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You're favorite Once a Week Meal

To make a long story short, growing up we had a summer home. Now during the winter every weekend we drove up there (nothern MI, from Detroit, 4 hr+ drive) so Friday dinner once we got there was tuna fish, grilled cheese, canned soup, and no time. Late Sun we would head home so usually leftovers we froze. However my Mom was a teacher so summers were free. Every week during the summer we had special nights. It was fun ... Friday was always a fish night. Fried bass or perch, potatoes on the grill, coleslaw and anything else that people brought if friends stopped over Another was always soup and salad and another usually something with the deer we killed that winter or pheasant or rabbit. But it was great because I really learned to eat alot of different foods growing up.

Monday, Soupp, Sandwish and Salad; Wed, usually something from the freezer ... Venison, Pheasant, or Rabbit, most likely stewed but always good; Friday, Fish Fry; Pizza night, usually thrown in whenever

We never held to it that much but it just became a tradition and it was fun. Never the same but a great handed down tradition.

Do you have a favorite dinner or planned meal?

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  1. Were the Friday night fish fries because of Catholicism? They're still a tradition in the town my dad grew up in--Wisconsin German Catholic.
    My mom liked to pull out all the stops for Sunday dinner--a roast or steaks or the like, in the "good" dining room, with linens, silver and china, etc. It was a big undertaking, and I can remember well the care with which we dried that silverware. Then came Sunday afternoon "nap" (I didn't figure that one out till my brother-in-law explained it to me) and the Sunday evening meal was almost always pizza delivered. Sometimes we had pancakes or waffles, but in any case it was the only time of the week that we watched tv--60 Minutes and the Disney movie--while we were at the table in the family room.
    I'd love to give my son such a feeling of rhythm and knowing what to expect in his life, but the only thing he knows to expect is pasta a couple times a week.

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    1. re: saacnmama

      Cool, fish always other than the regular year, summers yes. Sunday usually traveling but when up north a big potroast or ribs slow cooked something. Love the pizza. I remember watching the disney movie too.

      Does that age us, lol?

      1. re: kchurchill5

        How about watching Bonanza on Sunday night with popcorn or pizza? (That was Sunday, wasn't it?) And a big fancy meal like a roast earlier in the day, just like you.

        We grew up with the Friday fish tradition. Sometimes at a Wisconsin tavern, just as you described, with the coleslaw, rye bread, and beer (for the adults.) Now that we live in a neighboring state, it's still a special treat to seek out a neighborhood restaurant that does the Friday night tradition.

        1. re: karykat

          OMG I remember Bonanza and popcorn with lots and lots of butter, :)

    2. Omelets and champagne... our favourite quickie dinner. this happens about once a week on some random night when we just can't stand the aggro of really cooking and we both need a drink. It's definitely one of my favourite meals.

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      1. re: Rabbit

        Very cool, like it. I would do mango juice and champagne (good if you never had it) or cranberry, blueberries and champagne I use lots of flavors. Sounds like a yummy dinner. LOVE omelettes!

      2. Saturday night is such a crazy night to try to get a table in a restaurant, that it has always been homemade pizza night at my house. We make a batch of homemade crust once a month and freeze it for the weekends. On Saturday afternoon, we make homemade sauce and prepare the toppings: brown the sausage, saute the onions and green pepper. It's divine!

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        1. re: frygirl

          Good job, love that.

          We too sometimes had pizza night. Not weekly but got crust for a local pizza place. I like veggies we had a summer garden, Dad liked pepperoni ... Mom liked mushroom and onions. I liked everything. It was fun, everyone helped and we drank Sangria and enjoyed a good salad, usually from the garden, fresh veggies. And a good movie to follow..

        2. I don't have a 'once a week' special but if I'm feeling lazy I pull out some frozen soup and nuke it. Or maybe just make some soup from scratch with frozen stock.

          1. We do taco's or enchilada's at least once a week. Or some times if we are really busy and short on time we just do Nacho's. We always have at least one Mexican night a week though. Also another fun thing we do that has become a tradition if my daughter gets all A's on her report card ( she is in 2nd grade) then we have a pancake supper. Sometimes I make it or sometimes we go to I hop she loves that and she works really hard to get all A's we always let her invite a friend as she is an only child it's really fun.

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            1. re: Analisas mom

              I was an only child, my dinner was waffels how funny with strawberries and whipped cream. Mom used to make it with 3 pieces of bacon I still remember it. We had a butcher in the summer in town and he had the most amazing maple thick sliced bacon. I could eat tons of it. I like the Mexican night too.

              Short note. I always have a can of refried and black beans, green chilis, always have onion, cheese and salsa. Sort of staples for me. Sometime I'll take some beans chilis or chilpoltes, onions salsa and make a bean mix, stuff in tortillas add cheese and roll up (I did buy those and sour cream on the way home) Heat up in foil and serve. A great salad and some Mexican rice right from the pantry is a perfect quick fix dinner and so much better than take out. Besides ... kids can get involved making the wraps. Black beans corn, salsa, onions and cheese is also great. Any combo works.

