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Aug. 16, 2009 4:38 pm 
Updated: Oct. 4, 2009 2:13 pm
That was what my mother exclaimed one Sunday many, many years ago at the supper table as we ate some fast food for dinner.  At that time and still to the present my brother and I found humor in it.  It's not the type of humor that pokes disrespect at your elders but the type of boyish humor that everyone has at things parents do.

My mother's remark was one more at disgust or disappointment for herself and not at anyone else in general.  Like many people of her generation, Sunday dinners were a big thing where food preparation started early in the afternoon and consisted of many food items.  Dinners were eaten at the table with everyone present (Growing up we ate all dinners at the table as a family until our latter teen years)  It was a day where you could expect an exceptionally good meal.  I can't remember why but for some reason she was not able to prepare a meal and some sort of fast food was brought in the house.  I think it was either Long John Silvers or McDonalds.

Many, many years later here I am a father of three and developing a love of cooking.  Years ago as a smaller family my wife and I decided to make sure to have at least one meal a day at the dinner table.  Some time later I combined my budding enjoyment of cooking with what my mother had unintentionally (at least I think so) instilled me.  I started making Sunday dinner a big thing.  My Sunday dinners are probably not as glamorous as my mothers but I serve up many dishes and cook everything from scratch.  You won't catch a bucket of chicken on my table on Sunday...unless I cook it and put it in the bucket!

I'm not sure where this tradition comes from.  Curious, I did some googling a few months ago.  I think it is rich in the Catholic traditions of which I grew up.  I think it is also is very common in Black families.  I think it's a wonderful tradition and celebrates family over something we ALL enjoy; Food!

So here it is on Sunday and guess what we had for supper?  Lunch meat sandwiches and chips!  Why?  I simply did not budget my time well today.  We spent all day yesterday at our State Fair and I completely put off menu preparation and thawing something.  When I realized it later today, it was too late.  I was already tackling projects around the house and that was AFTER we grabbed a babysitter and saw an impromptu movie around noon.  The children didn't mind eating a ham sammy and chips but sitting there eating it, I couldn't help but think, "!  Some Sunday dinner!"  Only this time it wasn't quite as humorous!
Aug. 16, 2009 5:12 pm
Great blog. At our house we also had a big Sunday dinner. My mother would start it right after church. Thanks for the memorys. Mag
Aug. 16, 2009 7:34 pm
Thanks for bringing up a great memory. I remember having Roasted chicken dinners every Sunday. The popovers were to die for! Only difference we didn't sit at the table we watched Lassie and Bonanza and ate on TV trays!
Aug. 16, 2009 7:54 pm
Hmmm... sort of makes you wonder about the relationship between the prevalence of fast food joints and the perceived decline of 'the family.'
Aug. 16, 2009 9:46 pm
Wonderful blog, wonderful tradition. I too tried to instill a "Sunday dinner" way of life when all the kids were home. Often times I would get complaints because it would interfere with something someone wanted to do, and occasionally I would give in, but more often than not, I stood my ground. Just the other day, my oldest daughter was home and commented on some of those dinners and how she missed having some of the things I cooked. Made me smile. Mission accomplished.
Aug. 16, 2009 11:10 pm
Before my oldest two went off to college (10 years ago), we ate "supper" together every single night at the dinner table. Sundays were also a really big deal and holidays were a feast. Now it's just my husband, my 17 year old and myself, and just the three of us eat dinner together at the table. I don't make quite as much food, but everything is pretty much from scratch. Thanks for the post...always such a treat.
Aug. 17, 2009 5:14 am
Hi there, our family would be the same. Our suppers & special sunday dinners are eaten round the table. only last year this changed with two of them leaving for college and the other two getting into late teens, so occassional we,re not having meal together, but my oldest is missing it!!! (just like yours Cynthia)
Aug. 17, 2009 4:24 pm
I wish we'd had sunday dinners like that, but in our house, we were usually spending the afternoons returning from the beach and spent Sunday evenings watching Disney on TV and eating our Banquet Fried chicken TV dinners! Of course that was when kids TV was special, and on only at certain times!
Aug. 17, 2009 5:32 pm
Awww! You know it doesn't matter what you have as long as you are together as a family. What a great blog. Thanks so much for sharing.
