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So many times I have spent hours of planning and concentration and presentation, and then, in a fit of pique, spoiled my family's and my appetite with an angry, resentful comment at the dinner table. What is that craziness about? Please tell me I'm not alone.
Or gone to a fancy, high end restaurant and by the next day forgotten what I'd eaten.
And then there are other nights, where the guests sparkle, the conversation sings, the music incorporates the past into the present, and the food surrounds us, bringing one more sense, one more connection.
I don't think that magic has a recipe, because surprise is part of the delight. But I would say it has a few components:
1) The cook must love what she is doing. It comes out in the food.
2) There must be time. Just time. You decide how to use it.
3) Your guests must want to be there. No guilt-filled obligations, no courtesy visits, no mandated quality time.
What are your magical meal components? Or memorable meals? I'd love to know---