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Jul 18, 2007 10:37 AM

Does anyone still get the whole family together for Sunday dinner?

I remember doing this when I was very young and my great grandparents were still alive. The whole family- my grandma and grandpa, my immediate family, my great aunts and their families, etc.- would often get together for Sunday dinner. And, of course, my great grandma went all out- fried chicken, homemade rolls, lots and lots of veggies, homemade apple pie, you name it! Things have changed- they're no longer living, I've moved an hour away, everyone's too busy, restaurants, along with everything else, are open, so we never have the *official* Sunday dinner anymore. I'm thinking that I might resurrect something like it when we finally move into a house- attendance not necessary, but everyone is always invited kind of thing. Does anyone still get together for an official Sunday dinner? How do you go all out? Do people love it or is it a chore for them (and you)? Sort of a back to the future challenge for me!

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  1. We have dinner every Sunday at my parents house. After many years of living all over the country my folks, one of my sisters and her family, and ourselves have found ourselves in one city together again(still have one sister that lives in another part of teh country so it's not a complete family gathering).

    My folks aren't in great health(my mother has full-time care at home) spending Sunday afternoon and dinner together ensure we all see each other regularly...and gives us time to help out if needed around their house(as well as to count out mom's meds for the coming week). My sister and I take turns making dinner...usually nothing elaborate(last weekend we grilled pizzas and had salad with it for instance). During winter months we do a lot of stews and soups that we can put together the day before and just take down and reheat.

    Doesn't really end up a chore since we end up there around 3 in the us plenty of time for the rest of the weekend to do what we want/need to do.

    1. What a lovely thread idea! You just sent me on a lovely trip down memory lane.I have great memories of Sunday dinners past. It was served around noon and always a roast of some kind, usually roast leg of lamb with the leftovers used in sandwiches for school or a shepards pie. Sunday evening it was my job to make scones ...made without a bowl, just dumping the flour on the counter, making a well and mixing in the wet ingredients. I haven't made them like that in years.Sadly my family is in another country but I think it is a wonderful thing for familes to do. Even with the busy lives we all tend to live these days this is a tradition that familes should make a priority, especially if they have children.

      1. I make a special dinner for my son, his wife and their little girls 4 & 6 every Sunday. I try to make something special, something different and something that the girls will eat. Favorites are fried sole, six hour prok roast, roast chicken, spaghetti bolognese, chicken parmesan etc. When I am ambitious I make homemade ice cream for dessert. I love spending my Sundays cooking and they love being able to enjoy Sunday activities without having to worry about dinner. And, of course, we love getting together and catching up on what has gone on during the week. Leftovers go home with them for next days lunch and/or day care /school lunch boxes.

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        1. re: emilief

          I have been cooking all day on Sundays for years, I try new things and take care with menu planning (and keep a little journal of what I've made and who was there,,,,,such a geek!) I look forward to it all week. Our late teen, early 20's kids and their friends come, Somethimes those kids' parents. Sometimes some of our friends. I make a lot of food, and depending on how many show up, we either have lots of leftovers....or not. Go for it, Katie Nell!. Maybe we can start a thread on Sunday menus,

        2. Growing up, we always had roast beef dinner on Sunday. My grandmother made the roast and gravy, grandfather made the rolls, mom made the cabbage salad, potatoes and vegatables. Loved it! I cook every Sunday for a crowd. I am never sure how many will be there, relatives, friends- whomever. In the winter, the meal may be pot roast, roast chicken, roast beef, spagetti and meatballs- something that can simmer and feed a crowd. Now that the weather is warm I use the grill. LAst Sunday, we had turkey tips ( fresh from a local turkey farm) and chorizo on the grill. Served with a salad, corn on the cob and potato salad. I am on vacation next week, but am thinking about shrimp and chicken on the grill for when we get home.
          Please go for it- you will be surprised at how many of your friends or relatives will love it. And you sound like you would enjoy the cooking. I know I do- I spend most of my Sundays cooking and would not change a thing.
          My youngest neice and nephew will now even request their favorites. Last week, the three YO asked for brownies for dessert- and told me I could put either m & M's or chocolate chips in them, too. She is a full fledged chowhound at 3!

          1. Sorry, but imo that's what holidays are for. There's not enough Xanax in the world to get me through a weekly dinner with "everyone."

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            1. re: foodstorm

              I'm really close with my grandparents, parents, and brother, so they would not be a chore! Some of the extended family, however, would be! But, they're far enough away that I can pick and choose who I want to be there! :-)