Weekend Special – Family Dinner

Ever have one of those weeks? The kind that leaves you just wanting to hang out at home. Other than a few chores, your most pressing plans are an easy hike, a best seller on the couch and a football game. And some family time. Lots of family time.

If it’s been a while since you all enjoyed a family dinner, why not gather around the table this weekend? And if your kids flew the nest long ago, you don’t need to wait until Thanksgiving to get together.

Not sure what to cook? Here are a few warm and comforting dishes to consider on a chilly fall weekend:

For a quick and easy Saturday night supper, try my Roasted Sausages with Caramelized Onions, Broccoli Rabe & Polenta (If the broccoli rabe is too bitter for your taste, switch it out with broccoli, escarole or spinach.) If you’ve got some marinara in your freezer (and even if you don’t), what family doesn’t love Chicken Parmigiana with Spaghetti Marinara. Just add a nice Caesar Salad. And if Saturday equals beans and franks, how about my Caribbean Black Beans with your favorite sausages hot off the grill (or grill pan). Round out the meal with a Crunchy Salad with Apples & Grapes.

For any or all of the above pass around the Root ‘n’ Tooty Good ‘n’ Fruity Oatmeal Cookies for a sweet finish.  

For Sunday dinner, stick with the classics. Dishes like Roast Pork with Apples & Onions, Carbonnade à la Flamande (the Belgian take on pot roast) or an old fashion Roast Chicken are sure to please. Add some Smashed Potatoes and Roasted Butternut Squash or Roasted Brussels Sprouts to complete your meal. Nana would be proud.

For dessert, stay with homey and enjoy a Rustic Apple Tart, Carrot Cake or Gingerbread.

Have a great weekend. Bon appétit!

P.S. In case you are interested … I will be reading from my short story – Murder on the Mountain – tonight in Concord, New Hampshire. I will be one of several authors and the readings start at 6:00. It all happens at the Barley House on North Main Street. I’d love to meet you in person. If you don’t like the stories, try the burgers.

What are your plans for this weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below.

Want more? Click Here! for more seasonal menus or Here! for a complete list of and links to all the recipes on this blog!

I invite you to take a minute to learn about my philanthropic project Eat Well-Do Good. © Susan W. Nye, 2012

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