Aug. 17, 2009 6:40 pm
Great blog. My family too had the big Sunday dinners. We are Catholic. The 8 of us would go to Sunday mass & a lot of times mom had the roast or whatever we were having in the oven during mass. When we came home, we had an early dinner. Then the really special treat for us was that on Sunday night for supper we would have ice cream. It was the one time we were allowed to have a lot of sweets. Every other day my mom made homemade cakes & pies & desserts, but we were only allowed one piece. Sunday was special & Sunday supper was ice cream. As much as I remember our wonderful Sunday dinners which we ate around 2 PM, I especially remember the ice cream sundaes, banana splits, milk shakes, or just whatever flavor we had, & my mom always bought good ice cream at Lindners Dairy. This was in the day before you had all the gourmet flavors & brands you have now. In those days, you had just the store brand, so Lindner's Dairy was right up there with Ben & Jerry's in the 60's & 70's for us. Great blog, great memories. My family & I eat our dinners together every night. I cook from scratch & can scare up a great meal in no time.
Aug. 17, 2009 7:28 pm
Wonderful blog, thank you for posting. It gave me a bit of a chill.. thinking about the old days.
Aug. 17, 2009 7:37 pm
I'm also Catholic and Sunday Dinner (with caps) was right behind Mass on the list of things that MUST be done. It was at 2:30, not one minute later. We were permitted to invite the occassional guest, but we were expected to be in attendence. I tried to keep the tradition alive with my children, but we did move dinnertime back to 6:30 to accommodate the various activities. My kids are grown and on their own, but the 3 who live nearby are at my house for Sunday dinner most weeks. Thanks for posting.
Aug. 17, 2009 8:36 pm
We had family dinners as well on Sundays. Even if it was just my sister and Mother and Father we had a feast. It was just the way it was done. We would have chicken pot pie, corn, blackeyed peas, cornbread, collard greens, fried pork chops...you name it I think we had it. It is a nice tradition to keep going. I try to cook a nice meal each Sunday but it doesn't always happen. Thanks for posting.
Aug. 18, 2009 3:29 am
Every Sunday growing up we had a big family dinner of steak and potatoes...it was the only time all week that Dad cooked!
Aug. 18, 2009 5:28 am
sal s when iwas growing up sunday dinner was big with italian american only it was early afternoon 130pm . my brother lives net door to me and our families try to eat together on sunday but it a little later around 330pm we love that day
Aug. 18, 2009 7:42 am
I also make a big deal out of sunday dinners. With a family as busy as ours during the week, it's so important to take atleast one day for everyone to sit, talk & eat together. For us, it's sunday. I too make foods from scratch and start cooking right after brunch. I always cook a big breakfast on sundays, and serve it around 11 am, skipping lunch and giving the kids a "snack" around 2:00. I do this intentionally so that everyone is good & hungry around 7 for a big sunday dinner!
Aug. 18, 2009 7:42 am
I also make a big deal out of sunday dinners. With a family as busy as ours during the week, it's so important to take atleast one day for everyone to sit, talk & eat together. For us, it's sunday. I too make foods from scratch and start cooking right after brunch. I always cook a big breakfast on sundays, and serve it around 11 am, skipping lunch and giving the kids a "snack" around 2:00. I do this intentionally so that everyone is good & hungry around 7 for a big sunday dinner!
Aug. 18, 2009 12:04 pm
I so enjoyed your blog, and your style of writing. Your story had such sentimental value to it, and offers a nice opportunity for the readers to reminisce. I haven't experienced the Sunday dinner tradition in my own family, but your blog post makes me want to start one! Thanks for the inspiration, recipedawg. I look forward to reading your next blog.
Aug. 18, 2009 12:59 pm
Sunday dinner is my favorite meal of the week. I know my all of my children will sit together, and talk of what we learned from three (yeah 3) hours of church. Always during dinner I ask the family what would you like on the MENU this week, and each happily blurt out what they are wanting. I love cooking, just sometimes I cannot think of a thing to fix. So their ideas are a big help. My husband and I usually start dinner in the morning before leaving for church and my favorite thing is walking in the door and being almost knocked over by a roast in the oven or chicken in the crock pot. Ummm, I'm thinking what's gonna be for dinner this Sunday?
Aug. 18, 2009 2:05 pm
I am also in Indy! Did you eat anything fantastic at the fair? I have to say the lamb kebabs were great!
