The first Thursday of November is National Men Make Dinner Day. Here are the official rules (you may want to print this) …
Rule #1: National men make dinner day is always celebrated on the first Thursday of each November.
Rule #2: Man agrees to participate in national men make dinner day. Bonus points if he does so without seeking promise of night out with boys in return.
Rule #3: Man, completely un-aided, chooses a ‘published’ recipe from any source, or Internet.
Rule #4: Main meal must include minimum of 4 ingredients and require at least one cooking utensil other than a fork
Rule #5: Man goes shopping for ‘all’ necessary ingredients. Bonus points if he takes inventory of cupboards and fridge first.
Rule #6: Man organizes all necessary ingredients in order of importance on kitchen counter. At this point, he may need to make a phone call or shout out the word ‘honey’! Followed by a question. This is not allowed.
Rule #7: Man may, if desired, turn on radio or his favourite CD. Man agrees not to be within 30 feet of TV remote during cooking process. At this point, spouse and any other family members should not be anywhere near kitchen. (unless smoke detector goes off!)
Rule #8: Following recipe carefully, man starts to cook dinner! Apron is optional, (bonus points if recipe includes one of the following : capers, saffron, or the word ‘scallopini’).
Rule #9: Man must use the ‘clean as he goes along’ rule! Following each completed use of utensils, cookware, etc., everything is rinsed, cleaned and put away
Rule #10: Man sets table, beverages are poured, no ketchup bottles, sour cream containers, or big boxes of salt on table.
Rule #11: Spouse and/or family members are served! This is an opportune time for a photo. Man is ‘allowed’ to gloat no more than three times during the meal.
Rule #12: After meal, table is cleared by man, dishwasher is loaded. Man returns to couch.
Mike’s top five ways to tell it’s National Men Make Dinner Day.
#5. Flour everywhere, big mess in the kitchen, take-out chicken bucket in the trash.
#4. One word: bacon
#3. Two words: Hamburger Helper.
#2. Bacon AND Hamburger Helper!
#1. After two hours in the kitchen; eventually a coin toss decides if it’s Panago or Domino’s.