Saturday, August 18, 2012

"Whatever Happened To Sunday Dinner?" Cookbook Review & Giveaway


Two savory recipes in a row! No, I'm not sick and yes, I have more sweetness coming your way, but first I have a cookbook to share with you- Whatever Happened To Sunday Dinner? by Lisa Caponigri. This is such a clever book. The concept behind this book is bringing back Sunday dinner. "Fifty-two menus are presented in the Italian tradition: an antipasto (usually a crostini to pass at the table), a primo (first course: almost always a pasta), a secondo (call it the main course) served with a single contorno (side dish) and finally, dessert. Every menu is different; not a single repeated."


Sunday dinner according to Lisa is not just about eating. It's about getting the family together in the kitchen and dividing up the tasks so that everyone is involved and contributing to the family meal, whether it's by chopping, baking, stirring or setting the table. "Sunday dinner doesn't have to be elaborate, just delicious." There are 260 recipe in this book to choose from. Obviously you don't have to follow each menu as written; you can mix and match recipes from different menus to create your perfect meal. The idea is to get comfortable in the kitchen, eat, linger at the table, relax and share the highlights of your week. "Sunday dinner is irreplaceable, the meeting place of memories that will last a lifetime."


You can feel Lisa's passion for Sunday dinner through her family photos, words and menus. As I read about her love of food and family, I started planning my own Sunday dinners. We often have Sunday dinner at my mom's house, but that usually means my mom does most of the cooking and I provide dessert. We all sit down together, share stories and laughter and enjoy a great meal. But I realized after reading Lisa's stories that we could all help out a little more and make it more of a family activity.  


I flipped through page after page of this book. The recipes are enticing and the photos are gorgeous. This really is a handsome book, and hefty at that. And because there is so much variety, you could cook through it all throughout the week, not just on Sundays. I chose to make Pasta alla Carbonara and Pesto Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes, only to simplify things I used store bought pesto because it's what I had on hand. I made the pasta recipe as written but I added my thoughts and notes below. Both were delicious and easy enough to make on a  busy weekday. To win a copy of "Whatever Happened To Sunday Dinner?" scroll down. 


Pasta Alla Carbonara- Pasta with Eggs and Bacon

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Recipe serves 8, but can easily be halved-
  • 8 Tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter* (see note)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound thick-sliced bacon or pancetta, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • head of garlic, separated into cloves and chopped
  • 2 pounds of spaghetti
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups grated pecorino romano 
  • freshly ground pepper
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. 

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the olive oil. Add the bacon and garlic and cook until the bacon is very crisp, taking care not to burn the garlic* (see note). Remove the bacon and garlic from the skillet, using a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels. 

Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. 

Meanwhile, in a large serving bowl, beat together the eggs, cheese, and pepper to taste. Stir in the bacon and garlic. 

Drain the pasta and add to the bowl. Toss until the pasta is well coated with the eggs and cheese mixture and serve immediately. 

NOTE: I didn't find that cooking the bacon and garlic in butter and olive oil was necessary. It just resulted in a lot of grease in a pan that had to be thrown away. The bacon yields a lot of fat on it it's own- next time, I'd crisp up the bacon then just before it's done, add the garlic. I found cooking the garlic along with the bacon just overcooked it.


Pomodorini Ripieni Di Pesto- Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed with Pesto

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  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 5 Tbsp. pine nuts
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more if needed
  • 1/2 cup grated pecorino romano
  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes
Place the basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, salt, olive oil, and Pecorino in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. If the pesto is too thick for your taste, add a little more olive oil. 

Cut the tops off the tomatoes. With a small spoon scoop out the seeds and pulp, taking care not to puncture the skin. Fill the tomatoes with the pesto and serve at room temperature. 

NOTE: Don't use grape tomatoes to make this- they won't stand upright and the filling will spill out.






To win a copy of "Whatever Happened To Sunday Dinner?" by Lisa Caponigri all you need to do is leave me a comment below telling me about your family meals. It doesn't have to be Italian, it can be anything. Do you have a tradition of getting the family together on a regular basis, cooking and eating? Tell me about it! 

Be sure to leave your contact info so if you win I know how to get a hold of you. I'll announce a winner next week and ship the book out. One comment per person, please. Giveaway open to US residents only. Good luck!

My little helper!

79 comments:

Rebecca said...

Cherry tomatoes stuffed with pesto? I think I just died. I definitely want to try that for a Sunday dinner side. Amazing.

All Ways Designing said...

