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Old 12-23-2011, 06:45 PM   #1
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Dish that you serve on a certain night? No matter what? Example; In Boston, beans and cod fishcakes were served every Saturday night for years. Wednesday was always pasta night. And Friday was always fish night. These traditions have gone on the wayside. But there are still some diehards. Sunday for Italians is now pasta day for the whole family. Everyone heads to Mama's house. Absolute mayhem in some homes.
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Old 12-23-2011, 07:29 PM   #2
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Saturday nights in our home when I was a kid in Boston was for hot dogs and beans. Sundays were almost always roast chicken and pilaf.

Now, we don't really have specific dishes linked to days of the week. Special holiday meals are another story.
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Old 12-23-2011, 07:35 PM   #3
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Friday night is usually Pizza night. But, not always the same pizza. I try and make some version of pizza. Home made crust, bisquik crust, deep dish, calzone, panzerotti, take out, pita pizza, you name it. As long as it has a pizza theme...
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Old 12-23-2011, 07:44 PM   #4
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For us when I was growing up, Saturday night was always taco night and that usually held true raising my own family too. Now I still often make taco's on Sat. night........always the way Mama made them, by frying the corn tortilla's in oil. None of those store bought shells for me!
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:38 PM   #5
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by frying the corn tortilla's in oil.

I will sometimes buy a package of them and fry them in butter, then put cheese on top and let it melt.
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:02 PM   #6
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I learned how to cook to avoid having the same meals all the time. Growing up we had chicken night, salad night, pancake night, tamale pie night, chicken night, waffle night and ham night. The protein was scarce and the repetition made me crazy. I learned how to make lots of other dishes with hamburger, chicken, tuna and ham.
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:41 PM   #7
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We don't, but when I was a kid, for a period of time, Dad came home on Thursday afternoons, and left on Saturday. He'd be starving when he got home, and the best bargain meal would be New England boiled dinner made with meaty beef stew bones, the kind with marrow. It sort of became a tradition. Since Fridays were the only really nice meals with Daddy at home, Mom decided to heck with fish on Fridays, and that was what would normally be our big Sunday dinner. That wasn't for long, but the Thursday boiled dinners kind of stuck with us for years. The only time we observed Fish on Fridays after that were during lent, and then it was fish-sticks and French fries! I hated fish, but in retrospect I realize why. When my parents were going out, it was often frozen (Swanson, I think) pot pies, again with French fries (the frozen kind that you do in the oven). When Dad pulled duties, we'd often have fried rice, because he hated (why am I saying this in past tense, he still dislikes) rice. Ironically, he loves sushi. Go figger.
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When I was a kid it was the Swedish tradition of split pea soup, then pancakes for dessert on Thursdays.
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Old 12-24-2011, 04:42 AM   #9
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For our family it was always baked beans with cod fish cakes on Saturday. The beans were made in a large bean pot and took aly to make. Then on Monday, I always had bean sandwiches for school along with all my school mates. On Sunday, it was a New England boiled dinner with a smoked shoulder.

We also had cream cod fish on July 4th. I think that was because the Natives taught the Pilgrims how to use the cod to stay alive and for fertilizer for their crops. The cod fish is what saved them that first winter. We even have a large cod hanging in the State House.

We also had red flannel hash at least once a week. It was made with the meat and veggies from Sunday dinner. The red part was beets that my mother would grind up along with everything else.

The other meal we had on a regular basis was corn chowder with oysterete crackers. Again, in reference to the Natives. My grandfather was a full blooded Pasamaqoddy Indian from Maine. His family moved to Nova Scotia, then down to Massachusetts.

These are still meals that I make for myself. All my kids make them also. Or they ask me to make them for their house. Nothing like Mama's touch.
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:21 AM   #10
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When I was in my tween and teen years it seems like each nights menu was set in stone not just for us but, for every house in town. I think it was partially due to the fact that everyone shopped in the same little IGA market that was run by a nice Scottish couple. She was the cashier and he was the meat man. He looked sort of like Mr. Whipple from the Charmin commercials. He pretty much determined the menu for the whole town. He and his wife looked out for the folks in town and if nothing else everyone ate well. If you or your family were having a tough time they knew it and sometimes your bill would get lost or an extra package of meat and a bag of candy would turn up in your box of groceries. I remember one Thanksgiving a new family had moved to town. They shopped in the nearby city and did not patronize our local store. Thanksgiving morning they opened the "city" turkey and found that it had spoiled. The lady was very upset and she called one of our neighbors, who in turn called everyone else. My mom called the grocer to see if he might have an extra bird. He did and he went in and opened the store so the lady could get her turkey. From that day forward she made a point of buying at least some of her groceries in the little IGA.

The one tradition from childhood that I do continue is that of having a feast day at least once a week. Growing up it was a big Sunday dinner and the leftovers were the foundation of other meals during the week. I still tend to follow that pattern especially in the winter months.
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