LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
And, finally, men clean their plates. You spend an afternoon cooking and you know not one crumb is going in the garbage. That’s satisfying in no small part because it’s actually quite a lot of work to cook. Having a guest who comes to a dinner party to pick at their food because they don’t want to gain weight perhaps shouldn’t have come at all. Moreover, these guys in particular appreciate every bite. They are big foodies and I can throw anything at them — beef tongue, caviar, sweetbreads, quail. They’ll happily dig in.
Of course, my girlfriends right and guide me in an invaluable way, and I love to have them over too. There is just a different set of expectations, which I didn’t realize were in place until I experienced the contrast.
Which I will experience again tonight. Homemade pizza, Caesar salad, chocolate chip cookies and beer are on the menu for the guys. My husband’s had a tough few weeks and I’m looking forward to seeing him cracking jokes with his friends. In preparation, I’ve studied up on the week’s headlines. I’ve double-checked we have plenty of vermouth. And the pizza stone is in the oven. Now, boys, let’s eat.