            2. For more than 20 years, Friday night has been steak night at my house. My kid's school friends knew this and would try to cadge an invitation. ( I cooked one of them a 2 pound top sirloin as a joke, but alas, it was on me and he could have eaten more)
              The only constant has been steak, and even that changes. It has varied from grocery store choice ribeyes to prime dry aged NY strips from Lobel's, depending upon the economy.
              Always starts with a J&B Scotch or three. Apps vary but currently involve hot pepper cheese biscuits my wife made for Christmas and some smoked almonds.
              Potatoes are usually baked, but sometimes stuffed or quartered new potatoes tossed with olive oil, kosher salt and roasted with sliced Vidalia onions on top.
              Bread is garlic bread or potato rolls.
              Salad is currently halved grape tomatoes, diced red onion, fresh parsley from the garden, gorganzola crumbles, and balsamic vinagrette. Also a side like sauteed spinach or roasted or steamed asaparagus.
              All finished off with a nice cab, zin, or syrah and a cup of Green Mountain coffee.
              Never had a dissatisfied customer yet!!! Can you guess why we skip dessert??

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              1. re: steakman55

                Seriously good food. Here's to you!! Nice job.

                Can I offer a suggestion ... just a favorite of mine. I love onions, love bread ... love cheese... hell love it all.

                I make stuffed bread. I take a baguette cut in half lengthwise, hollow out a little. Olive oil and lightly grill just to toast a bit. Then stuff with grated gruyere. Now carmelize onion in butter with some garlic, not too much and use 2 large onions. Also add 2 cups muchrooms (crimini), add some sherry 1/4 cup, s/p and sautee until soft. Stuff in the bread on top of the cheese, top with more cheese and the top of the bread. Wrap in foil and bake on a agrill on in the oven for 20 minutes. Turn once or twice. Amazing!!

                Hope you give it a try. I make several stuffed breads and love them.

                1. re: kchurchill5

                  Almost sounds like a meal. Will give it a try. Thanks

                  1. re: steakman55

                    I make a tomato mozz, shrimp scampi, pesto onion, greek with onion sundried and feta and olives, Lots of variations. Great on the grill or oven. Slice in 8 slices and serve with a great grilled steak. Too good. I can't do a BBQ without a request for it. For a smaller group just do 1/2 a baguette and the ingredients. Great!!

                  2. re: steakman55

                    I want someone to cook like this for me!! What a great tradition.

                  3. Growing up was always beans and hot dogs, brown bread on Sat. night. And Sunday was always dinner and ice cream sundays with my grandparents to watch Disney together.

                    I believe Wed. was prince spaghetti night.

                    1. Wednesday was meatloaf night..with mashed potatoes and corn. I loved meatloaf night. My mom made the best meatloaf ever.

                      We do a pasta night once a week...usually Monday night. Tonight it is linguinni with red sauce and Italian sausage...and a big salad.

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                      1. re: melly

                        Meatloaf is a must always with me!! I always make 2. I freeze the other in baggies for cold meatloaf sandwiches.

                        1. re: melly

                          Saturdays during the summer at our (summer home) we usually had my aunt and uncle who lived down the road, my grandparents who always ate with us they lived next door but also a few other friends and we called it grill night. It was always different. We each brought a salad or warm dish, beans salad, pasta, mac and cheese, anything and something to grill. Sometimes shellfish, sometimes chicken, burgers, dogs, sausage. Never the same. Duck, rabbit, and coho we caught, pheasant and lots of stuff. Pretty much anything. It was alot of fun. We even did grilled pizzas wrapped in foil before grilled pizza was popular, lol..

                          Tuesday there was a town meeting every other week. Our summer home was in a very small town. Population during the summer was 1500, 300 during winter ... But town meetings were Tuesday at 6:00 and they had a spaghetti night at the Eagles lodge. Not the best spaghetti, but it was for the town. We all did that and then a big group always came back to our house. Most of those that lived close by and did samores, hot chocolate, the adults a bit more. We put peanut butter on ours too or usually someone bought a home made cherry pie. Traverscity MI, we were only 45 minutes south. Traverscity had a cherry festival each year. Cherry pie was a standard in our neck of the woods. Pie and ice cream always or cherry preserves.

                        2. Eggs as in breakfast for dinner. Could be scrambled, could be omelette could be an egg bake but always served with hash browns, Virginia ham, fresh fruit, coffee and fresh squeezed OJ.

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                          1. re: HillJ

                            I love omlettes with a side of home fries. Fresh fruit and a spidy Bloody Mary. I love anything with eggs. Asparagus, proscuitto, gruyere, onion and tomato is a favorite, but love a good western omlette too. Anything goes.

                            1. re: kchurchill5

                              oh kchurchill, Bloody Mary...now I'd probably go to sleep by 6pm...but that sounds like heaven!

                          2. Gosh, it's between my killer tacos, mole cheese enchiladas with beans and Spanish Rice with lots of fresh avocado and sour cream OR Panko crusted Chicken Breast pounded thin and rolled with fresh spinach, feta and baked with fresh green beans and scalloped potatoes..

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                              1. re: Beach Chick

                                Mexican night was every other week, who knows what day whenever we decided. We just tried to do it every other week. So was Italian week. We did tacos and enchiladas also our version of burittos. Usually fish. We lived on a lake so lots of fish.