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The First Thursday of November
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Sandy Sharkey

A beautiful image isn’t it? Coming home at the end of the day and the wife has dinner all laid out and ready for her hard working husband. Part of the bucolic yesteryear images of the 50’s, when the man worked and the woman stayed home (working harder than him most days!) to keep the house in order and running, it’s not surprising that while the tradition of the wife making dinner has persisted, most of the time it’s as part of a two earner household.

It’s time to start turning that around, and Men Make Dinner Day is just one small step on equally sharing the responsibilities of making a home and life together. Besides, some of the world’s greatest chefs are men, so there certainly isn’t any standing evidence that men are just worse cooks. Men Make Dinner Day is your chance to try out your culinary skills… just remember that ordering take-out isn’t actually ‘making dinner’ boys.

History of Men Make Dinner Day
Men Make Dinner day was established to help those men that have perhaps never cooked outside of a barbecue, and are a little intimidated by the kitchen. Sandy Sharkey was responsible for the creation of this day, determined that men could be amazing in the kitchen, and help to produce some truly tremendous meals.

They’d met far too many men who were not just inexperienced in the kitchen, but were in fact entirely afraid of the prospect of approaching a kitchen with the intent of preparing a meal. Men Make Dinner day is your opportunity to get out from in front of the barbecue, and truly amaze your family with a great meal… eventually.

How to Celebrate Men Make Dinner Day
There are a few rules to celebrating Men Make Dinner day, and they start with no barbecuing. They then follow by not permitting reheating left-overs or ordering pizza. Men Make Dinner day is a day for men to get into the kitchen and learn the (not so) arcane art of preparing amazing meals. The first thing to bring with you in preparation for making your first meal is a sense of humor. Mistakes happen when you’re learning your way around the kitchen, and cooking is a skill that is part art, part science. There’s plenty to go wrong!

But don’t let that intimidate you, some of the greatest meals were invented by a mistake turned amazing. Just remember, your partner isn’t allowed to help you with the preparations, they can help you pick out a meal, even one they’ve made before, but after that you’re largely on your own! Look on the bright side! At least there won’t be any kale in this meal, and no shortage of meat!

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