Someone once asked me if this was similar to The Love Dare. I haven't read that book, but based on what I saw in the movie, I'd have to say yes, but... The Husband Project is much simpler. There is no need for dramatic moves like spending your life savings. Almost all of the projects can be done without spending any more money than you might normally do in the course of serving dinner to your family. Plus, The Husband Project is hilarious. Kathi Lipp is truly one of the funniest people I know.
Today's project is meant to remind you that sometimes the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
There's a good chance you are the one primarily responsible for planning, making, and serving dinner to your family. And there's a good chance you make casseroles and salads and other "lady food" that your husband eats because he's hungry and it is in front of him. You probably make the best tuna casserole on the block. But for most men, that is not going to cut it. That is not man food. (Yes, I'm relying on a stereotype. It exists for a reason... most men would prefer a juicy burger and steak fries to a tuna casserole.)
For Bruce, since starting the Husband Project last fall, I've tried to serve "Man Food" once a week. That means hot wings, hamburgers, meatloaf, fried chicken... all of his favorite foods. Foods that cost a little more to prepare because they are heavy on the meat. Foods that make up for Meatless Monday and Salad Tuesday.
Kathi encourages us to think outside the box and shows other ways to accomplish today's project.
- Get his favorite pint of Ben & Jerry’s and hide it behind the frozen chicken. Even if you buy it on Tuesday, you’ll have it ready and waiting for his special night later in the week.
- Is there a certain cut of meat that your husband loves? How about having the butcher cut something just for him? Most supermarkets will even do the marinade for you – one less thing to think about.
- Is there a certain candy that your husband loves from his childhood? Check out www.candywarehouse.com. They have all the nostalgic candy you could want (Black Jack Gum, anyone?) while also carrying any modern favorite you could be looking for.
- My husband’s family loves something called “noodles and mashed potatoes” (we lovingly refer to it as “The Starch Fest”). I learned how to make this special dish just for him.
- My guy loves the smell of baking almost as much as he enjoys eating the treat. Have some brownies in the oven when he gets home from work or working out. (I know, it negates the workout, but isn’t chocolate always worth it?)
- Our friend Scott mentioned that he loves cranberry sauce, but eats it only at Thanksgiving. His wife intentionally made the holiday treat for him this past July.
- Are you a wife who is an expert at low-cal salads and other forms of chick-food? Check out The Ultimate Guide to Man Food at www.kathilipp.com for ideas
How are you going to declare your culinary love for your husband? What special treat is going to be all his today? Leave a comment to let us know and then make sure to complete the rafflecopter form to be officially entered to win one of several great prizes!
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