Ideas For Cooking A Special Sunday Dinner For Your Family or Pot-Luck Gathering
Have you ever noticed that anytime there is a family gathering, or a pot-luck event, person after person will walk in with store purchased fried chicken? I cannot lie, I too have brought in store bought fried chicken to a special gathering. In my case, the reason for my fried chicken offering was a lack of time. Other reason folks might bring the old fried chicken stand-by is a lack of planning, or lack of ideas. It seems that not matter where you travel in the country for a special gathering, store bought fried chicken is always on the table.
Now don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with this of course. One of my favorite meals is fried chicken served with a side of creamy macaroni and cheese, and a biscuit. The thing is, there are so many great recipes available for a Sunday, that it seems odd that so many people would resort to this tired old tradition instead of mixing things up with a spicy taco casserole or sweetening the deal with a delightfully delicious and simple to make yummy dessert.
Sunday dinners or special gatherings obviously aren't the only time when cooking a casserole or making a nice dessert is a good decision for the day. These alternate choices are, however, the most common offerings I remember from my childhood, which is why I often refer to them. There are also 'pitch ins' at work that require a contribution and these are an excellent opportunity to make coworkers envy your culinary talents. Even for those who are health conscious however, there are many wonderful types of salads that can be prepared for special occasions that will provide you with a guilt free entrée at the event for which you are preparing your offering.
You do not have to choose high calorie or fat filled dishes for your Sunday dinner cooking. In fact, when you are doing the cooking you should cook the things you enjoy eating. Most of us are much more likely to put our best efforts into preparing the foods we enjoy rather than those that feel as though they are a chore for us to make. The same holds true when cooking for potlucks and such. Just be careful that you do not prepare the exact same dish every time or people will think that it is the only dish you can prepare. Although, if you have a specialty dish that is always a hit with the crowd, you may be asked to make it time and time again!
I recommend checking out casserole recipes online and in your favorite magazines. Even magazines that offer healthier eating options often have a casserole, large salad, or even a healthy dessert you can prepare for these events. My personal solution has always been to collect and write recipes on index cards over time that I would like to try out and use the potluck audience as my recipe guinea pigs. This way if my family or I do not like it, we won't be stuck with leftovers for a week and if we do like it, we can put it into our rotation of recipes for use at home.
Sunday dinner cooking doesn't have to be nearly as stressful as many of us make it out to be. Many wonderful crock-pot recipes can actually be prepared while you sleep. Simply load up your slow cooker with the proper ingredients and turn it on before turning in for the night. You will awaken to the wonderful aroma of whatever delightful dish you have prepared and still manage to get ready for the special occasion record time. This tried and true technique is a great way to make Sunday dinner cooking quick and easy.
Even if you are one of those people who has very limited culinary skills or talents, it is quite possible to wow your friends, relatives, and co-workers with a 'simple to make' recipe. Again, desserts are by far the best way to proceed with this effort which can be made the night before (in many cases) and stored in the refrigerator. Desserts are almost always a good bet and very few people ever complain about them regardless of the occasion. The Kraft foods website offers some fabulous, easy to make and delicious desserts, or tasty casseroles if you are in need. The next time it is your turn to join in on the potluck preparation or Sunday meal preparation, don't resort to fried chicken. Dish up something that will truly make it your time to shine!
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