Momma Can Cook – Family Dinner

Growing up, we ate dinner at the table as a family every night. Plates were set in front of us. Food was on the table in a “serve yourself style”, but you better NOT touch it until grace was said. After the “please pass the’s” were finished, we talked about our day, or if you were a kid, you listened. This is where the best family gossip was passed along. As a nosy an inquisitive child, that was my favorite part.

Our meals were never fancy. The plates, glasses, and cutlery were a mish mash of items that had been picked up or handed down through the years. The food was Southern, home-cooked, and sometimes home-grown. Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, peas, pork roast, rice with gravy, fresh yeast rolls or biscuits, creamed corn, collard greens, beans and rice, fresh-sliced tomatoes (which I never ate, still don’t)… These were the foods that graced the table of my childhood. Many of them are still my favorites today.

Now, I tend to prepare things that are quicker and use more convenience items than my mom and grandmother did, but we still sit at the table. We still say grace (although I haven’t mastered the art of teaching my kids not to touch their food first). We still talk about our days, but there seems to be more listening by the grown-ups now than when I was a child. And sometimes, on a Sunday, I will make one of those meals from my childhood.

Momma Can Cook - Family dinner is important.

I was thinking about family dinner and how it is important to me, how I love those home-cooked meals I grew up with. I decided I wanted to share them with all of you. AND I wanted you to share yours with me. Starting today I am kicking off a new weekly series called “Momma Can Cook”. I will be sharing some of my favorite recipes and/or meals that either I loved as a child or that my children love now. I will also be hosting guests who will share some of their favorite recipes.

Momma Can Cook

This week I want to share one of my favorite meals: Pork Roast with Rice and Gravy and Fresh Purple Hull Peas. I don’t have a recipe so much as a way I do it, but here you go:

1. Buy a nice pork roast in a size that will feed your family. Put it in a pan with a little bit of seasoning, it doesn’t need a lot. Stick that in an oven set at 350 and let it cook until done.

2. Put your fresh peas in a pan with a slice or two of bacon and set those to simmering on the stove. Fresh peas (or frozen) need to cook longer than canned, and cooking them for awhile won’t hurt them so you can start those about an hour after you put your roast in the oven.

3. Put a cup of rice in a microwave safe bowl, cover with two cups of water, and stick that in the microwave. Mine has a special button that senses when the rice is done so I have no idea how long it takes to cook. I’m sure you can do a search and find it somewhere.

4. When the roast is done pull that puppy out of the oven and set it on a plate to start to cool.

5. Take a pan and put it over medium heat. Add two tablespoons of oil and two tablespoons of flour. Stir that up and cook until brown, stirring often so it doesn’t burn. When it is nice and light brown, pour those drippings from your roast right into the pan and stir, stir, stir. Add some water if you want to thin out your gravy.

6. Serve that up and watch your family dig in.

What was your favorite meal growing up?

I am still looking for people to share a favorite recipe either from when they were a child or one that their kids love now. If interested, leave me a comment or send me an email, and I will add you to the list.


  1. says

    We did not eat American food growing up. My parents were adventurous, and we didn’t have a lot of money for groceries so they often did the Asian stir-fry that had lots of rice and veggies and was low on meat. We ate lots of Indian food too. But I love to cook and eat, and I love my parents’ cooking too. It’s nice having someone prepare the meal for you.
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  2. says

    My favorite was my mother’s fried chicken wings. I also loved my grandmother’s steamed egg, very Chinese dish. I love the idea of this new series!

  3. says

    A favorite of mine was my step mom’s Sloppy Joes. She made them from scratch – no McCormick’s packet! She would make those and then cut up real potatoes for homemade fries. We always had Mac & Cheese with that meal too. Basically, it was the perfect kid meal! Great memories :)
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  4. Leisa says

    I want to do this!!! But you have to give me a better idea on time for the roast. “Till it is done” is a recipe for disaster for me. The only meat we eat is done in the crockpot, so I’m afraid I will ruin it. Help.