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Catholic Recipe: Summer Sunday Dinner (Sample Menu)

    INGREDIENTS

  • Broiled Steak
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Spaghetti Parmesan (see recipe)
  • Scallions
  • Radishes
  • Cucumber Sticks
  • Black Olives
  • Lemon Sherbet
  • Chocolate Cookies
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Of all the days in the week, Sunday is the one when families should be able to be together to enjoy the leisure hours. Saturday hustles and bustles. There's shopping to do, an appointment at the hairdressers, a ball game, lawn mowing, hedge clipping, gardening, repairs around the house, and other odd jobs in their season. But on Sundays, after Mass, the family — all but Mother — can be together. Why not Mother? Because all too often she is isolated in the kitchen, cooking up a big Sunday dinner for the family's enjoyment. Then when the dinner is finally served, she is usually too tired to have any appetite or any pleasure in it.

With a simple change or two in the schedule, and some thinking in the way of menu planning, Mother can be free to enjoy life too.

The schedule depends on the hour when the family attends Mass. If everyone likes to sleep a little later than usual and attend Mass at ten or eleven o'clock, only two meals are necessary — a hearty late breakfast and dinner at the accustomed hour. If church going is earlier, there will be a light breakfast, a snack at lunchtime, and dinner as usual. In the latter instance, it is even more important to plan an easy dinner.

With all the so-called convenience foods — frozen, canned, semi-prepared, and ready to heat and serve — at her disposal, Mother can really enjoy her Sundays with her family.

DIRECTIONS

Preparation Notes Buy your choice of tender steak — a big sirloin or individual club steaks.

Shuck the corn and remove silk just before plunging it into boiling water. When the water comes to a boil again, count 5 to 7 minutes — not a bit longer — for young, tender ears. If the corn is not as young as it might be, add a teaspoons or so of sugar to the cooking water.

The raw relishes take only a moment, but they can be prepared the day before if you wish and stored in plastic bags in the crisper.

Buy the lemon sherbet and cookies.

Recipe Source: Cook's Blessings, The by Demetria Taylor, Random House, New York, 1965
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