Ah, Sundays: family, food and business talk…That’s what I remember growing up. Of course, there was church and football as well, but the thing I remember most was family. On Sundays I always think of my grandparents who are long gone. I was very fortunate to grow up in the same town with all four of them, with 2 living right across the street from us.
Stores weren’t open on Sundays when I was a kid, so instead of shopping we always had a small family shindig. We were exceptionally lucky in that our extended family all got along very well. Each weekend we had all four grandparents and the occasional aunts and uncles and lots of laughs. (Daytime cocktails were still very much in vogue back then.)
Back in those days there was always a roast for Sunday Dinner. Looking back at my mother’s cooking, my brother and I kind of joke now that mom never made a whole lot of food. My dad didn’t like leftovers, so she tended to cook just what was going to be eaten.
When I married into my husband’s huge Italian family, it was quite a culture shock to see his family cook enough food in case the army was stopping over. Did you ever see My Big Fat Greek Wedding? My family were like the groom’s parents–white toast. Fred’s family were the Italian version of the Greeks in this movie. While very different, I quickly learned to love this new interpretation of Sunday Dinner. I especially enjoyed that our families all enjoyed each other!
So today, enjoy your family. Enjoy a nice dinner together.
Bonus: Lisa’s Sunday Roast
One of our favorites growing up was an eye of the round beef roast cooked on the grill. Now this is going to sound totally crazy, but stay with me. It is delicious.
Cover the entire roast with yellow mustard, and then coat the mustard with Kosher salt. Cook it on the grill at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes on each side. The roast will look like you have burned the shit out of it— do not panic, it’s supposed to look like that.
The flavor is unbelievable, and it’s a hit anytime I make it. It’s best if it’s rare to medium rare. Serve with grilled root vegetables and a spinach salad with balsamic vinegar dressing. Perfection.
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What’s your favorite Sunday Dinner?