January is a special month for me. It resembles the start to a new year and I will always remember the first #SundaySupper we hosted on January 8, 2012. It all started with a progressive dinner and there were eight of us excited to participate in a fun joint venture. I was on a high because I had tweeted Mario Batali and he had tweeted an entire #SundaySupper menu . Just the thought that Mario Batali would respond to a tweet blew my mind, never mind an entire Sunday Supper.
They say a journey starts with that first step and although I have known this, I never imagined that step would turn into a journey that could change the path to the future. On that Sunday afternoon in January, I realized I wanted to grow my passion for bringing families together around the dinner table. It felt so good to plan a menu with other bloggers instead of writing alone and I knew I wanted to grow a community.
The last four years have been — Exciting. Scary. Fun. Emotional. Rewarding. Challenging. And everything else in between. I have grown, I have learned and most of all I cherish each encounter, each new blogger who joins our community and each partner we welcome around the Sunday Supper family table. Cherish is my word for 2015 because I have grown to understand that time is precious. Cherish relationships in business, with our children, with my parents, with our community or with our followers. Special moments are precious and should be cherished.
Thank you for all your support. I could have stayed in 2015 for the rest of my life and been content. It was one of the most rewarding and exciting years for me. It’s time to turn the page to 2016 and we are excited to kick it off with our month-long celebration of National Sunday Supper Month along with National Sunday Supper Day on Jan. 10. We want to challenge families to take the Sunday Supper pledge and to join our daily Instagram challenge. Instead of focusing on diet this year, let’s make 2016 the year we focus on family time around the family table!
In honor of that first #SundaySupper four years ago and Mario Batali, I am sharing a super easy Portuguese recipe that my family loves. It is one of those one pot recipes that came be made for Sunday Supper and reheated for a quick Weekday Supper meal. I thought it was appropriate for this month’s Sunday Supper pledge because it is a no frills kind of meal that is packed with flavor.
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 chicken thighs
- 1 small chorizo link, sliced into thin rounds
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups baby carrots
- 3 pounds fingerling potatoes, washed and scrubbed or 10 yukon gold potatoes cut into quarters
- 6 oz can tomato sauce
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 1 tablespoon rosemary, chopped fine
- salt and pepper to taste
- additional rosemary to garnish
- Sprinkle the chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
- Heat 4 tablespoons olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
- Brown the chicken on all sides.
- Remove to a plate when well browned.
- Add the chorizo and cook until crisp.
- Add the onion, garlic, carrots and potatoes to the dutch oven and cook until softened, 7 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add tomato sauce, chicken broth, bay leaves, rosemary and the cooked chicken to the pot.
- Cover and simmer on low for approximately 1 hour.
- Serve immediately with crusty bread.
- This can also be made ahead and reheats perfectly the following night.
I couldn’t imagine a better crew to celebrate this exciting anniversary than with these amazing Sunday Supper Tastemakers. Check out these family favorite recipes and join us Sunday at 7pm ET for this special Twitter PartyAppetizers and Soups
- Borscht from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls from Wallflour Girl
- Cheesy Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms from Runner’s Tales
- Creamy Zucchini Soup from Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen
- Garlic Chili Tiger Prawns from Food Lust People Love
- Honey Bacon Ranch Boneless Chicken Wings from From Gate to Plate
- Lion’s Head Meatball Soup from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- New England Seafood Chowder from Curious Cuisiniere
- Potato and Carrot Leek Soup from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Steve’s Crab Dip from Monica’s Table
- Almond Breaded Pork Chops from Casa de Crews
- Bourbon Glazed Porkchops from Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Cauliflower Tetrazzini with Poblano Peppers from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Chicken Pot Pie from Feeding Big and more
- Cranberry Mustard Pork Chop Skillet Dinner from Momma’s Meals
- Fideua (Catalan Pasta Paella) from Caroline’s Cooking
- French-Inspired Macaroni and Cheese from MyGourmetConnection
- Grandma’s Fried Chicken from The Freshman Cook
- Gluten Free Buffalo Quinoa Vegetable Bowls from Fearless Dining
- Huevos Rancheros from Palatable Pastime
- Indian Spiced Roast Salmon from Soni’s Food
- Italian Style Swiss Chard and Beans with Orecchietti Pasta from Delaware Girl Eats
- Korean Spicy Braised Mackerel from kimchi MOM
- Larb Gai (Spicy Thai Chicken Salad) from Rhubarb and Honey
- Mediterranean Flatbread from Magnolia Days
- Mustard-Crusted Pork Roast from Sew You Think You Can Cook
- New York Strip Roast Dinner from Gluten Free Crumbley
- Red Wine-Mushroom Braised Beef from The Crumby Cupcake
- Rustic Portuguese Chicken Stew from Family Foodie
- Sausage & Pasta in a Quick Tomato Sauce from The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine
- Savory Ham, Cheese and Sage Waffles from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Shrimp and Asparagus Crepes from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Simple, Healthy, Light and Lemony Fettuccine from MidLife Road Trip
- Simple Roast Chicken from Get the Good Stuff
- Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Soup from Food Done Light
- Smoked Mozzarella and Sausage Pizza from Confessions of a Cooking Diva
- Smothered Pork Chops from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Spinach Spätzli with Sage and Speck from Tara’s Multicultural Table
- Turkey Cutlets with Sausage Stuffing from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Ultimate Mac and Cheese from Our Good Life
- Vegan Mexican Rice and Lentils from PancakeWarriors
- Ziti with Porcini Bolognese Sauce from Cooking Chat
- Gramma Buckholt’s Yeast Rolls from The Weekend Gourmet
- Lager and Rye Bread from What Smells So Good?
- Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower from Nosh My Way
- Sweet Potato Crescent Rolls from Wholistic Woman
- Winter Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Bacon Buttermilk Biscuit with Chocolate Gravy from Brunch-N-Bites
- Caramel Apple Rice Krispies Treats from Pies and Plots
- Chocolate Cupcakes with Kahlua Buttercream Frosting from Flour On My Face
- Chocolate Hazelnut Tart from Taste And See
- Death by Chocolate from Desserts Required
- Fudge Frosted Brownies from Party Food and Entertaining
- Gluten Free Tropical Banana Pineapple Coconut Muffins from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Layered Mousse Cake from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Peanut Butter Cup Flourless Chocolate Cake Roll from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Pistachio Macaron with Apricot Ganache from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Take the Sunday Supper Month Pledge plus Family Friendly Recipes from Sunday Supper Movement
Help us celebrate National Sunday Supper Month by entering the Idaho® Potato Let’s Poutine recipe contest, sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission, with prizes of $500, $200 and $100, plus a ticket for each winner to Food and Wine Conference 2016. All the rules and conditions for entry can be found on our Sunday Supper Movement website.
Join the #SundaySupper conversation on Twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat.
To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.
Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.