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Tuesday, 15 December, 2009 6:57 PM
How Dinner Time Can Bring families Together
Chef Reveals Why Sunday Dinners Are So Important
starts at mealtime.
“Ever since I was a little boy I enjoyed helping my mother cook in the kitchen,” he said. “She made it fun and I learned a lot. Of course that was in the 1960’s when the only cook on television was Julia Child. There were no fancy spices or sauces used in our house and all the meals were pretty basic, but that didn’t matter. I remember the time we spent together, and it helped shape my attitudes when I had children of my own.”
Fitzpatrick’s focus on mealtime evolved out of the experience most people are having today – working hard with a tight budget, and not having much time for family.
“I owned a business in the 1980’s and spent little time at home,” he said. “My wife and I would make it a point to go out to dinner every Saturday night to spend some time with each other. When the business went away so did the money. But I still liked good food. I subscribed to Bon Appetite magazine and started to make unique intimate dinners for the two of us on Saturday nights.”
When the kids got wind of the Saturday night dinners, they felt like they were missing out on something good. They were right.
our children got older, saw what we were having for our Saturday
night gourmet dinner and asked why they didn’t get special
meals too,” Fitzpatrick added. “So I started to
explore and create both new and traditional dinners for them
on Sunday nights. When the kids had jobs, I made a rule that
Sunday was for faith & family, no exceptions. They almost
never missed one of my Sunday dinners. And as they have grown
and established their own lives, they still come home once a
week to help in the kitchen and help me create these fabulous
meals. It used to be about the food. Now, it’s more about
Joe Fitzpatrick is a family man who loves to cook. Though he has never owned a restaurant or worked as a chef, he combined the lessons his mother taught him with his love for the culinary arts to produce a cookbook of comfort foods that look and taste like gourmet dishes. Author of the cookbook Strictly Sundays (www.strictlysundays.com), Fitzpatrick realizes that gourmet meals can be served any day of the week. His family simply prefers Sundays.
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