Mel K 
Aug. 18, 2009 3:16 pm
recipeDawg....enjoyed your blog tremendously.My family also believes in family meals at the dinner table together. Sunday dinner is always a big deal..Southern food, lots of home grown vegetables and comfort food.Roast beef simmering in a dark thick gravy or a roasted chicken are smells that greet us when we come home from church. Dessert is usually made the day before and everyone comes in looking for the cake plate. They love to see what type of cake will be served.Old friends and new friends are always welcomed at the table.Our children have always been encouraged to invite their friends and it is our pleasure to make them welcome. We are Protestant and after a morning of Sunday School followed by worship services everyone is ready for a good home-cooked meal. Sharing a meal together as we talk,laugh and spend time together; very important in our household. I think the world would be a better place if we would slow down and spend more time together breaking bread and talking to one another. Keep up the good work recipeDawg and enjoy the family time around the dinner table. Bless you and your family.
Aug. 18, 2009 3:18 pm
I have fond memories of Sunday dinner at my Nana's house. All were present and everything was home cooked and delicious. We always had two potato and cole slaw salads tho. One with Miracle Whip and one with Helmans...just something I remembered fondly. thanks for the post
Aug. 18, 2009 3:37 pm
Sunday dinner was a big dinner when I was growing up also but I don't think it necessarily was a Catholic tradition. I think most families had Sunday family dinners in that era when families sat down to meals most of the time. Our family went to church every Sunday and my mother always had a big dinner ready shortly after we got home. We also had company many times for Sunday dinner. I followed that tradition all the years our children were growing up. In this busy world today, it would be good if families could set aside Sundays for special family dinners.
Aug. 19, 2009 6:06 am
Your blog really brought back good memories. When my in-laws were still with us, we had some great Sunday dinners, taking turns between their house and ours. We had dishes like baked ham, macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, 7-layer salad, beef stew, cornbread, etc. The food was always secondary to just being together. I've tried carrying on this tradition with my son and his new family, but so far, no success. Ah, cherish and celebrate family whenever you can, everybody! And lift a fork for me!
Aug. 19, 2009 9:15 am
Funny thing that is. I grew up assuming that everyone had sit down family dinners everynight of the week. I'm still amazed whhen I talk to friends that even now don't ever use their dinign room table for anything more than storage. My son may only be 11 months old but he and I sit at the table every evening. Tradition is vital in keeping a family functioning. P.S. I too am from a strong Catholic background.
Aug. 19, 2009 9:29 am
Funny thing that is. I grew up assuming that everyone had sit down family dinners everynight of the week. I'm still amazed whhen I talk to friends that even now don't ever use their dinign room table for anything more than storage. My son may only be 11 months old but he and I sit at the table every evening. Tradition is vital in keeping a family functioning. P.S. I too am from a strong Catholic background.
Aug. 19, 2009 10:31 am
I'm from the South and "Sunday Dinner" is a big deal. Mama (or grandma) would put a roast, a ham AND a turkey on, we'd all get dressed and go to church. Church let out at noon and we'd come home and the ladies would start making sides (in my part of the world, rice and beans is a veggie) and the guys would either fix/break things or watch football. Around 3, we'd eat. And eat. And eat. You never knew how many people would be there, could be just family, could be extended family, could be people you'd never met! There was always room at the table on Sunday! I've lost that tradition but I'd like to start it up again with my own small family :)
Aug. 19, 2009 11:26 am
We always had a Sunday dinner - but it was at noon or as soon after church as we could get it on the table. Usually it was a pot roast or roast chicken that could be cooking while we were at church. Sunday supper was "root hog or die" meaning you were on your own!
Aug. 19, 2009 12:01 pm
Awesome Blog! Great memories of Sunday dinners for me too! My mom would get up early and start a ham or roast in the crock pot and I learned how to make all the side dishes with her when we got home from church! Thanks for the walk down memory lane. My mom has since passed away, but I plan to continue this tradition when I have kids one day.
Bud W 
Aug. 19, 2009 4:02 pm
Great Blog post. I am from the south and that is where our family tradition of Sunday Dinner's comes from. I cook them at my house as well. My DW is from upstate New York and it does not appear they did big dinner EVERY Sunday. So, I make them at my house. We eat together as a family at the table at supper almost every night. My 18 year old son eats with us if he is not working. I think it is important and I hope one of my kids carries on the tradition.
