In these modern times, many more men are making the meals at home but there are still a few men who will refuse to cook for family or even themselves. Nov. 5 is the day for these men to pick up a cookbook or google a recipe and make something for their family!

According to Men Make Dinner, this is the day for those men who are afraid to cook to put on an apron and whip of a batch of something that is edible. There are even rules that must be followed to properly celebrate this holiday:

  • Rule #1: National men make dinner day is always celebrated on the first Thursday of each November.
  • Rule #2: Man agrees to participate in national men make dinner day. Bonus points if he does so without seeking promise of night out with boys in return.
  • Rule #3: Man, completely un-aided, chooses a 'published' recipe from any source, or Internet. Getting the recipe from 'her' cookbooks is allowed, but man gets bonus points if the recipe isn't already somewhere in the house.
  • Rule #4: Main meal must include minimum of 4 ingredients and require at least one cooking utensil other than a fork
  • Rule #5: Man goes shopping for 'all' necessary ingredients. Bonus points if he takes inventory of cupboards and fridge first, before shopping trip. So you don't end up with two 64 ounce jars of pickled pimentos.
  • Rule #6: Man organizes all necessary ingredients in order of importance on kitchen counter. At this point, he may need to make a phone call or shout out the word 'honey'! Followed by a question. This is not allowed.
  • Rule #7: Man may, if desired, turn on radio or his favorite CD. Man agrees not to be within 30 feet of TV remote during cooking process. At this point, spouse and any other family members should not be anywhere near kitchen. (unless smoke detector goes off!)
  • Rule #8: Following recipe carefully, man starts to cook dinner! Apron is optional, (bonus points if recipe includes one of the following : capers, saffron, or the word 'scallopini').
  • Rule #9: Man must use the 'clean as he goes along' rule! Following each completed use of utensils, cookware, half-used jars of anything, spice bottles, etc., everything is rinsed, cleaned and put away
  • Rule #10: Man sets table, candles are lit, beverages are poured, no ketchup bottles, sour cream containers, or big boxes of salt on table.
  • Rule #11: Spouse and/or family members are served! This is an opportune time for a photo. Man is 'allowed' to gloat no more than three times during the meal. Family is encouraged to congratulate man on job well done. Family dog is not allowed to be secretly fed man's cooking.
  • Rule #12: After meal, table is cleared by man, dishwasher is loaded. Man returns to table for stimulating after-dinner conversation. At this point, man is told how much his meal was appreciated. He, in turn, describes the joys and challenges of the experience. He is given a hug, and his TV remote is returned to him.

You don't have to celebrate this holiday but you know if you do, you'll be receiving some dessert from your loved one. Those men who regularly cook are not to be excluded from this holiday but they are to be appreciated just a little bit more. I know I would give my man an extra foot rub for a perfectly cooked steak or you can do it big like the men of Epic Meal Time in the video below!