Before we get to our regular Ten on Tuesday business I have an announcement to make: It’s Kim’s birthday. Go show her some birthday love, mmmkay? Thanks.
I don’t know about you but one of the things that really appeals to me when the weather starts to turn cooler is cooking a big dinner. I’m tired of marinating and grilling meat and instead I want to throw a roast in a pan and come back in a few hours to a wonderful meal. Today’s Ten on Tuesday topic comes from Patty and it goes right along with my thoughts: 10 Favorite Sunday Dinners. When I was a kid we always had Sunday dinner after church, usually around 2pm. My grandparents came and we all sat together around the dining room table and it was very Norman Rockwell, at least on the surface. Anyway, my mother was a wonderful cook and my memories of those dinners are petty vivid. Here are my favorites:
- Roast chicken with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy. My mom made the best roast chicken and this was always my favorite Sunday dinner. The house smelled heavenly when we got home from church and I could have eaten this every single week.
- Fried chicken. I loved it with mashed potatoes and frozen corn. I never ever make friend chicken because I hate all that grease but it was part of my mom’s regular Sunday dinner rotation and I adored it.
- Pot roast. I loved the way the meat fell apart when my dad sliced it. Mmmm.
- Roast pork with oven roasted potatoes. The potatoes were honestly the best part of this meal because they got all brown and crispy when the pork splattered on them as it cooked.
- Cornish game hens stuffed with wild rice. These were a special treat when I was growing up and I loved that I got my own little bird.
- Leg of lamb. My mom made it with lots of garlic and she always served rice pilaf and string beans along with it. We didn’t have it often, I think lamb was pricey for us, but when we did it was wonderful.
- Baked ham. This was usually served with scalloped potatoes and I loved them even more than the ham.
- Roast turkey. We only had this one if we were having extra people come for dinner or if turkey was on sale.
- Rib roast. I hated roast beef but I loved standing rib roast. Go figure, right?
- Lasagna. I have to admit that we never actually had this for Sunday dinner but I suggested it regularly. My mom refused to make it on a Sunday, though, because she said it was ethnic food and you didn’t eat ethnic food for Sunday dinner. I think she sniffed with disdain every time she said that. She was an old-fashioned one, that mom of mine!
And now I’m hungry and yearning for the comfort of one of my mom’s Sunday dinners. How about you?