Sunday “Family” Dinners

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Comfort food by Rob Garrard.  Photo by Brent Boyd.

Comfort food by Rob Garrard. Photo by Brent Boyd.

As a kid I remember a typical Sunday consisted of getting up, getting dressed for church (including my clip-on-tie), attending service and coming back to a home-cooked meal.  My mother got up much earlier than us kids to get Sunday dinner prepared in advance.  When we walked in the door, all she had to do was heat those brown-and-serve rolls.  It was warm…it was home.

I never realized how much I missed that time until I no longer lived with my parents.  My Sundays were replaced with meals out in local joints.  That fast food was dull in comparison to our family’s Sunday lunch.  It didn’t have the same passion and love.

But something changed when I got older—I met friends…wait, I met family.  No, I’m not saying they replace my real flesh and blood; but what I found were people who cared and wanted to be a part of my life.  We gather together to build a new tradition—one filled with laughter, joy, and of course, food.

Sometimes I catch myself worrying too much about how my food will taste, how it looks, or how much my guests enjoy themselves that I forget the human element of the meal.  That’s where these meals come in – no pomp, no circumstance, just close friends enjoying a dinner together.

What brought me to this epiphany?  An amazing homemade lasagna prepared by my good friend Rob this past Sunday.   It was a warm and comforting meal that made me feel…well, at home.

I encourage you to think about the people who you share a meal with and not just what or how it was prepared.  You are sharing a part of you, not just a recipe.

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4 Responses to “Sunday “Family” Dinners”

  1. judith Says:

    matthew,
    what a warm & fuzzy story. i share your memories of sunday dinners at mama’s house and brown & serve rolls…but they were the only foods not prepared from scratch. roast or fried chicken were our usually sunday fare…josh and jenn grew up with may-may’s sunday dinners as well…thanks for bringing to mind those special times.

  2. David Says:

    You should repay your Mother some of that love and invite her for Sunday dinner at least once a month.

  3. rhbulldawg Says:

    I have fond memories of Sunday dinners. The rest of the week was hectic but we were able to relax on Sundays and enjoy a great meal. It was the one time that everyone couuld sit around the table (TV OFF), and really feel like a family. I’m thankful that many of our friends continue this great tradition. Now BRING on the Lasagna!!!

  4. SUSU Says:

    MY MOM LOVED SUNDAYS…SHE WAS A GREAT COOK!!!.., SHE MAINLY LOVED JUST HAVING US ALL AT HER HOUSE…VISITING!!!…I REALLY MISS HER…BUT TREASURE THE MEMORIES…THANKS FOR REMINDING US ALL OF OUR MANY BLESSINGS…AND THE JOY THAT CAN BE SHARED BY SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY…AND THOSE THAT FEEL LIKE FAMILY…TAKE CARE…

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