What food traditions were there in your childhood home, growing up?
Sundays were typically “big dinner” days, in mine. There’d be a main dish (chicken and/or fish, usually) and several side dishes to accompany it. Some Sundays, we’d have greens, cornbread, macaroni and cheese…sometimes, candied sweet potatoes.
If Sunday were a holiday…it was OVER! We’d plan “The Big Menu” weeks in advance. Who was going to make what, and at what time, so when one thing came out of the oven, the next was ready to go in. The kitchen would be synchronized, and the spread of food would be long and festive, traditional, and untraditional at the same time! Lol I remember some holidays having homemade lasagna AND macaroni and cheese on the table. Like, the two pasta dishes don’t exactly “go together”. Hahaha! But, I loved it. The house felt abuzz with excitement, warmth and togetherness.
Today, I rarely cook big dinners like that (unless, it’s holiday time or something special). I like the idea of a “smaller plate” and portion control (i.e., not eating with intent to “feel stuffed”, just pleasantly satisfied) but, on occasion, I do crave the comfort of a good ‘ole fashioned “Sunday dinner”. Yep, a nice, heaping plateful!
How often do you cook & prepare big meals?
If you’d like the recipe to the fried chicken pictured above, just let me know and I’ll do a post.