A cookbook of Italian food is always something I'm loving!! I remember as a kid, having Sunday dinner at my Grandma's house - she'd be out in the kitchen cooking and filling the house with the smells of yummy food!! Do I remember anything she ever served though? NO. I just remember the fun of going to Grandma's house and seeing her and Grandpa - sitting with them, giggling and singing around the piano that grandpa played. The same thing when we'd go to visit my Aunt & Uncle. Auntie is Italian and her mother lived with them. So, there was always something Italian being cooked. And, I do remember most of the dishes that were served there. It was all about the people and the love and the sharing and the caring!!

Thanks for the chance to win the cookbook!

Jan ♥

From the Kitchen said...

It's hard to pay attention to your posts when you post photos of darling Hayden. Wow, look at those teeth. And, he's pulling up now? I believe you are having a giveaway. Since I assume it isn't Hayden, sign me up anyway.

It's so nice to see how your boy is growing. I loved reading about him releasing a balloon at his brother's grave. I'm sure Sam was smiling down on him.

Best,
Bonnie

Debby Foodiewife said...

You know me-- the majority of my recipes are all savory. Sunday is the one and only day I can really devote to making Sunday supper. It's a fun thing to do, especially when it isn't summer. I love braising. There's something magical about slow cooking a one-pot meal. I'm going to investigate this cookbook. It sounds lovely, and I do love cookbooks with great photos-- plus, I adore Italian cooking!

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

I grew up eating meals with the TV on and we never really talked about our day. Once I had my girls I was adamant that we would not have the TV on, and that we would eat together every night. We have had to make a few adjustments as they got older but I will always treasure that time we spent together.

Can I just say that I love your photo of the spaghetti?

jan said...

Since the day we were married we decided we'd make meals together a priority... my married daughter now teases that if you want a free meal... show up at moms at 6 pm any night and dinner is served. Happy memories and lots of laughs-

Theresa said...

Family dinners always occur with extended family with the same yummy food on major holidays. I now have a family of my own, but our house is too small for us to fit around the table at the same time! IN spite of that, we try to make good dinners for our children, knowing the loving memories they'll grow up with. I would love this cook book so I can come up with some more delicious ideas for our children to remember!

Beth Roberts said...

I have a large family.. four sons and four daughters.. and only 2 grandchildren. Every Sunday morning we all get together for doughnuts or bagels, coffee, juice, and milk for the grandkids. Only one son cant make it, he lives in Rhode Island. Even great grandma comes. Its always a party when my family is all together. I really like your recipes. Sometimes I surprise everyone and bake something special. I will for sure be making one of your recipes soon.

Becca said...

For the past year (right before the summer started) my mom was doing consulting stuff, so she wasn't home for long periods of time (and before that she wasn't home for long periods of time because of her pharmisudical job) So usually on Wednesdays I would make my dad, my sister, and me dinner since I didn't work on Wednesdays. Then when the summer came my mom would try and have some family meals at least 3-4 times a week. Sometimes we would go out, and sometimes it would be a "make your own dinner and do whatever you want" night. :P Now I don't know how it will be, since I'm living with 3 new different people.

erika said...

Growing up, we had family dinner every night- big Midwestern-style meals with lots of meat and potatoes. When my husband and I moved to California, I toned it down to more fish and salads. Now that we have two kids, I've rotated pasta and more kid friendly stuff into the mix. I would LOVE a new cookbook to help keep my weekly meal plan fresh.

Also, I must say that I just tried your zucchini brownies and look forward to trying more of your recipes. Thanks!

Jennie35 said...

It is harder and harder to have family dinners when the kids are older. When we sit down, the conversations go on so much longer than they do when only a few of us are together at the kitchen counter. It is worth the effort to wait until everyone is home!

The Perkins Family said...

We try to eat meals as a family, even if it is soup and grilled cheese. It doesn't have yo be fancy. The important this is to be together talking, sharing,laughing and in the case of my 3children,bickering!

Anonymous said...

We always went to my Granny's after church on Sunday for lunch. Those are precious memories! I'd live to start a similar tradition with my kids.

Sallie said...

I'm from an Italian family so Sunday was always macaroni night. There was nothing in the world like my Nana's homemade meatballs and gravy (spaghetti sauce to everyone else). :)
-Sallie (SPalmieri@psualum.com)

Dawn said...

One of the meals I made often was putting a pot roast in the oven before leaving for church and coming home to the most comforting smell. Sunday meal was something I grew up with.

Memória said...

