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For the past nine years, Sunday night dinners have been a staple at my mom’s house in Sacramento. On any given Sunday, rain or shine, about a dozen family and friends (which are more like family) gather to eat my mom’s great cooking. We talk, watch a sporting event on TV, play board games and even play baseball or soccer on the front lawn. Whether living in Chico, like I am now or when I was living in the Bay Area, I try to make as many Sunday dinners as I can.

To say my mom loves cooking is an understatement. She has no qualms trying a new recipe on us, as we are willing guinea pigs and 10 out of 10 times, she hits it out of the park. Now, over the years, she has amassed a collection of cookbooks, magazines, and recipes she has used on us. This collection would make the Culinary Institute of America weep with pride. This Kraft Philadelphia 3 in 1 cookbook found at Bed Bath & Beyond might give her some new ideas. So what’s another cookbook to add to her collection? She does read and use them.

4144680-800During the summer months in Sacramento, it can get hot. So most of our summer Sunday night dinners consist of something you can grill. BBQ ribs are my mom’s specialty. They are finger-lickin’, fall of the bone good. She starts with a dry rub similar the Olde Thompson BBQ Seasoning Grinder Trio that you can find at Costco. After sitting in the dry rub for 24 hours, she throws them on her Weber Summit Grill from Lowes and bastes with BBQ sauce. I found this Rufus Teague Whiskey Maple BBQ Sauce at World Market that she could use next time.

No Sunday dinner would be complete without a beverage to wash it down with, a side dish or two and a dessert. For the adults, the beverage of choice for is wine. In my family, we do not discriminate against our varietals and joining a wine club like this one from Williams-Sonoma is a great way to try new wines. Side dishes are anything from baked beans, roasted vegetables on the grill to a variety of different salads. 6824746-800

Dessert for us is simple. Either Popsicles for the kids (and sometimes the adults) to home baked cookies, such as the vanilla sugar cookie mix from Williams-Sonoma. Try topping the cookies with Williams-Sonoma caramel sauce.  Yummy!

Sunday family dinners do not have to be complicated. The most important thing about our Sunday dinners is being together spending and enjoying each other’s company. So whether it’s a Sunday, Monday or Friday, call your family and friends over for dinner and let the Find&Save website or apps assist you in planning your dinner. Use it to help save money and time. Time you can spend with your family and friends.

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