You already know that the first Tuesday of November is Election Day, but the first Thursday of November may just trump that in the hearts and minds of all you coupled-up women out there: it’s National Men Make Dinner Day! The people behind the movement explain that the ideal participant of NMMDD is a man who: “helps with household chores, has a sense of humour and is a great all-around guy [who] loves his wife/girlfriend, kids and pets…BUT NEVER LEARNED HOW TO COOK, and is somewhat afraid of the idea.” In case your man needs some persuading, the NMMDD has a list of the top ten reasons guys should participate, including “Several recipes include beer as a legitimate ingredient,” and “Whoever is cooking always gets the most attention from the dog.” But what about you? While most of you probably love the idea of your husband or boyfriend donning an apron and rolling up his sleeves in the kitchen, you may have a few concerns — like what to do if his meal sucks — so after the jump, the people behind NMMDD answer a few Frequently Asked Questions to put your mind at ease…
Q. What if I don’t like what he cooked?
A. Put lots of ketchup on it, smile, and mention that you had a late lunch.
Q. Is it OK if my man makes a recipe that I’ve made a hundred times?
A. Yes. No bonus points will be awarded for creativity but, you may still be surprised. Plus, there is the possibility that the end result will taste nothing like the way you make it.
Q. Should I help my man decide what to cook, or leave it up to him?
A. Leave it up to him. Step in only if, the day before National Men Make Dinner Day, you hear him on the phone ordering eight pounds of anchovies.
Q. I once asked my husband to pick up a round steak for dinner. He came back from the store lamenting that they only had rectangular-shaped steaks. Should I help him with the shopping stage of ‘National Men Make Dinner Day’?
A. No. If he mistakes canapes for a can of peas, that’s all part of the fun. Besides, it makes for great stories, doesn’t it?
Q. I’ve got some really expensive cookware that needs to be treated gingerly. No high heat, no contact with metal utensils, that sort of thing. The morning of National Men Make Dinner Day, should I hide this stuff?
[via Men Make Dinner Day.com]