Dinner for Two – a Marriage Forged by Food

 

I love to cook; she loves to eat.  Can you find a better combination?

Valentine’s Day is soon upon us - a day often punctuated by dinner with that special someone in your life. I thought it an opportune time to tell you about my special someone and the dinner(s) that brought us together.

The story of love between my wife, Leslie, and I starts with food.  We met through a mutual friend at our church on the campus of The Ohio State University, and a few short weeks into our friendship, we both realized that we had found someone special. 

For Leslie, it was a late-night stir-fry.  We had gone out to listen to a local salsa jazz band in downtown Columbus.  By the time we got back from the show, the sun had gone down, and we were both starving.  I did what any other guy would do in the situation: grabbed the nearest wok and whipped up some Cantonese noodles.  It was love at first bite (although if she were telling the story, it might read differently).

My wife and I, in our younger years.

My wife and I, in our younger years.

For me, it was mouse poop… a lot of mouse poop.  Leslie was in the process of moving back with her parents after college.  During the move-out process, she and her roommate discovered that they had an uninvited guest who had been helping itself to the kitchen cupboards.  I did what any other guy would do in the situation: grabbed some gloves and cleaned the apartment while the girlfriend was away.  She was so appreciative that she surprised me a few days later with an elegant dinner of ginger-crusted salmon and risotto.  It was love at first bite (I have been enamored with risotto ever since… and I married the girl).

My wife and I share other things in common, but cooking and eating together have made our relationship strong in a way that has practical implications every day of our lives.

Picture from a recent visit to The Ohio State University. Browning Amphitheater sits in the back right of the shot, which is where we were first introduced to one another.

Picture from a recent visit to The Ohio State University. Browning Amphitheater sits in the back right of the shot, which is where we were first introduced to one another.

Any relationship can benefit from the shared experience of cooking and eating together: parents and children, friends, teammates, coworkers, etc.  Do you have someone you want to know better, someone with whom you desire a stronger bond?  Bring them into the kitchen! If you don’t know what to do once you get there, come and find me.