Aug. 19, 2009 4:40 pm
I love this! I will never forget coming home from church and eating our sunday brunch in which you were too stuffed to eat anything but a little left-overs at dinner time.
Aug. 20, 2009 12:30 am
Thanks for the memories! Sunday dinner was a special time when we often had aunts, uncles and cousins gathered around the table. My mother and grandmother were wonderful cooks and everything was homemade. My Greek mother and my Italian father meant that the table was laden with foods of those traditions. There was always enough for anyone who stopped by unexpectedly...and they usually did!
Aug. 20, 2009 6:43 am
Just got into the A R's blogs for the first time, and what a great entry..Really brought back memories of my mums English Sunday roasts and browned potatoes. She was a superb cook and remained so until my dad died.My husband and I now have grandkids, and I find myself bringing back the Sunday night dinner-not always, but just enough to keep in touch and see what everyone is about. By the way, you are also an interesting writer-maybe its time to write a cookbook-birdnest from Pittsburgh
Aug. 20, 2009 8:08 am
Sunday dinner was practically an institution at our house. My mother would roast chicken, turkey, or beef, or maybe fry chicken, that has yet to be matched by anyone. (I've tried all the tv chef's recipes, and none compare) She'd serve homemade mashed potatoes, or potato salad, or maybe some creamed potatoes, always a vegetable, and maybe some coleslaw as well. A homemade dessert, and iced tea she had steeped for several hours were always included. And yes, we always ate at the table (as we did every night) and often extended family would join us. I have tried to carry on this tradition, but don't do so as consistently as I'd like.
Aug. 20, 2009 9:59 am
I am working on my Sunday dinner menu as we speak. Got it all planned Roast Beef with onion/mushroom gravy, Mashed potatoes, Fresh Green Beans, Corn on the Cob, Dinner Rolls, Raspberry Poundcake and Sweet Tea. I still make a big deal out of it and I only have two left at home we still get at that table to eat and chat. The best part is when we go to another family member's house, usually Deidre's and it's Sunday! WE all eat real good together brings back great memories for me while creating new ones for the others.
Aug. 20, 2009 12:34 pm
Great tradition to continue. It could be a "family" dinner not just Sunday. Growing up in Massachusetts, we always had Sunday dinners until Blue Laws were abolished. What else was there to do besides church, food and family? Now we shop at Costco and eat samples and don't need much dinner - kids are working. We have Sunday breakfast, blueberry pancakes or homemade waffles.
Jennas Nonna 
Aug. 20, 2009 4:29 pm
My family sits down to a formal lunch every Sunday. There are 10 of us at this point with one in the high chair. This is a tradition handed down by my Nonna (grandmother) to my mom and now I do it. Lunch is served at exactly noon. Soup, roast and many veggies along with fresh bread and wine. Every Sunday is a different menu but during the winter months, October thru April, fresh hand made gnocchi makes an appearance every other week. This tradition is so deep that even when my husband & I are away on vacation the boys and their wife / girlfriends get together and eat a formal Sunday lunch.
Aug. 20, 2009 7:38 pm
Thanks for all the kind comments! I read every entry. It's wonderful to see that the tradition of eating together, let alone Sunday dinners, are still alive. Just before I sat down to come to this site, I was rummaging through the deep freeze wondering what to do for this coming Sunday! :) And to answer the question, I didn't eat any lamb kabobs at the fair but split an Italian sausage, fried vegetables, chips, lemon shake up, gyro, and elephant ear with my wife!
Aug. 31, 2009 6:58 pm
For you Indy AR peeps-if you crave fair food, there is a restaurant in Danville, on the square, called Wiggles-you can get fair food any time of the year! They are closed on Sundays and I think kids still eat free on Monday's and Wednesday's. Great place-my kids love it! (so do mom and dad). Sometimes you just need a corndog and an elephant ear! My husband would say a tenderloin and fried oreos! If you are in the area check it out!
Sep. 28, 2009 4:52 am
Just today we were recalling the Sunday dinners my MIL used to spread for the family, and how I've gravitated to almost exclusively one-dish meals...partly because my DH won't touch leftovers and I won't waste food...so we end up with precision cooking 101. Great post. I knew from the title where you were going and just what your mama meant.
