100 Rules of Dinner

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Jenny Rosenstrach, author of Dinner: A Love Story and the blog of the same name, summed up the last few years of her writing on the family dinner in such a funny, wise, helpful, and entertaining post last week. She laid out her 50 rules for dinner, and then her husband did the same, starting with: “When making pasta, be sure to salt the water.” Want to see all of their rules for dinner? What would your rules for dinner be? 

The idea of “rules” is of course sort of fast and loose here — call them something more like “helps” or “opinions.” Here are a few more of my favorites: 

  • Always cook more spinach than you think you’ll need.
  •  Improvising with herbs or vinegars? Yes. Improvising with baking soda or baking powder? No.
  • Slice a baguette on its side instead of right side up. That way you don’t end up smushing the loaf with your hand and knife.
  • The best way to get the conversation going at the table is by saying “Which kid got in trouble at school today?”
  • When someone says they drink “one to two” glasses of wine a night, you can pretty much assume it’s two.
  • You very rarely feel worse about yourself after cooking dinner.
  • Three secret weapons of salad dressing: Teaspoon of sugar, dash of Sriracha, chives.
  •  If someone cooks dinner for you and that dinner is delicious, and you enjoy eating it, say so. Say, “Oh my god, this is so good. This is INSANE.”
  • Eggs can become difficult to eat if you think too hard about them.
  • More vinegar, less oil.
  • Salt the water again.

What would your dinner rules be? I love this list (I agree with almost all of it!). I’d add things like, “When cooking for more than 6, a pork shoulder is the answer.” Or, “Everything and anything tastes better on the grill.” 

What about you? Does this list prompt you to make your own list of dinner rules? 

→ Read the whole list: 100 Rules of Dinner at Dinner: A Love Story

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