It seems that fall is new cookbook season. So far I have been asked to review 10 cookbooks, I’ve agreed to review 5 of them and I’ve received one in the mail unsolicited and I’ll probably review that one in the new year, because it is all about cake! The difficult part about reviewing a cookbook is that we are a family of picky eaters. One of my goals in reviewing a cookbook is to make a recipe from the book, as is, with no substitutions. Sometimes that gets very difficult, which is what happened .with Sunday Suppers.
About Sunday Suppers: Simple Delicious Menus for Family Gatherings
In the South, relaxing Sunday afternoons regularly drift into laid-back, informal Sunday suppers. These evening gatherings are sometimes a full meal, sometimes a soup and sandwich, but they are always all about family.
Sunday Suppers: Simple, Delicious Menus for Family Gatherings (Oxmoor House, November 7, 2017, $27.99) by James Beard Award-winning author Cynthia Graubart is new full-color cookbook that will revitalize the iconic Southern Sunday meal, inspired by suppers of the past and present.
Whether the plan is a small family gathering, a feast for a crowd, or a summer afternoon cookout, readers will find 52 inspired menus with classic Southern flair for a year of Sunday suppers, including:
• Fall Chicken Casserole, Fresh Herb Spoon Rolls, and Tart Cherry Crisp (page 26)
• Slow-Cooker Pork, Baked Macaroni and Cheese, and White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (page 66)
• Lemon Grilled Salmon, Roasted Carrots with Avocado and Feta Vinaigrette, and Vanilla-Buttermilk Tarts (page 100)
• And much more!
Mom Maven’s Thoughts on Sunday Suppers
As I perused Sunday Suppers, I loved how it wasn’t just recipes but menus of an entree, dessert, and a side dish. I also realized that if this is how families do Sunday Dinners in the south, Florida surely isn’t the south. For our family, Sunday mornings are very busy. We all serve in leadership at church. Ron is the head A/V tech and I am a Kids Ministry leader at RiverLife Church and Jordan is the Technical Director at Woodland Community Church. This means we are all serving from 8am-12:30pm every week. As Ron and I are leaving church we call and order pizza. We pick up the pizza on our way home, eat the pizza and take a 2-3 hour nap. Sunday evenings are usually snack suppers or leftovers, I don’t cook on Sunday.
As I looked through this cookbook I was looking for an entree my picky family would eat, and I found 2; Spice-Rubbed Rib-Eye Steaks, and Herb-and-Potato-Chip-Crusted Beef Tenderloin. Since I recently shared my personal steak rub recipe, I opted to try the beef tenderloin recipe. Well, that is until Ron went grocery shopping and realized that a 4-5 pound beef tenderloin at $17 per pound was way out of our budget! So we went back to the Spice-Rubbed Rib-Eye Steaks which were on sale for $7.99 a pound.
- 2½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 TBS dried thyme
- 1½ tsp salt
- 4½ tsp garlic powder
- 1½ tsp lemon pepper
- 1½ tsp ground red pepper
- 1½ tsp dried parsley flakes
- 6 1½" thick rib-eye steaks
- 3 TBS olive oil
- Combine the first 7 ingredients.
- Brush steaks with oil; rub with pepper mixture.
- Cover and chill 1 hour.
- Preheat grill to medium-high (350°-400° F) heat.
- Grill, covered with grill id, 8 to 10 minutes on each side or to desired degree of doneness.
For us, this recipe added heat but no real flavor to the steaks. We prefer my recipe over this one, your taste buds may disagree. I hope you enjoy this recipe and all of the easy recipes I share here on The Mom Maven. I hope you share them on your social networks. I just ask that you not copy and share the entire recipe with photos. Please use the sharing buttons below and share the link to this post. Thanks!