I know I'm not in the U.S., but you can send the cookbook to my mom in the case that I win hehehehehe. On Sundays, my family usually goes out to eat. No one really knows how to cook in my family but me, and my grandmother is too sick to cook.

I hope you are well! I miss chatting with you! Hayden's teeth are coming in so fast!!

Anonymous said...

Our family dinners are small..only DD, husband and me. But we do sit down to eat together

ccoop

kimt said...

Just getting together with whomever is around on Sunday afternoon works for us. We rotate houses. I love sitting around a great meal sharing your week. A great way to catch up and share each others lives.

Sam said...

I guess I'm still in the habit of throwing a roast, potatoes & carrots in the oven before we head off to church, just like my mom & my grandma both did - I guess that is a good tradition to carry on :) Lovely book - hope I win! Thanks for the chance.

RhubarbLady said...

We enjoy soup for dinner quite often with chicken and dumplings being a family favorite. We also like clam chowder a lot. Every once and a while I'll make minestrone but my homemade minestrone ends up being a lot of work. cooksci at yahoo dot com

Kristin Faulkenberry said...

Our family is quite spread out so we don't get together as often as I would like.. but when we do its over a wonderful starchy meal (haha) with lots of reminiscing for sure! One day when my husband and I start our family I hope to have regular Sunday dinners and make that tradition come back to life and be a favorite time for our kids! email: kdfaulkenberry@Yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite family dinners were at my grandmother's house growing up. She would make chicken and dumplings and at least 5 vegetable sides to cover everyone's favorites! After we were all stuffed she would bring out one of her delicious pies, either chocolate or vanilla cream (which we called "yellow pie").

Anonymous said...

I always insisted that the family sat down for dinner. It's nice to see my grown kids are doing the same now. Today we get together for holidays and special reasons, laugh, enjoy, and eat...lots ! Would love to win the book ! denisecott@yahoo.com

Debby said...

We always strive for a family sit down dinner. I try and have my teens help with the meal planning and prep as much as possible. My 14 year old daughter is turning into an amazing cook!

suzieQ said...

I grew up having home cooked meals at the table every day and I know it is an important tradition for a family...especially an Italian/American family. When my children were young, we always ate together, though, I have to admit, as they got older, we sometimes sat eating and watching television...bad mommy!
The cookbook sound delicious and it focuses on an important family tradition. Families have many distractions and obligations and we have to be mindful that taking time to be together and reconnect is important. Preparing food, eating together and cleaning up together can result in unexpected exchanges and memories. Each time together can be like a mini-holiday meal.
If I'm lucky enough to win, contact me at; blackcat212@gmail.com

Maranda said...

Oh those tomatoes look awesome! And you KNOW I want this cookbook!!!!

I usually do a Sunday breakfast. Or, at least, I used to before the baby started moving like crazy. I would bring the family over (all still in our pajamas) and I would make pancakes or some other great breakfast food that takes a little more time than a weekday breakfast. We would all sit down at the table together and enjoy new recipes. I love getting the whole family together for a delicious meal and I think this book would be perfect for that! Oh! And when Little Butt starts school I want to start Friday pizza nights! I think it will be fun to grab the ingredients after school on Friday and make our own pizzas. Yum!

Andrea @ Recipes For Divine Living said...

Sunday dinners are wonderful, though we do tend to let them lapse during the summer. Time to start them back up.

Judy said...

We have done Sunday dinner for almost 12 yrs. it started when my dad came to live with us. My sister and I would take turns every weekend. Now the kids have grown and moved out but they all come home for Sunday dinner.

Darlene said...

We ate formal sit down Sunday dinners after church as the kids were growing up, but by the time there were all in their teens it got harder. Now they're all grown up and we only seem to have sit down meals when we go out. Everybody's too busy.

Heather said...

We eat all our meals together (unless Daddy has a gig) so we are a pretty unusual family! But that being said we don't have a tradition of eating with other family, other than on vacations or holidays because we live far from my family. My MIL is not one who lets me help in the kitchen when we visit, so I'm pretty much a solo cook, but I'm hopeful that my kids will continue to be interested and we will build a tradition of cooking together for future generations! And I wouldn't change our eat as a family for anything...it breaks my heart that so many families don't do that!

Jan R said...

I remember the fried chicken my mother often made for sunday dinner with milk gravy.

OmaSam said...

After always fixing sit down suppers for the family - we're empty nesters now. But, we still have "dinner and a movie" with our single son every Monday - feels like old times!

The Glorious & The Brave said...