Sep. 28, 2009 5:18 am
What a great story...my husband and I have raised seven children and and now have ten grandchildren and every Sunday we carry on the same tradition of something special and ALL RECIPES helps me do just that......everything I have tried on this site comes out great...real recipes from real people.
Sep. 28, 2009 6:39 am
Thanks for sharing your story! Sunday dinner was always a big thing in our family. The best cuts of meat with lots of side dishes were always saved to serve on Sundays, and many times we had to bring out extra chairs for extra visitors! Those were pleasant times - keep it up! You're giving your family many pleasant memories to cherish.
Sep. 28, 2009 6:58 am
As we "children" got older and busier, Sunday dinner was the one time each week set aside for family. Ours was usually a pot roast w/ veggies that cooked while we were at church as was ready when we got home. Thanks for the memories!
Sep. 28, 2009 8:40 am
This great blog brought back so many memories. My Mother would put meat for dinner in the oven and after church invite anyone who wanted to come to join us for dinner. It was often as many as 6 families. She had a pantry of home canned vegetables and fruit so she could stretch that dinner to enormous proportions. She always baked a lot on Saturday so she was prepared for company. I remember the laughter and the joy of eating together with friends and family and sometimes strangers. Now my grandchildren come most Sundays for dinner with me and I hope I am giving them good memories. Thanks for sharing your blog. Nonna
Sep. 28, 2009 11:34 am
We too share Sunday dinners after church. My husband's family all gets together and we take turns preparing the main course (that way we have variety and everyone gets a break). The food is wonderful and we always have a good meal, but I think it is more the fellowship of the family. Sunday evenings after evening church we all gather at my Mother-in-law's house for "food and fellowship". It started 30 years ago at my Grandma's house. You bring leftovers or whatever (or even just yourself and a friend), and they all gather around and catch up on how life is going for everyone. Sometimes it's just a handful of people, sometimes it could be 40 people. We eat, fellowship and family and friends get to stay involved in one another's lives. Thank you for the blog. Happy Sundays!
Sep. 28, 2009 1:44 pm
Sunday dinner in the SOUTH is huge!!! For me it is memories of getting home from church and my great grandmother and her sister cooking homemade macaroni and cheese, fried chicken and fried pies and cakes. It is for me about family! That is the one day we all sat together and ate and enjoyed each other. We observed the Sabbath so Sunday dinner was all the work we did. It was something to look forward to and it was fun! Thank for reminding me of those wonderful memories in Memphis!
Sep. 28, 2009 3:33 pm
oh, thank you, sunday dinners so comforting, sports naps, i continue this tradition for my son who is in his last year at Penn State, it usually brings him home. Just had roast pork, stuffing, corn, candied carrots and mashed potatoes, and planning next sunday's dinner So incredibly important for today's families! Food will bring us toghether - Keep cooking - just mash the potatoes my saying goes.
Sep. 28, 2009 4:44 pm
I almost cried over the story about your mom. I hope/pray your children will have great stories to tell about you later in life. It's amazing the older WE get..the smarter our parents become.
Sep. 28, 2009 9:38 pm
Reading your blog brought back so many wonderful memories of growing up in the south. Wish we could go back to those simpler times. Thanks for posting.
Sep. 29, 2009 3:02 am
Way to go!!! I can't believe you are cook of the week!!!!
Terri Andrews 
Sep. 29, 2009 5:23 am
Thanks for sharing your story. I'm portuguese and we always had sunday lunch. My mom would leave everything in the oven on low before leaving for church and by the time they got back we all sat together and ate together. Everyone had to be there, boyfriends, girlfriends included (once we got older of course). I just remember how much we laughed and sometimes argued with each other but always enjoyed my mom's food. Forgot to mention my parents had 7 children and we're all very opinionated. Such wonderful memories. How my parents put up with us, I'll never know, haa haa... We all still get together on special occassions but we now all married with children and my mom still loves cooking for us.
Sep. 29, 2009 5:41 am
What a wonderful story. I remember lots of sit down meals at my grandmother's and mother's table. Those are some of my favorite memories. I hope my children have as many happy memories about my food. Take care and let us know what you cook this sunday!
