As a distraction from veterinary school, every now and then my friends and I get together at one of our houses and have dinner. While it’s nice to relax with friends and enjoy a home-cooked meal together, these meals also serve as a way for each of us to express ourselves and bring our unique backgrounds to the table.
For example, one of my best friends loves to barbeque, so every time we eat at this house, we always get something cooking on the grill. On Easter, we grilled up chicken, at the end of summer we had shiskabobs and hot dogs, and a variety of other barbeque-type foods. When everyone comes over to my house, it is usually for breakfast. While I admit that I am not much of a cook and that I would much rather have a nice deer steak than any type of breakfast food, I have one special breakfast ingredient that everyone down here is dying to try.
My father and a few other family members make maple syrup. As a Vermont resident, our small state is known for producing the best syrup around. While it’s not that big of a deal back home, most people haven’t had real maple syrup. When I first came to school, I was known as maple syrup man, and I still hear that name every so often. As you would expect, many people wanted to try some, and some friends and I get together and cook up some waffles every now and then.
Everyone I’ve met here at school has his or her own unique way of doing things. As a result, I’ve tried a lot of things that I probably wouldn’t have had a chance to if I didn’t go to veterinary school.