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Apr 20, 2013 11:12 AM

Do you eat certain foods on particular days of the week either now or when growing up?

Fldhkybnva asked a fantastic question in the most recent WFD thread about people eating certain foods on particular days of the week.

Is Thursday night always pizza night in your home? When you were a kid was Monday always taco night? Those are just examples.

I will start by saying that when I was growing up, Sunday morning always meant pancakes with real maple syrup. Friday night was always Fish Kebobs with melted butter while watching the Donny & Marie Osmond Show on TV.

How about you?

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  1. Love this!

    We had no regular night meals growing up. Mom and dad shared the cooking responsibilities for the 7 of us but more tag team and they each had their "regular" specialities. Money was tight until I was well into middle school so I think many of our meals were based on what they could afford. That said weeknight dinners and Sunday suppers were ALWAYS family time. There were no excuses for not being home for them until we started going away for school.

    However since becoming parent myself I find that having one or two nights a week dedicated to a them makes my life easier. During winter months Friday night is pizza night. We usually make it from scratch but take out works too. In the summer its burgers or steaks on the grill. Weds night is Mexican night-tacos, burritos, nachos, carnitas, etc

    When my son was much younger, maybe ages 4-6 he got comfort from set meals so there was a period of time when Monday was pasta, Tuesday was mexican, Weds was steak, Thursday was chicken and Friday was pizza. However as he got more involved in the meal planning, prep and cooking that went out the window.

    1. Sunday dinner was always roast beef, gravy, potatoes and lots of vegetables. Saturday night was hot dogs, beans, home fries, brown bread- and Dad had steak! Wednesday was spaghetti. Fridays was haddock, peas and french fries.

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      1. re: macca

        I had the exact same Sunday dinner! Still do not like roast beef to this day.

        1. re: jlhinwa

          That's funny- I still cook a Roast beerf often- have lots of family for dinner almost every Sunday, and they all love it- as do thier kids! Today we will have RB, asparagus, summer squash, potatoes au gratin and rolls. Took forever to get the potatoes ready- had to use 5 lbs of potatoes, so made a HUGE casserole of them! Dessert is brownie hot fudge sundaes.

          1. re: macca

            I am guessing the reason I don't have fond memories probably has to do with how my mom cooked it. Pretty much all meat was cooked well done and vegetables were boiled. Eeeew. In fairness, she was cooking for my meat-and-pototoes father's taste but it didn't do much for me. I probably should try it again sometime but the taste/texture of that Sunday roast beef is strongly imprinted in my mind!

            1. re: jlhinwa

              We always had it cooked med rare, with a delicious gravy on the side. Served with mashed, cabbage salad, spinach, butternut, carrots , green beans and rolls. My grandmother made it every week, then my mom, now I do- though I do change up the vegetables.

        2. re: macca

          "...and Dad had steak!"

          Wha....!?!?! Not fair!

          1. re: sandylc

            On pay day Fridays my parents got fish and we got take out or something cheap Nd easy.

            1. re: sandylc

              Yup- we never even thought it was odd!! Family of 7 kids, mom did not work outside of the house, and money was tight!

            2. re: macca

              Saturday was hot dogs and beans, Sunday a roast beast and Friday was meatless - eggs, pancakes or fish. There were only 5 or 6 regular meals in the week day rotation.

              1. re: breakfastfan

                My H. calls it "roast beast" too. :-)
                Saturday hot dogs people, you've got to be New Englanders, no?

                  1. re: pinehurst

                    You called it! Born and raised in MA

                    1. re: macca

                      lauphing here! We called it roast beast and I am Mass girl all the way!

              2. Friday was pizza night growing up. We had roast chicken on Wednesday and liver with onion on Monday. Tacos on Tuesday. I never liked Wednesdays ;)

                1. Red Beans and rice on Mondays is a New Orleans institution!

                  1. This is interesting! We never had a meal rotation or routine, other than that dinner was at 6 and we were all there. My mother was a pretty good cook, and fairly adventurous, so we had old favorites along with new recipes she pulled from Joy or from Sunset magazine. Once my 3 sisters and I were old enough to cook, we took over the dinner duties and my mother did the dishes.

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                    1. re: jmcarthur8

                      Same with my family. Didn't have a meal routine, that I can remember. Dad traveled a lot, so mealtime was usually close to 6pm when he was traveling, and often after 7pm when he was home.

                      Mom wasn't overly adventurous, but Dad was. We often had similar meals he had had overseas that he would try and recreate when he got home. Sometimes they were successful and sometimes not. :-)

                      We also rarely had delivery pizza. It was a *really* special thing if we got that - maybe twice a year?

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        "Mom wasn't overly adventurous, but Dad was. We often had similar meals he had had overseas that he would try and recreate when he got home."

                        Thank your lucky stars. My Dad was unadventurous and would try and recreate meals he had while in the Army. His version of SOS was particularly dreadful.

                        1. re: Fowler

                          Yup, I think I'll keep my Dad's satay (which no one had heard of in my neck of the woods in the mid-1970s) vs. your Dad's SOS. ;-)