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Menu by the Day

Is there a certain food that is associated with a particular day of the week for your menu planning? In a lot of homes where I grew up, Fridays always meant fish, because the Catholics observe the tradition of no meat on Fridays – just fish. Even the schools respected that tradition, the Friday public school lunch was always a fish fillet, with different starches and veggies throughout the month.

In my home now, I have made Wednesday night my “Italian Night.” That means some kind of pasta and some kind of sauce. I love Italian food and never seem to get tired of it. And there are so many variations of pastas that each call for a type of sauce that works best. This has gone way beyond the traditional spaghetti and meatballs that my mom used to cook two or three times a month. I like baked pastas, I like cream sauces as well as red sauces, and I use different meats, such as ground beef, ground sausage and chunks of chicken. And I love toasted garlic bread, too!

My grandparents always had a ham on Sundays for Sunday Dinner after church. In the summer they would have potato salad or macaroni salad for the starch and then other fresh vegetables from the garden. In the winter, my grandmother would make scalloped potatoes or macaroni and cheese instead of the salads, and the vegetables were either broccoli or canned green beans from her garden.

When my brother worked at a pizza place for a part time job in high school, he would bring leftover pizza home with him to share with the family. His biggest hauls were usually Saturday nights, so Sunday evening meant reheated pizzas for us.

How about you? Did your family have special meals on certain days of the week? I always love to learn about other people’s traditions. Please leave a comment and tell me what meals were special for you.

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