Someday, in the not-too-distant future, a new bride will push her chair back from the table and tell her husband: “That was great, hon - just like Dad used to make!”
In a recent survey by Reynolds Wrap, four out of 10 women aged 25 to 34 said someone else in their household is likely to prepare evening meals on weekdays. And nine out of 10 times, that someone else is their husband.
It’s a far cry from when they were growing up, the women said, when their moms did the cooking 90 percent of the time.
“We knew men were helping, but not to the degree that we discovered,” a Reynolds spokeswoman said.
Dads are most likely to help out in the Pacific, Mountain and Midwest regions, where 45 percent of men assist with the cooking - compared to 38 percent in the Northeast, and only 35 percent in the South.
Among the other survey findings:
Seventeen percent of the women polled said they learned to cook before age 12, with 63 percent having started by age 17.
Three out of four work outside the home, while 57 percent said their mothers had jobs.
Almost three-fourths (71 percent) remember mealtimes lasting more than 30 minutes when they were growing up, while only 55 percent said that’s true for their families today.
Of course, kids help out in the kitchen, too - and there’s a cooking contest just for them with a $5,000 grand prize.
Dole’s “Kenny Canned Pineapple” Kid’s Recipe Adventure Contest, open to children aged 6-12, seeks original snack and dessert recipes with 10 ingredients or less, including at least 8 ounces of canned pineapple. Along with the grand prize, there’s a first prize of a Packard Bell home computer system, and five second prizes of Microsoft CD-ROM encyclopedias.
Entry deadline is Oct. 15. For complete details, call (800) 232-8888 or visit Dole’s Web site at www.dole.com.
A postscript to last week’s cover story on grilled cheese sandwiches; according to one reader, the so-called “experts” missed the best method of all.
Here it is: place one slice of bread, butter-side down, on a broiler pan in the upper part of the oven and top with the cheese of your choice. Place the other slice on the pan, butter-side up. Broil until the butter-side up slice is browned, then place it over the cheese, flip the sandwich and broil until the other side is browned.
“It’s gooey inside and crisp outside,” our anonymous adviser assures.
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