Did your family do the Sunday dinner thing growing up? Do you do it now?
I grew up very poor, but my mom liked to cook and prided herself on her cooking and baking abilities (she still does). We didn’t have a big meal every Sunday, but it happened frequently enough that I have a solid collection of memories of it – some fond and some not so much.
My aunt and uncle frequently joined us. My parents friends would frequently join us, either a family with kids for us to play with or a childless couple who doted on my sister and I. Having people over was a fun change of pace, even if the grownups spent the whole time smoking pot. (Have I mentioned my childhood was a bit dysfunctional?)
My mom worked full time and was my sister’s Brownie leader (my father was the co-leader). She usually had to run us around to activities on Saturday. Sunday was her day to unwind and she liked doing that in the kitchen, especially if there were other people to impress with her meal.
Some of her favorites were:
- Pork chops (good ‘ol Shakin Bake with Stovetop stuffing – actually, the generics of both, and apple sauce.)
- Spaghetti with meat sauce
- Chicken and broccoli casserole
- Chicken cutlets with swiss cheese and mushrooms
- Steak with sauteed onions
- Baked ham
- Stir fry
- Homemade chicken nuggets with honey for dipping
Some of these are still my favorite meals.
Hubster is a very picky eater. He usually makes his own meal (but we still try to eat all together at the table). I often cook a big batch of something Princess and I can eat throughout the week on Sundays. I try to make at least part of it something Hubster will eat. For example, he won’t eat chili, but he does like rice. We all enjoy meatloaf, burgers, tacos and lasagna.
We also all like “Boo-sotto,” which is a recipe I found in Rachael Ray’s magazine many years ago. She wrote it for dogs. It has ground turkey, rice, barley, Parmesan cheese and pine nuts.
I’ve put together a collection of favorite Sunday dinner recipes inspired by both my childhood and what I like to cook now. I hope you enjoy them!
Please let me know what your family’s favorites are!
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