I love good food. Cooking it, eating it, serving it, talking about it... I enjoy all aspects. However, lately I have realized that good food is even better with great company. Sure you can eat the same meal with the same wine and enjoy it, but if you are with people you love, laughing and talking, doesn't that food taste slightly better? That wine a bit smoother? I have observed this in others and noticed that celebratory eating also fits this description. If it is your birthday, you got a promotion at work, or you just accomplished a milestone in your life - food simply tastes better.
All this considered, my favorite is the regular day to day life that is often times taken for granted. Spending this past Sunday with Bill was very simple, yet so wonderful because he is the best company. We grilled a yummy pizza and had blueberry beer and lemonade (which really tasted like juice and was so refreshing). It was so wonderful to share a meal and drink with him while relaxing on a Sunday afternoon, but that food may not have tasted as good if I had it alone. Sometimes, it is the fun of doing it together that makes it delicious.
I have experienced the opposite issue as well. When we are fighting, or I am upset with anyone in general, food doesn't taste as good. It tastes bland or overwhelming. All you can concentrate on is the fight ending or the tension fading, not the food you are partaking in. It can be your favorite meal, but if you are sad or feeling down, it could taste like nothing to you.
What does this post boil down to? Cook meals with people you love, don't always opp for the easy way out. Cooking together is like any other activity, it brings you closer. When you just get food to go and sit in front of the television not talking to each other your heart is not investing deeper and it is causing a rift to exist. The more you do it, the harder it is to break the cycle.
I just want to encourage you to cook from scratch this week. The sense of accomplishment and the amount you enjoy your food will grow exponentially. Good food is meant to be shared, don't be selfish :)
Eat well friends.