Sep. 29, 2009 6:30 am
recipeDawg, I enjoyed reading of your Sunday dinners. Brings back GOOD memories. I too grew up in a Traditional large home(7 kids). My wife & I have 3 of our own, which gives me a new respect for my own parents. We grew up in OH, between Massillon, & Canton. We had a Sunday Church & dinner tradition as well, consisting of beef pot roast, mashed potatos, & a veggie. Yummm! Then in the evenings, our Mom served cake & ice cream as we gathered to watch "The Wonderful World of Disney." Happy happy family times. Then us kids were sent to bed,(of course we dragged it out!) Take care & hug your loved ones.
Sep. 29, 2009 7:38 am
Great post! Our Sunday "dinner" was at lunchtime with fresh waffles and ice cream for supper. Thanks for the reminder of what's inportant!
Sep. 29, 2009 1:46 pm
my friend , i was raised the very same way except the big sundAY dinner was at grandmAs house she had 7 kids and each of her kids had two or three kids and she cooked it every sunday, and she cooked in a resturant monday thru friday too poor grand dad ate leftovers all week til the following sunday
Sep. 29, 2009 1:58 pm
What a wonderful post! Growing up, we had brunch every Sunday consisting of biscuits and gravy and scrambled eggs. However, I would occasionally go with my best friend's family to their Sunday dinner and it was always such a treat! Fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade mac and cheese, fruit pies, etc. It was picture perfect. It's a wonderful memory, but now a little bitter sweet because much of my friend's extended family has passed away. She herself died about 10 years ago when she was 20. Anyways, thanks again!
Sep. 29, 2009 4:45 pm
You brought back memories of our extended family Sunday dinners. We've gotten away from them over the last few years but my brother and I have recently decided to revive this for our children. It's tough competeing with Chicago Bears football on Sunday afternoon, but we'll work around that. I'd even like stores to be closed on Sunday like they used to. Families and friends enjoyed that time.
Sep. 29, 2009 7:25 pm
oh how i rember sunday dinners i keep them going still as well and its all the better every thing being from scratch
Sep. 30, 2009 7:04 am
There is nothing better than sitting down as a family to a meal. Growing up we ate a lot in front of the TV on TV trays. I remember during holidays and family gatherings we would all sit and eat at a table as a family. I cherish those memories. I gave birth to my daughter last December and made a vow to eat meals at the table with my daughter and husband when she was old enough. I look forward to starting that tradition with my daughter. I loved your story.
Sep. 30, 2009 1:18 pm
I have Sunday Dinner the first Sunday of every month and the Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren come and that way I get to see every one and to my surprise they all love it my only problem I never know what to serve.
Sep. 30, 2009 2:19 pm
Thank you so much for that wonderful blog! My husband and I are expecting our first in December so I've been trying to decide now how we can best show our son the loving family togetherness that I always wanted but never really had. Your blog has inspired me to start our own tradition of having one really yummy, quality, home-cooked meal at least once a week that is really something special. We'd already decided to have all dinners together without TV but to make one of those super special would be great! Kudos to you for continuing on that tradition! And I know you thought this time wasn't so humorous, but maybe in several years, your kids will look back at that day and smile! :)
Oct. 1, 2009 4:52 am
The child of a working mother I now look back and wonder how my mother did it with 6 kids. Our sunday dinner tradition was fried chicken. However she cooked it in the oven and I remember how delicious it was with the crispy skin. Then after dinner was gathering in front of the tube to watch Bonanza and my crush on Little Joe!
Oct. 1, 2009 7:39 am
We still have Sunday dinner too :) BEST dinner of the week and my hubby and I plus my bro and his wife and daughter, plus some of the stray kids we picked up in our highschool years, all go to moms for Sunday dinner. Occasionally my mom has had old random friends of ours that we haven't seen in years stop by for dinner, saying it's the only place they knew they could come for a good hot meal. I just love it and hope it continues for years to come!
Oct. 1, 2009 11:24 am
I really appreciate you sharing your story with us, thank you for that. It brought up a lot of past & recently made memories that can go many ways with me in the emotion department. I was an only child in a single parent home & dinnertime consisted of making sure the fast food french fries were eaten before making it home. But now that I have my own family I make sure we eat 80% of our meals together at the table every week. Dinner is a MUST and the others depend on if it's a good golf day for daddy or if I need to spend an extra hour on myself. My children are still very young but I hope this dinner ritual sticks in their routine even past their teen years. I want them to automatically put us first. I never had that but my boyfriend did, and from what it sounds like...it's almost too good to be true. Thanks again for sharing this with us. By the way, I saw an episode on Wife Swap where the parents made their kids cut a story from the newspaper every single day and talk about it over dinner. What a great idea, eh?
