Years ago I was dumped by my high school sweetheart. We had been together for seven years (an eternity when you are in college!). I was devastated. I went to work and was telling someone that I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep and basically I was a mess. The girl sitting next to me, who was only an acquaintance, leaned over and said "you are coming to my house for dinner tonight".
That's what I did. I went to her warm cozy home and she made a dish with tofu and we sat and talked late into the evening.
That was almost twenty years ago and we are still friends to this day.
That simple act of offering to make me dinner made me feel cared for. I often invite friends over for impromptu lady dates, sit down dinners, or potlucks. Food is an excuse for us to get together.
I recently cooked dinner for a man I had just met. It was our second date and he couldn't quite believe that I would cook for him. He also almost cancelled because really, who makes dinner for someone on the second date! Inviting someone into my home and feeding them basically is the way I say I want you in my life.
So next time you meet someone interesting, or someone is having a bad day, bring them home and feed them because you never know what might come of a shared meal.