We all know that meals are an important part of holiday celebrations. Whether it is a large turkey dinner to celebrate Thanksgiving, a rib roast for Christmas, or an all American BBQ on the 4th Of July. Even when we are retired with more time that we had before, often in between the holidays, our meals can become routine and dull with making that same old casserole every other week & just having a bowl of cereal & coffee for breakfast.
You’ve probably started thinking about the best restaurant to take your sweetheart for Valentines Day this year. How much more meaningful it would be to cook your “special someone” their favorite dish? With a quick search on the web, you can come up with new ideas to spruce up your meals. Did you know that February is National Hot Breakfast Month? When is the last time in this busy world have you taken the time to enjoy a hot meal to start your day? February 19th-25th is National Pancake Week, plan a day to make some pancakes topped w/ fresh berries as a change of pace. February 3rd is Chinese New Year’s, when is the last time you have gone out to a Chinese restaurant. Mardi Gras is right around the corner on March 8th, start your day with some beignets for breakfast & some Gumbo or Etouffée for dinner. During the hot summer months plan a Hawaiian themed Luau and invite some friends and family over. The list goes on and on, but the message is still the same, plan and have fun!
When shopping at your local market or grocery store take the time to speak to the Produce Manager and ask what fruits and vegetables are in the peak of their season. Talk to the Meat Manager and ask what cuts of meat that they might recommend, many will offer tips, menu ideas, & recipes. Same goes for the Fish Monger, utilize their expertise on coming up with new ideas on what to serve for lunch or dinner.
While we still need to be conscious of portions and making healthy choices, food is something we can experiment with, find new loves, experience different cultures and share together! It may take a little extra research on the web and more time shopping to plan ahead, but the end result is being able to try something new and different instead of eating that same old casserole every other week, for the past five years like we all have done!