouldn't "forget" how to cook. It's helped me start cooking more, even on the days I'm alone because I'll have a recipe I want to try or tweek to make for company later on.
 
 
 
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I'm a full time university student who loves the simple things in life. Good food, good company, and good entertainment. I'm easy to please, and easily entertained as well!
My favorite things to cook
My favourite things to cook are Asian dishes. I also like making my own pasta sauces, and even made a tomato-based sauce that was sweet. I just like experimenting in general!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family cooks, and cooks, and cooks. I grew up learning that food is company's best friend, and so food was always available to offer to guests. For birthdays we make a Chocolate cake that has a secret ingredient that is always a hit. Kielbasa is also a staple 'comfort' food, always served with vinegar.
My cooking triumphs
When my older brother developed an allergy to soy products, I helped adapt many recipes to become soy-free so he could eat them. It was a lot harder than I first thought it would be - especially the more I discovered how many products have some type of soy in them!
My cooking tragedies
My most memorable cooking experience has to be the first time I made apple pie. The instructor said to add 'as much brown sugar as you want.' I took that a bit too literally (horrid sweet tooth, I admit!) and ended up making what is now called "Apple Soup in a Pie Crust."
 
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