I love cooking with my grandchildren. They love to help make main dishes to desserts and because they always seem to be hungry, they like to whip up appetizers to take the edge off their hunger before dinner. It would be fun to cook our way through this cookbook together!

Alicia said...

When I was growing up it was only me and my sister sat at the table while our parents sat elsewhere - usually in front of the tv. I don't have kids yet but I make sure that my boyfriend and I (and any friends that we have over) sit at the table and talk. We tell stories that we find funny and talk about anything and everything that we think of. There are many times that we continue to sit there, even after dinner and dessert are finished, continuing to talk. It's moments like that that make me smile :)

Marina said...

Whoa! You had me at bacon! Yum!

sayer13 said...

Right now in our home, it's salads, salads, salads. The garden is producing much and we are loving it. Would love to win this book....I'm also a recipe collector. Love new ideas.

Christina in Salem Oregon said...

I've had my eye on that book for a while, thanks for the opportunity to win!

Christina in Oregon.

Puppydogs said...

As my boys are getting older, and have a lot of activities out of the house, we do not eat dinner like we used to. Two or three nights everyone is not home :( Whoever is home we have a meal together, even if it is just hubby and I.
But when they are home, we have family meals. I feel the boys will cherish these memories.

Anonymous said...

Family dinners are the absolute best and something EVERYONE looks forward to in my family. Every Sunday after church all six of my siblings (and one spouse), my parents, our two dogs and the occasional bachelor make it out to our house to consume copious amounts of food. Often my mom or sister will cook while I bake dessert. Often after eating too much and being settled in with a slice of cake and a steaming cup of coffee, my siblings will sit around the kitchen table for a good two or three hours just talking. It's a miracle that none of them live out of state yet, but I do make sure to appreciate these moments. I'm also still working on getting used to the heckling (been going on for 23 years and counting).

Thanks for this lovely opportunity!

Julia (peachsmoothie@gmail.com)

Anonymous said...

I love having my children and grandchildren over for unday dinner...always try to make something special :)
kspete@pacbell.net

Mom24 said...

Family dinner time is extremely important to me. Every day. I don't really understand how people let life get in the way of that, my children have friends that never eat with their families. Sad.

Jan said...

Ive had tons of dinners with my Aunts and Nana before they went to Heaven! Family dinners with my parents and siblings. Plus I always made homemade meals for my kids with alot of extra kids esp. on the weekend. They would beg my kids to ask b/c there was always dessert afterwards! Lol. Now my grandkids love to come over my house to eat and also they want to help out.

Kerstin said...

No one really cooks in my family so we don't really have traditions :( I plan to start some with my hubby and little one though! Such a cute pic of Hayden :)

Michelle C {Krumble Cakes and Sweets} said...

Dinner in my house can be anything from cereal to pasta dinner or (our very favorite) yellow rice, beans, and roasted chicken. We love Spanish food. If I don't have the time for such elaborate meal like the one mentioned above, I usually cook grilled chicken alfredo or homemade baked spaghetti. What I like the most is having my children and husband together, even if there's an argument, at least we are arguing and eating together. Due to different work schedules, having dinner together is rare. So when we do share a meal, we embrace it. Thanks for allowing me to share.

Anonymous said...

We always eat dinner together. I usually grill in the summer and make heartier dishes in the winter. Due to a broken wrist it's been a
lot of takeout for the past 6 weeks.

Mel
mkjacquot@gmail.com

Valerie said...

Growing up, my family always had dinner together - no TV on... only us and talking about our days. As the spouse of a military man, we moved around a lot and weren't able to have those family meals like we were used to. Once we settled in TX, my husband being from Ft. Worth and us being only about 2.5hrs. away from his family, we were able to participate in huge family gatherings on a regular basis - & we LOVED it!! There were always many people in the kitchen cooking, sharing recipes and "testing" *one of my FAV parts!* Children always running in & out to see what's being cooked, asking umpteen times when it would be time to eat! Lots of love, lots of laughter.... lots of treasured times! :)

Thank you so much for the giveaway!! :)

txreyn5663(at)earthlink(dot)net

Sara said...

My family does the big Italian dinners. My Hubby always jokes about how we have enough food to feed the whole neighborhood. I cherish those big Italian meals.
Sara

Sue Galster said...

