What’s for supper?

People and the friends and families are increasingly fragmented.

A myriad of social networking means are sought today, except perhaps the table.

What plans do you have for your Sunday meal?

Do you have some plans for a Sunday meal together with family or friends?

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  1. jbalza007 says:

    It’s my mom’s birthday this Sunday, so after the 12:30PM Pontifical High Mass of Bishop Cordileone, our parish has a special reception at the soon-to-named Father Kozina Hall of St. Margaret Mary’s in Oakland, CA. We’ll most likely have our own family celebration dinner at a restaurant (Olive Garden, perhaps?).

  2. JohnE says:

    I take it I should be planning more than a day ahead?

    I’m bad at coming up with ideas for dinner. Perhaps we need a few more installments of “How does the recipe really taste?”

  3. zapman says:

    Typically after Mass we end up having four generations together (great-grandma, grandma, us, children) for lunch. It’s so nice that we get to do that, and my wife’s family is still close. (I come from a very fragmented family.)

  4. Girgadis says:

    As a child, I spent every Sunday at my paternal grandmother’s house and we have continued this tradition at my parents’ house. The disappointment they feel when we can’t go is palpable. The meal is typically Italian, though an occasional roast beef or pork has been known to sneak its way in. If company such as an aunt or uncle is coming, we have both the pasta and the roast amid complaints that
    “no one is eating anything” from my mother. During football season, we are forbidden to keep the television on during dinner and anyone who roots for the New York Giants runs the risk of getting evicted before dessert.

    The thought of someone eating all alone or treating Sunday like any other day is one I find depressing.

    Incidentally, we have no desire to join the culture that schlepps kids from one activity to another and prevents families from eating the evening meal together.

  5. I live by myself, so usually Sunday is a day to eat by myself. Parish donuts or going out for coffee after Mass with a friend is the only meal I don’t eat alone.

  6. Agnes says:

    Our Cub Scout Pack is going to have an investiture ceremony after Noon Mass and then, we eat cake! (I guess that counts for lunch) Many families and many friends – I can hardly wait.

  7. Rouxfus says:

    After Sunday morning mass at either 9 or 11:30 we (myself, wife, two grade-schoolers) return home and cook a simple brunch of eggs (poached, scrambled, and fried), oven-baked bacon (perfect every time with no splatter), toast or bagels, orange juice, and double espressos. A couple of times per month we invite other parishioners to join us. Simple pleasures are the best. We never have eggs & bacon during the week, so Sunday brunch is always a feast. Blessings For Table from the monthly Magnificat.

  8. Robert_H says:

    Most Sundays we try to get together with my wife’s family. We’re also planning a neighborhood meet-and-greet for next Sunday evening at the elementary school playground across the street. Coffee, apple cider and donuts.

  9. Baron Korf says:

    We (the catechists team for the teens) go out an eat after classes are over. Its pretty much the one night of the week I don’t eat alone.

  10. Geoffrey says:

    Growing up my mother worked on weekends, so my sister and I spent the day at my grandmother’s house. She would prepare Sunday dinner each Sunday without fail. Great memories. When I have a family of my own, I hope to initiate the “Sunday dinner”.

  11. lux_perpetua says:

    because of bus schedules, i usually don’t return home from Mass until well after 1:30, whereupon i immediately break my pre-Eucharistic fast with quite an abandon.

    because i am far away from family and friends, i sadly usually eat every sunday meal alone, though the joys from Mass earlier that morning make even this quiet time wonderful.

    this sunday a number of students and i are having a potluck brunch, which will be a nice change of pace.

  12. liebemama says:

    Our priest, Fr. Clemens , is coming for Sunday dinner at around 1pm tomorrow. I am trying out a new recipe for Beef Burgundy, new potatoes, salad and a vanilla cream with rasberries for dessert. We are rarely ‘just the family’ on Sunday. We are 6 and usually have at least 2 -4 guests with us. My daughters are getting older and have really become a help in the kitchen. My dh takes care of the wine and other drinks, the setting of the table and the prayer before the meal. We usually don’t plan much else for the day except for a walk to aid the digestion :-)

  13. bernadette says:

    It will be just me and hubby. After an afternoon hike in the state forest we are having homemade chicken stew and bran muffins. I wish that family could be with us but all of our kids are adults and live far away.

  14. Nikki8D says:

    My daughter and I will make Shepherd’s Pie this Sunday. She’ll do most of the cooking, I’ll just supervise and move hot pans for her. She loves to make dinner, she gets all decked out in apron and chef hat and really gets into it. I think her favourite part is when the cooking is done, and everyone is at the table eating and giving their “compliments to the chef”. (But what 9 year old girl wouldn’t love that?)

  15. irishgirl says:

    I live alone, so I’ll probably go out to eat…unless I stop by a tavern that has a free halftime buffet during the football games on TV.

    Go Jets, Go Giants, and Go Bills!

  16. rwprof says:

    Enchiladas verdes today; ribeyes, cole slaw and something else (I’ll have to drop by the market on the way back from Divine Liturgy to see what they have) tomorrow.

  17. Supertradmom says:

    Sunday meal is a big deal. Once a month we do roast, potatoes, cooked carrots, greens, and a dessert. Will make cherry cheese cake for dessert and probably have one of my family favorites, salmon roll-ups, which consists of salmon, Parmesan or Romano, and green chilies in a wrap. Or, as I haven’t decided, another favorite, Spaghetti Carbonara with garlic bread. We do not eat a lot of meat.

