Saturday, July 14, 2012

Because It's Made With Love?



I’m a big fan of weekends. Having most of the family home. Movie marathons. Time to catch up on the little things...

But one of my favorite things about the weekend is that Mr. W makes my coffee for me.

Such a little thing, but sometimes all those little things add up, don’t they?

But beyond the little things adding up, his coffee is GOOD. 

It's always better than mine, though we follow the exact same steps. Why? Why, I ask you???

But then again, have you noticed (or is it just in my family) that food (and coffee) are almost always better when someone else makes it for you?

My father-in-law’s cacciatore is always better than mine, though it’s his recipe. My daughter’s favorite food is mac and cheese, and she makes it all the time. Yet, when I make it for her (using the same recipe) she claims my version is better. And the list goes on.

Does this happen to you, too? And if so, why do you think this is? 

11 comments:

Aurian said...

Yes I totally agree. I can make really good beef stew, but still it never tastes exactly the same as my mothers. But it could just be the quality of the meat, or the taste of the water. Even in a country as small as Holland, water tastes different everywhere. Less or more "hard" calcium, whatever. Multiple water companies.

Books by Heather said...

Aurian, I'm glad I'm not alone! And for some reason beef stew sounds SO good right now, despite the heat outside. Yum!

Sue said...

IT's that extra love put in a dish by someone else making it that makes it that much more delish!!! My mom and granny could make the same dish and I could just tell which one was Granny's.

Jeannie D. said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one. My Mom makes the best peanut butter fudge. I have the same recipe and it turns out okay, but it is just not the same. I have even watched her make it and did the same thing but alas! her's is still better. The same thing goes for her Salmon Burgers.

Anonymous said...

I have always liked other people's cooking and the coffee tastes better,too. even a pb&j sandwich made by my daughter is better than mine. Do you supposse I just don't like kitchen duty?

Books by Heather said...

Sue, that's cool that you could tell a difference.

Jeannie, it's so strange, isn't it?

LOL, Anon! Kitchen duty is pretty dreary.

Me said...

I completely agree! It is because something is made with love. Just ask my husband.. . He'll tell you that a sandwich made by me will always taste better than one he makes because I made it with love!

Shirley said...

Totally agree, my Mother made the best roast beef hash, using leftover roast beef from Sunday dinner. She tried to teach me how to make it, and I did but hers always tasted better. She used a cast iron skillet, maybe that was part of her secret!

She also fixed the best grilled cheese sandwiches. Really miss her for lots of reasons!!!

Books by Heather said...

Me--Mr. W would agree with that, too. :)


Aww, Shirley, what great memories! I'm convinced that love really is the secret ingredient as sappy as that is.

FirstOfMay said...

This happens to me ALL THE TIME. The one thing that always tastes better to me is my brother's peanut butter toast. I don't ask him to make it for me anymore because he thinks I'm silly, but he always seems to make it better than I can. I can never get the proportions right. Tea always tastes better when my mom makes it. I mean really...How hard is it to screw up toast and tea? But I manage to do it.

And I know this is off subject, but since you mentioned it, I have to ask. What the heck is it with everyone saying "mac and cheese" these days? Even my mother has started saying it. I swear, it's like nails on a chalk board to me. I just heard it on the Travel channel yesterday in one 1/2 hr. episode, said at least 4 times in a row. Is there something wrong with me mentally where I just don't like the sound of certain words? Is there anyone else who hates the sound of certain words? Or am I just crazy? Sorry, but I hope we can address this because I'm really curious.

alainala said...

my mom keeps giving me her recipes.. i wont ever make them though.. theyre not as good as the way mommy makes it.. lol.. last time i went home i had a giant list of stuff i wanted her to make me..