Food & Drink

Men, break out those frying pans, smile — and please don’t burn down the house

“National Men Make Dinner Day” comes annually on the first Thursday of November.
“National Men Make Dinner Day” comes annually on the first Thursday of November. TNS

If you are a man who is comfortable in a kitchen, then National Men Make Dinner Day is not for you.

The day for men to cook dinner is officially (more or less) celebrated the first Thursday in November. The website of the organization that sponsors the observance advises men who will participate to “keep your sense of humour handy along with your frying pan and who knows, this could be the start of something beautiful. Or charred.”

Tuesday, the topic #NationalMenMakeDinnerDay was trending locally and nationally on Twitter. The hashtag included numerous satirical posts of men burning up stoves and houses trying to cook. One post featured Homer Simpson making corn flakes.

The national day was begun in 1998 by Sandy Sharkey, who worked at a radio station in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, according to Cook’s Info.

The highly tongue-in-cheek website offers rules, recipes and “no nos.” The rules stipulate that the man must shop for the meal, which should have a minimum of four ingredients “and require at least one cooking utensil other than a fork,” the website states. Barbecuing is not allowed, and women with expensive cookware are advised to hide it.

Besides barbecuing, the site bans take-out pizza, sandwiches from vending machines, leftovers and other short cuts.

Cliff Bellamy: 919-419-6744, @CliffBellamy1