Oct. 2, 2009 8:42 am
I found this today and wanted to say my piece about Big Sunday Dinners. My mother would be washing greens and boiling ham hocks on the stove on Saturday for Sunday dinner. After church she would have the chicken cut up, not already cut up chicken, seansoned and ready for the seasoned flour. She only used salt and pepper, but that chicken was so very good. Mac and cheese make from scratch or mash potatoes so smoooooooooth that they would melt in your mouth. Of course at my house there was not a meal that did not include some type of dessert. Bread pudding, apple, peach, harvest and lemon pies, not all on the same Sunday, but something sweet to satisfy my Daddy's sweet tooth. Cakes and homemade donuts and sweet rolls that would make you want to holler. Everything so very good and tasty. As for sit down dinners, that was the only way we would eat every evening meal so the issues of the day could be discussed with the family altogether. Especially on Sundays after church we would have a large dinner; laugh and cry, or even sing, but it was a wonderful time for family that I will never forget and will remember until death. Children today do not have this type of memories to keep them warm and fuzzy, but families need to go back to this tradition and maybe just maybe the world will be a better place for everyone.
Oct. 2, 2009 10:39 am
What a great story. Our family had the same tradition, either at our family home or at my Grandparents. My husband of 28 years and I carried out the same tradition with our family...it just seems right to celebrate the day with the ones you love gathered around you. Food has always been important to us as a way to show your love. We often have a mix around our table of family, friends, neighbors and drop-ins. Now that it's just the two of us at home we still plan a bigger meal on Sunday and dress up the dining room table with my mom's china and grandmother's linens. Until our kids were involved in sports as teenagers we always had a home cooked dinner together as a family. I owned and operated a child care center for 16 years and cooked for 30+ children. I was able to start many of my family meals while at work and parents picking up their kids were always enticed by the smells from the kitchen. It all comes down to what you chose as a priority. If being together as a family around a meal prepared with love is important, you will make the time. Luckily I've always loved to cook and had great role models growing up. I can only hope the tradition continues for generations to come.
Oct. 2, 2009 10:40 am
Great blog, really connected with Mom giving me the "what for" when I didn't bother to cook. Also laughed out loud when I read your profile and you have "kids" under what you like to cook, I have 4 sons, plenty of reasons to "cook" the kids!!!
Oct. 2, 2009 12:40 pm
Your blog made me yearn for home, Warren. Your home. Furthermore, you write so very well, guilelessly & without self-consciousness. I look forward to following your blog, and hope you'll write regularly (tho maybe not on Sundays when the meal might get short-shrifted). Thank you.
Oct. 3, 2009 7:42 am
This traditions is also common among italian families :D I come from a large italian family and we cherish our Sunday dinners :D Good for you I really enjoyed reading your blog. With today's hussle and bussle a lot of families take for granted the dinner table. We, like your family have at least one meal around the table, and ever sunday we are there as a family :D God bless your family and thank you again for you wonderful blog!!!
Oct. 3, 2009 12:43 pm
Nice blog entry, enjoyed it very much! Our Sunday dinner was always right after church except for the one Sunday each month that the church held Dinner on the Ground (potluck), or when we went exploring back roads (those days we packed a picnic lunch of sandwiches and chips). Sunday Dinner was always fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and biscuits. All homemade. And there was always a dessert... whatever mom felt like making. Mom was from Texas and she and all of the women in her family were great cooks. I missed the boat. Thanks for the memory-jogging post.
Oct. 4, 2009 8:24 am
Great blog. Even though it wasn't Sunday, on Friday, I had my family over for a birthday dinner. Everything from scratch. We had chicken marsala, noodles, broccoli, string beans out of the garden, mac and cheese, and fried hot dogs & potatoes. Family and good food is everything.
Oct. 4, 2009 2:09 pm
It's nice to know that other men out there are cooking the "Sunday dinners" Great blog, you could not have put this any better! Just like my childhood. Thank you!
Oct. 4, 2009 2:13 pm
Thanks for all the kind comments! It's something of an honor to hear from everyone and to be cook of the week. Keep cooking!
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