  18. leutgeb says:

    Mass, tea (this is England!) Choir Practice, lunch at my parent’s with them and one brother and his girlfriend. Other brother and sister-in-law have gone up to her parents because her Grandmother died last week.

    sunday lunch is mostly at my parent’s but at mine or brother & sister-in-law’s too.

  19. Rachel says:

    On Sundays I occasionally gather with friends for dinner, tea, and an encyclical study. It’s a great way to read more encyclicals– just get together with friends, read one paragraph at a time, discuss if desired, move on to the next paragraph. No homework required.

    The drawback is that we took nearly a year just to get through Humanae Vitae!

  20. lucy says:

    This Sunday after our EF Mass, we will have the pleasure of serving dinner to our priest; possibly a seminarian; a family that includes a husband who used to be a seminarian; and another friend or two and our combined 8 children. I’ve chosed Korean Bulgogi for this Sunday; along with rice; and a salad of baby spinach, cucumbers, fresh tomatoes from the garden, and a dressing that mimics the Bulgogi flavors. Not sure about the appetizer yet. For dessert, it’s a cream cheese flan, and also whatever our friends bring for dessert for the children. I may pair this dinner with a pinot grigio or perhaps the old vine zinfandel, but not sure yet. We always enjoy our priest friends coming to dinner !

  21. shanasfo says:

    Normally, we have dinner together as a family every night, and on Sundays I try to make a nicer meal than on weekdays (but on our budget, sometimes it isn’t possible) Meatballs with the spaghetti, or a pork or beef roast with something extra on the side, and maybe one of my daughter’s exquisite home made cakes.

    This Sunday, though, some of us will be an hour away in a different state visiting my father in-law, who is in the hosptial with pneumonia and growing restless with sheer boredom (prayers for our “Bob-bob” will be greatly appreciated!). We’re bringing him home made oatmeal cookies (his favorite) and will probably have dinner with my mother in-law later in a restaurant.

  22. TXKathi says:

    We are delightfully still at a point where all our kiddos still live at home — the oldest will probably go off to college next year — and make it a point to have most of our evening meals together – even if that means dinner at 8. Something my parents left me as legacy.

    As mom, I get w/e off from cooking. Saturday evening dh makes pizza for our weekly “pizza & a (family) movie” night & Sundays the kids take turns pairing up to make dinner, which adds a little mystery as to what edible fare will turn up on the table.

  23. dave1022 says:

    Today, as is normal, Sunday dinner is 15 of us…
    Tomato crostini, pasta con il pesto alla Trapanese, 2 weeks’ aged rib roast, Tuscan potato pie, summer pepper stew, and panna cotta for dessert.

  24. Jayna says:

    I have breakfast with my mother on Sundays after Mass. And, depending on the financial situation for the week, I’ll invite friends over and we’ll have a big Sunday meal. Spaghetti, lasagna – you know, the stuff that’s cheap but will feed an army. We really step it up the Sunday after Thanksgiving each year. Since we all have to have dinner with out families, we usually have a second Thanksgiving so that we can all have a meal together. I think it was upwards of 25 people last year. It’s great for my friends who are not on the best terms with their families.

    As to this Sunday, I actually have no idea. I’m hoping my mother comes up with something because I am not in the cooking mood today.

  25. Craig says:

    My best friend and I usually go to a little cafe (Happy Gillis Cafe) near the Oratory for breakfast after Mass, or I will make some waffles, eggs, fresh bread, coffee/tea and fruit, all depends on what I feel like. Sunday dinner is always my favourite to cook, anything from roast to Hungarian chicken, hash or whatever.

    Since I now live alone, I will be seeing what I can do without eating out. Might try more raw.

    Next time you are in town Father, I will take you and KK to a couple favourite hidden gems.

  26. Mickey says:

    Better late than never…traditional Texas Sunday dinner:

    Grilled pork steaks, with Rudy’s Sause, mashed potatoes, and fried green tomatoes!

  27. MargaretMN says:

    Beef Stroganoff with my spouse and then skyping my Mom and Dad who are visiting my brother and his family in Washington, D.C.

  28. doublenan says:

    We had lunch after Mass today in the Church hall. It was our parish’s “Welcome” to a seminarian beginning a year’s stay. Sloppy joes, baked beans, chips, bars & beverages on the menu; simple fare, but a feast when shared with one’s parish family. :)

  29. Fr. John Mary says:

    Our usual Sunday “big meal” is after Vespers. Tonight we had a baked chicken, fresh green beans with onion, bacon, and vinagerette; a rice dish with carrots and celery cooked in chicken stock; fresh tomatoes with lemon juice, olive oil and a touch of basil.

  30. trad catholic mom says:

    We made roasted chicken, southern green beans, maple garlic roasted butternut squash and homemade buttermilk biscuits.

  31. Charivari Rob says:

    Plan? What is this “plan” of which you speak, Father? I know not the word. Is it from one of the several foreign languages you study?

    We thought we might have supper with a friend after his play rehearsal let out – either eat out somewhere or fire up the grill here at home. My cousin and her husband ended up coming into town somewhat unexpectedly on a medical expedition, though. So, after meeting them at the airport, we had family lunch out (from 4-7 pm) and had a great time catching up on family news and trading stories.

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