As I mentioned last week, we recently returned from a trip half way across the country to visit our son. The question each day was, "Are we eating in or going out for dinner?" It turns out that we divided our meals between the two. We dined out our first and last nights of the visit and did some home cooking for the other two meals. We chose restaurants that are not near our home in Pennsylvania but were close to our son's house--Cracker Barrel and Red Robin. While I love a good home-cooked meal, I also enjoyed dining out and spending family time with my husband and son with no worries about prep or cleanup.
Back at home, I was rapidly faced with the question my husband and I debate each evening before going to bed--"What's for dinner tomorrow night?" That usually requires pulling something from the freezer or stopping at the store. I love to cook and create new recipes for my Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mysteries and Daisy's Tea Garden Mysteries. But then again, I never mind when he suggests we go out or order home delivery.
Here are some of the advantages of both:
- Can adjust recipe to your taste
- Can control the quality of the ingredients
- More economical
- There are often leftovers for another meal
- Can eat at the table or in front of the television--your preference
- No prep or cleanup
- Can order food that you would not normally make at home
- Can try new dishes
- Each person can order their own meal preference
- Relaxing time to connect with your family without distractions at home
|Italian dining at a restaurant|
|Italian dining at home|
|Breakfast at a local restaurant|
|Homemade breakfast scones|
|Hearty soup at home|
|Pretzel sandwich at a local eatery|
|Lemon tea cakes (A recipe I|
developed for my book
LEMON TEA CAKES)
|An antipasto tray I prepared |
for New Year's Eve
|Fruit and relish trays from |
Do you prefer to cook at home or dine out? Is your family satisfied with a purchased dessert? Do you prepare your own party trays?
I think I prefer an even balance of eating at home and dining out, but you sure can't beat home cooking! Purchased desserts usually look better than they taste. It's hard to beat a homemade apple pie. And my party tables are usually a combination of items I purchase and homemade specialties...the best of both worlds.