Even though my children are grown, I still love having family dinners. As a working mom who owns her own business, homemade meals can feel overwhelming. But instead of sticking my head in the sand, I just prepare simple meals... because it's the time that we spend together as a family that's important, not the actual food. This past week I swung by the store after work and picked up everything to make cheeseburgers plus a couple of side dishes and within 1 hour, my husband and I had prepared a BBQ dinner for our family and my 82 year old dad. Nothing fancy, just all of us around our table enjoying the important things in life!

Nancy L. Janssen said...

This looks positively delish! I can't wait to make it. Looks like the week's menu is coming together nicely; thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

In my family it is required that we get together every Sunday at my parents house for dinner. Every body brings a dish to share...somehow, I always end-up bring dessert.
clawd1a1@yahoo.com

Pam said...

This book looks wonderful and I love that it has menus. Sunday night is family dinner night at our house..we are a small family, just my daughter and I, but we always have a least one guest and sometimes more...her friends are welcome to come and eat. For some of them, it's the only home cooked meal they get during the week and they will ask me 'what are we having for dinner on Sunday?' Then we watch movies, play games, etc.

plawson312@cox.net

Lynn Thompson said...

Sunday dinners at my house as a child were always called, "Fix it yourself Night"! My dad was a Presbyterian pastor and there were church activities we had to attend on Sunday night so dinner was quick. The good news was we always got exactly what we wanted. The bad news was you had to be quick if you were me because my 3 younger brothers were BIG eaters and if they got to the kitchen first there would not be any of the "good stuff" left!

Judi said...

We always do family dinners. We had gotten into the habit of going out to eat a lot, but then I went on a diet and it was no longer fun to eat out because my choices are so limited. Now we enjoy relaxing at home more with meals made exactly how I like them :)

Kelly said...

One of the things I miss most now that 2 of my children are away at college is enjoying dinner with them every night. I still have one little one (at 7 she'd kill me if she knew I called her "little") at home and it's still my favorite time of day!

Shannon said...

Sunday dinner growing up was always roast beef, potatoes, carrots and onions all slow-cooked together while we were at church. We would come home to this amazing smell, and dinner was on the table as soon as the gravy could be made. I miss those days!

Erica said...

Growing up we had dinner together most nights and the lunch time meal on Sundays with my grandparents. Now, we have dinner together with our children every night (well, breakfast and lunch, too since we homeschool!), and I would love some new meal ideas. Everyone here loves Italian!

The Mommy said...

Sunday dinner growing up was always roast beef, mashed potatoes, a vegetable, bread and homemade strawberry jam at my Grams house. When she died unexpectedly at a young age (62) it was hard to even think about eating AT ALL on Sundays. When we started our family, I brought it back. It seemed to be a way to honor her - but I do it my way, which is exactly what she taught me. 52 weeks of Italian dinners? Sign me up!

Lillian Child said...

Some of my fondest memories are of Sunday dinner at my Grandma Ollie's house. Everything homemade and absolutely delicious. So to carry on the tradition, now that I am a "grandma", I have my daughter, son-in-law, grandson, Jonas, and their newest addition, my granddaughtery, Paisley - over for dinner at mom's every Sunday! It's my time to cook for my loved ones AND to spend some quality time with the grandchildren.

Marina said...

I guess our "tradition" is that we are a "go with the flow" kind of family! For holiday dinners, we choose a favorite meal like chicken chow mein or ribeyes with scalloped potatoes and that's what we serve! I have rarely roasted a turkey or baked a ham for a holiday. As far as Sunday dinners go, while my kids were growing up, we would gather after church with a huge group of friends at a kid-friendly restaurant (usually at one where the kids ate free)and eat & hang out for a couple of hours. Now that our kids are in college, we tend to find a night as often as schedules allow for family dinner. That's when I'll make a family favorite like Pasta Carbonara or Pork Fried Rice & Crab Wontons. Sounds like this cookbook could provide inspiration for our impromptu family gatherings. Pick me, pick me!

Natalie said...

my sis moved to St. Louis where I am so we've tried to start a weekly family night dinner for us and our husbands...love the idea of this cookbook, and love the 52 menus it has!

Heather of Kitchen Concoctions said...

Haha! Love Hayden's smile! I love having dinners with my family. I am usually doing all the cooking, which I don't mind, but it is nice when I am 'off the hook' or have help. Eric has been asking for Carbonara, so I'll have to make this soon!

Anonymous said...

don't have any good memories of family meals so would like to win the cookbook and perhaps create some of my own.

fruitcrmble AT comcast DOT net

Anonymous said...

Maybe because my kids weren't heavily involved in after school sports, we were able to eat dinner together "as a family" most nights as they were growing up in the 80s and 90s. And now I see them loving to cook and eat with their own families. Wonderful to see a cookbook that celebrates that--esp. with Italian food--yum!

