When I was growing up, we never had the traditional Sunday dinner at Grandma s. But we did have Sunday breakfast after mass on a rotating schedule of my aunts and uncles houses. I haven’t thought about it for years but remember it in detail.
The first Sunday of the month was at Aunt Honey s, who would make a traditional breakfast of bacon and/or ham, fried and scrambled eggs, home fries, toast and juice. Occasionally, she d make what is still called farmers breakfast or country eggs in diners. A big panful of fried ham, potatoes, onions (and sometimes green peppers) with a bunch of beaten eggs poured over it and cooked. I guess it s really a frittata but never heard that term then. That was my favorite week because she d always set up a table for us kids in the living room so we could watch the Bertie the Bunyip show.
Next week was our house, where my mom would serve scrapple and sausage, French toast or pancakes with a variety of syrups and a big crystal bowl of mixed fruit cup. Children got French toast cut into animal shapes (we still have bunny FT every Easter morning).
The third week was when my bachelor Uncle Donnie cooked at my grandparents house because his apartment was too small to accommodate all of us. He d make some gourmet surprise like Eggs Benedict, quiche, or omelets that I suspect were morning after breakfast recipes from Playboy magazine. That was the only week alcohol was served Bloody Marys or Mimosas or some other AM cocktail.
Week four was Aunt Nancy s turn. She made dried beef gravy and hers was great! She served it over toast with fried potatoes on the side or vice versa. I like mine (and still do) on the potatoes with toast on the side. Once in a while, she d make mashed potatoes and we d have the creamed chipped beef in a MP crater. She also would make miniature sized muffins or sticky buns as an appetizer while we were waiting for the potatoes to cook, because she made raw fries rather than home fries .
If there were 5 Sundays in the month, we d all go out for breakfast at a diner on that Sunday.