Sunday Dinner

For the past year or so I have been cooking dinners for the family and friends as a way to help us get together at least once a week. We got together roughly once every week or three before, but having a set time and free food gets it happening more consistently. Noting that I am probably the worst offender of the “I’m just going to stay here” syndrome and that this has been so long before the current pandemic issues forced it on others. This makes sure that I am seeing at least a couple of people every week.

The group that has been coming around comprises my children, when they are not working or have something else going on; my sister, when she can; my wife, Mary, except for the 5 months she was away helping her parents; and occasional other friends and family. And me, of course.

I generally do the cooking for this meal, but sometimes Mary will cook when it is going to be one of her favorites. Mostly I reserve Sunday dinner for me, though.

Tonight’s menu is Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Sauteed Mushrooms, and Candied Carrots. This a typical menu, but Mary chose this one special for Mother’s Day (today).

Some of the recent meals have been:

  • Roasted chicken thighs, candied carrots, roasted potatoes (many times)
  • Chili and cornbread
  • Persian Stew, Rice, Kashke Bademjan
  • Build Your Own Ramen
  • Pulled Pork and Baked Beans (several times)
  • Mary’s Persian Chicken and Rice, Kashke Bademjan
  • Pork Chops, Creamed Spinach, Candied Carrots
  • Homemade Cappelletti (leftovers for Mary’s Mother’s 80th Birthday)
  • Pasta Alfredo (mix of store-bought Cappelletti)
  • Steak, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Candied Carrots (several times)

The menu is determined by what I think of by Friday (or Saturday sometimes) or what suggestions I get and decide to run with.

If you might drop by sometime, just let me know so I can make sure we have something you like (or you can drop by and bring your own, the gathering it the important part).