December 25, 2012

National Kiss the Cook Day

“Kissing don’t last; cookery do.” - George Meredith

It's National Kiss the Cook Day!
(Please note: I don't know if this is actually a "real" food holiday, but I'm celebrating it anyway!)

I have no idea where the phrase "kiss the cook" comes from. Try as I might, I couldn't find a source or a history. So if you know... get in touch, because it's driving me crazy not to know.

So, today I'm going to focus on the actual, wonderful cooks that we should be kissing with gratitude for feeding us. Coming up with a meal idea, purchasing ingredients, preparing the food, serving it, and cleaning up afterwards takes a tremendous amount of effort. And, in my opinion, mom's are often the unsung hero of such hard work. I know my mom is... she always has been (and always will be). When I was younger I would miss dinner frequently because of sports... my mom always made sure she put a plate together just for me so that I'd have something warm and nourishing to come home to (and usually, she'd sit with me when I ate at 8 or 9pm so I wasn't alone). And now? I never eat breakfast, and I usually skip lunch, too. I'm just so busy that I forget to actually eat (unless it's blog related it seems). My mom knows how hard I work, and whenever I'm visiting her (or she's visiting me) somehow she gets me to slow down and eat three proper meals. And dessert. And snacks. She knows in those moments that I'm the most taken care of I can be. I know it, too. And I know I need someone like her with her secret ingredient of "love" - we all do! - to keep me running.

So here's to the people who nourish our belly's and our souls. To my mom (and your mom, or dad... or even you)!

Merry Christmas and...

Happy National Kiss the Cook Day!