A long time ago I discovered that I like to feed people. It wasn’t a ground breaking discovery, my family has been in the business of feeding people – professionally and personally – my whole life. I just discovered that it was fun to cook food and serve food. I liked setting the table, arranging flowers, scouring the fridge when everyone else said it was empty and producing food.
We’ve gone to friends houses and I find myself taking over the kitchen and inviting myself to dinner as I promise to cook it all. I don’t even mind the dishes. I’ll text your husband or mine a grocery list to pick up what ever might be missing from your pantry.
I didn’t realize that I had always been feeding people until recently. As I have started to forge a path with Weeknight Society that feels more genuine to who I am and what I love to do, I’ve realized that I have always been drawn to feeding people.
In high-school, I cooked dinner for my dates before dances and baked cookies before every football game. On weekends I experimented with cookie recipes (some were epic failures – like the recipe where Martha Stewart insisted you could use bacon grease as the butter substitute. Vile.)
In college I crashed the kitchen in fraternities to try to find ingredients to make anything edible. I ordered pizza instead.
When I lived in Italy I hosted parties in my apartment for the other ex-pats. I scavenged the city for ingredients to make a Cinco de Mayo party, hunted at farmers markets for ingredients that I could afford for a big group, and found party supply stores to decorate for birthdays.
As a full-fledged grown up now, I cook every night (mandatory with children) and find great joy in it. Weeknight Society has let me indulge my love for cooking – and my love for feeding others. Once a week my photographer and I photograph every recipe you will see – step by step photos and the finished dish. We usually shoot seven dinners in one day – often in five hours (we have children to pick up from school).
Having a kitchen full of seven complete dinners means I send out a group text once a week to get all that food out of my house. You have no idea the amount of joy I get from feeding my friends. Especially my friend who is currently 36 weeks pregnant with twins. Anything I’ve made in the last month that was freeze-able has been delivered to her freezer.
What I’ve discovered is that I want to feed you. All of you. But that’s not all. I want to feed you healthy food. Real food. Groceries that come from the outside edge of the store or the farmer’s market. I want you to be healthy. Like, really healthy.
I eat a lot of weird things now in an effort to be more healthy. I won’t push that on you. But once in a while, let’s do a cleanse together. Not a “only eat juice” cleanse or something silly like that. But a clean food cleanse. One where we won’t eat gluten or dairy for a week. Reset our system with good healthy food.
You aren’t alone in this trek to cook dinner and be healthy. I want to feed you. So let me be a resource for you. That’s what I’m here for.
If you’ve read this entire post, then you deserve to be the first to know that Weeknight Society is evolving into…
… an app! Weeknight Society will be an app you can subscribe to in the iTunes store featuring weekly menus, smart shopping lists, and recipes – all of the recipes are designed to take about a half an hour. Some take a little longer, some take a little shorter. In the summer, we’ve eliminated the kitchen where we can.
If I could find a way to cook for you, I would. Believe me, I’m dreaming up ways. In the meantime, download the app on July 15th (Mark your calendar!) and we can start slow.
I would love your feedback and thoughts as I move forward and keep cooking. Have a recipe you’re dying to make on the weeknight but it doesn’t seem realistic? Let me work on it! Hungry for something we haven’t cooked? Let me know.
I can’t wait to feed you. Even if it’s from a distance and through your phone. Share it with me and I’ll repost everything. Use #weeknightsociety and I’ll find it.