Though I've written a bit about this before, it occurred to me that I have more to say on the subject of preparing and presenting food. Wouldn't it be nice if each of the five senses were taken into account in our kitchens? The easiest would be taste of course, but what about the other senses?
Touch: the feel of the table linens, a crusty roll, an icy beverage
Smell: The aromas of cooking food, fresh flowers, candles burning brightly
Sound: soft music in the background, good conversation, the tinkling of utensils on plates
Sight: A well-set table, a flushed and happy wife, a cheerful kitchen, vintage aprons
In addition to the above, table manners are a must for a feminine woman... or anyone for that matter! Here is a website that has an article on improving table manners: http://www.soyouwanna.com/site/syws/tablemanners/tablemanners.html
"The Domestic Goddess adds feminine touches to her homemaking- gingham curtains, a basket of fruit, soft pillows, a cozy rug at the door, flowers, a row of plates above a cross beam, cheerful wallpaper-to give a homey feeling to the house. She adds feminine touches to her meals- cheerful tablecloths, pretty dishes, and delicious aromas. Men long remember the smell of their mothers' cooking- homemade bread baking, onions frying, cinnamon rolls, beef stew."