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Quote of the Day: Tamar Adler

July 19th, 2015

“But there is dignity in allowing oneself to keep clear about what is good, and it is what I think of when I hear the term “good taste.” Whether things were ever simpler than they are now, or better if they were, we can’t know. We do know that people have always found ways to eat and live well, whether on boiling water or bread or beans, and that some of our best eating hasn’t been our most foreign or expensive or elaborate, but quite plain and quite familiar. And knowing that is probably the best way to cook, and certainly the best way to live.”

Tamar Adler from An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace

Recently, we started having Friday night dinners at our home. We have an open invitation to the first 6 people that RSVP. They bring sides and wine, we provide the main dish. Mostly, I make simple food: meatballs, meatloaf, carnitas, etc. It’s a way for us to see the people we’d love to visit with and empty our freezer of all of our home raised pork. The food is simple and delicious, the conversation is better than the food.

It’s all about people and relationships, we feel that happens best over a delicious meal, especially over a simple meal. There’s no much fretting on my part, nothing that takes a long time to cook or takes prep while everyone else is eating.  It’s perfect, we’ve been enjoying the evenings and so have the people in attendance.

What’s your favorite simple meal to prepare? 

4 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Tamar Adler”
  1. Tiffany on July 19, 2015 at 8:43 am

    I love the idea of hosting a weekly supper with friends!

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  2. Nebraska Dave on July 19, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Susy, hmmmm, my favorite simple meal, huh. It’s usually some kind of soup in the crock-pot. So many variations and all are good to eat. There’s nothing better to me than a good soup and a chunk of bread. Although, different variations of beans and rice dishes are pretty good. For group gatherings, I usually have a big pot of meatballs for meatball sandwiches. It’s pretty simple. Just meatballs and spaghetti sauce in a crock-pot or big pan on the stove on lowest setting heat for a few hours. I’m starting to get hungry. I’m making me some real soon.

    Have a great weekly fellowship gathering day.

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  3. Lee on July 19, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    What a great idea! Any kind of soup.

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  4. Sarah Ledtke on July 21, 2015 at 8:36 am

    I like to make crockpot barbacoa from our shoulder roasts of beef or venison that we stow away in the freezer. It’s lovely to come home to that delicious scent and it’s a crowd pleaser served family style with lots of toppings!

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