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Empty Nesters: What do your kids/grandkids request when they visit?

ricepad | Mar 9, 201512:31 PM     12

Mrs. ricepad and I are fairly new empty nesters - our son has been out for about a year, and our daughter, who will graduate from college in two months, has let us know she plans to test the job market close to school rather than move back home.

On their visits home, I'm a little surprised at some of the foods they request. Rather than asking for elaborate or expensive fare, they ask me to make things they could easily prepare for themselves. Our son, for example, almost always wants a meal of fried Spam, creamed corn (from scratch, not a can), and plain white rice, and for his birthday he always wants rouladen (Mrs. ricepad's old family recipe, and this one is more of a production). Our daughter usually wants ground beef and potato korokke (Japanese-style croquettes). Both kids like chicken kara-age, shabu shabu, jook, and for breakfast, fried rice, stuff I can usually knock out without even thinking about it.

I'm happy that they look to their cross-cultural heritages for comfort foods, but I would have expected they would want 'special meals' instead of 'Tuesday night dinner'. Does that mean that what used to be 'Tuesday night dinner' has become their 'special meals'? What about it, empty nesters? Anybody experience the same phenomenon?

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