Siri Daly Q&A=Nightmare Restaurant Experience + Gussy Up Deli & Leftovers

by Cindi SutterChief Communicator & Editor of Spirited Table®

Welcome to week five of my Q&A from Time Inc. Books, Siriously Delicious written by Siri Daly. The topic of kids involved with nightmare restaurant experiences is near and dear to all our hearts and ears! Siri’s candor and wishing she had a do-over response makes all of us shake our heads and say ME TOO!

Honestly, I wondered if the term “Gussying Up” makes sense to all our readers: so I used my favorite tool, Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus and guess what? gussy up is there, bata bing.

Cindi’s Question #9 - Are you willing to share a nightmare restaurant experience with the kids?

Siri’s Answer - I remember one of the first times we took our firstborn out to a restaurant, because he had an epic meltdown. Carson and I took turns walking him outside, and then a friendly stranger sitting beside us asked if she could try holding him so we could eat. We kindly said no thank you (and secretly thought she was trying to kidnap our son), paid the check and bolted. It makes me laugh now because if someone had asked to hold my THIRD child in a similar scenario, I'd be you go, thanks, return her in the morning!

Cindi’s Question #10 - Do you ever "gussy up" deli foods or leftovers to fit into your meal plans?

Siri’s Answer - ALL the time. Actually nothing makes me happier than using leftovers or getting crafty with what I have in the fridge. As for gussing up deli foods, one of my favorite shortcuts is a store-bought rotisserie chicken to use in soups, salads or tacos.

You can find more of Siri’s recipes in her Siriously Delicious cookbook or here on Spirited Table. Click Rainbow Potato Salad with Crispy Shallots for the perfect gussied up deli food that just might launch you into the “winning” side dish of Christmas category! YOUR WELCOMED!!