Sara said...

My mom and I love cooking together whenever I'm visiting my parents - we love to do new recipes and also favorites from my childhood - some family favorites are vegetarian lasagna, enchiladas, and my great-grandma's lemon meringue pie.

Momx6 said...

We just spent a week in Destin with some of our children and grandchildren. The first day - we make our menus for the week - go to Sam's Club and purchase food, snacks, water, drinks for the week. We leave one night open to "go out". Each night we prepare our meal together - yummy food (chicken piccata, chicken fajitas, etc) and love all around!

bweaver@uaex.edu (email)

Shanna Cluff said...

Sunday dinner was the one dinner when all of us were together eating yummy food and talking about anything and everything. My family is still small, but I'm trying to get that tradition of lingering at the dinner table started!

Marissa said...

We love a big Sunday dinner. It's usually the one day I can cook a big meal so I take advantage of it!

Nicole K said...

First - this looks DELICIOUS, and like something I can do with our excess tons of basil...

We have a Tuesday night tradition with my grandparents: We alternate who hosts, plans, cooks, etc. each Tuesday and one week we will drive an hour down to their house, the next, they will drive the hour up to ours to enjoy dinner, company and a little Bible study afterwards. The kids love it because they get to play. The hubs loves it because we get to eat. I love it because one week I get to enjoy grandma's cooking (just like when I was a kid!), and the next I get to share something new with everyone!

You can contact me on my blog - link below - I also read your blog every time you post, so if you mention me, I'll contact you. :-)

Anonymous said...

Even though I had two working parents, we always had homecooked meals every night. And on holidays we had huge family gatherings of BBQ and whatever outdoor cooking we could do! Thank you!
sjue1@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

We always had family dinner around the table growing up & I continue that at my home! We'd LOVE to include more extended family on Sundays, but no one is really interested, unfortunately... my husband & kids love to pitch in & we often have neighbors! We'd LOVE to freshen up our ideas with this book!!!

-LadyG

Jen said...

We try to have supper at the table. We also go around and tell our favorite part of the day. We love pasta.

Tracey said...

I try to have my family eat at the table nightly. That is our time to go around the table and "tell me something about your day" ... that is the best part of the meal. Everyone pitches in from helping to cook, setting the table, and even cleaning up afterwards. Our family loves to make our own pizzas and taco's.

Thank you, looks like a great cookbook!

Tracey
dewey30_1999@yahoo.com

Hennifer said...

We do not have any traditions in my immediate family. As a single mom, working full-time, we do often eat together but it is the same boring things over and over again and I do most of it myself.

I love this idea of everyone chipping in, and at 6 and 11 my kids are old enough to do that.

This fall we wil have sports, music, homework and all 3 of us will be in school so I love this idea of aiming for a Sunday dinner together, at the table!

Melissa said...

Growing up, we almost always ate together, especially on Sunday. I have many great memories of those meals. Thank you for sharing this review... Looks like a wonderful cookbook! Thanks for the chance to win!

mia james said...

I've never tried these, but you make them look so good! I love your photos!
It makes me hungry just by looking at the dish. Yum!
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Sweet Cheeks Cakes said...

My favorite "get together and cook and eat" meal is Christmas breakfast. We all gather at my Mom's house and cook everything imaginable for breakfast. We eat, open gifts, then eat again. Then we nap and eat and watch parades and eat and nap and eat. Then we eat. :)

KB said...

With two girls in gymnastics, a boy in karate, all three involved in Scouts, and two parents who run half marathons and coach beginner runners, we value every moment of family time that we get. Dinner is often the only fleeting moments that everyone is together and seated! It may just be fast hotdogs, but it's a great time to sit down and find out what everyone is up to.

I love it when we all manage to be free on a Sunday afternoon/evening!! Still remember my mom cooking up roast beef and Yorkshire puddings!

Kaylene said...

Our favorie family meal has always been Saturday morning breakfast. My husband takes over the kitchen then and we all pitch in. He is so patient in letting the wee ones "help" make biscuts. Our entire family loves breakfast foods, so I am anxious to try the receipe with the bacon and eggs! Thank you for sharing and the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

I would love to start this tradition. No matter how busy your week may get to always know that come Sunday afternoon everyone you love is coming over to cook and then sit, share, and eat. Love it. There would be a lot of Italian food and Mexican and Greek and everything else. I love to try knew things.
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