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Old 02-21-2011, 05:53 AM   #11
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Oh, a ham is a great idea. Will put it in my little gray cells for future reference.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:30 AM   #12
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My Mom always has cooked a ham. I usually smoke brisket or pulled pork and buy bread, paper plates, napkins, etc.

Lasagna is a great idea.

BTW, great thread, Claire!
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:40 AM   #13
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Those of you who know me have figured out that I always seem to have a story. Well here is one. I love all of the ideas here. When I was one of those "in need" friends, I was so pleased to see all of the meals people came up with. One of my children (back in 1995) was on chemotherapy for cancer for a year. The first month after his dx, the Cub Scout troop that he belonged to organized a meal drop-off. They all signed up and made sure to bring something different every night for a month! (actually it was more like six weeks). The leftovers in the freezer lasted even longer! Anyway...my favorites were lasagna (or anything Italian), ham, crockpot dinners, and chicken. Being as the child going through the chemo was an 8 year old, one man called and asked for our order for take out pizza. Then he asked what my son wanted to drink, have for desert, etc. After the phone call he went and collected the take-out goodies and brought them along with a gift and balloons to the house and presented them to our son. Even though it was not "home made," his thoughtfullness will never be forgotten. And to top it off, it was a new family to the troop, and didn't know us yet. I guess my point in telling you this is that the fact that you are putting so much thought into this is beautiful, and people who receive your gifts are blessed indeed. So nice to be with such thoughtful people.
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:13 PM   #14
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chopper, what a great story! I'm really enjoying this thread too. I'm getting lots of good ideas for the next time I need to share a meal.

I'm quite interested in the layers of chicken and dressing. Can you describe this a little better please?
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:18 PM   #15
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I grew where food was one of the things you did to comfort those who had suffered a loss/set back. When a friend delivered a preemie baby, she said that one of the best things was the meals that were dropped off. I take a meal to friends who've had babies, suffered a loss, have s/one in the hospital, have lost a job. Food is always good. We organized a "meals on wheels" for a friend whose husband underwent a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, he passed away, but she appreciated the food. I know I've appreciated a meal when I've been going through a rough patch.
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Old 02-21-2011, 04:11 PM   #16
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Good story, Chopper. Hope your child is doing well.

I have a funny story. An older friend of mine (in her 70s at the time) was going in for hip replacement, and I'd told her I'd bring some food. Well, my own mother got very sick and I left the state for a month or so. I completely forgot about this friend's surgery. When Mom recovered and I got home, I called her to apologize. Asked if there was anything I could do.

Are you ready for this? Her answer was to plant flowers on her departed husband's grave. SO .... for missing my turn at making her dinner, I now have taken her to the cemetary every year since (easily 6 years now) and planted a little garden (under her supervision, of course) for poor, dearly departed George. Who, I might add, I never met.

The meal would have been easier! Now mutual friends query me in a very puzzled tone, "Why to you take care of George's grave? You never met him, did you?
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Old 02-21-2011, 04:33 PM   #17
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Great story Claire! You truly are the definition of friendship! I am thinking a lasagna would have been easier.

I guess I should have mentioned that my dear son is a cancer survivor. He will be 25 years old this fall, and I thank God for his life on a regular basis. It was a long year, and I took many meals to other families during that year who lost their children. We are truly blessed in our family. Even though we still call 1995 the year from h***, we have some good memories that year, and a wonderful young man to show for it.
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Old 02-21-2011, 04:48 PM   #18
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Glad to hear your son is doing so well! And, yes, a lasagna would have one heck of a sight easier than the grave! (I .like to cook, don't like to garden!). A few years ago my husband started to come with me because when I'd go by myself, this friend would add on other gardening chores. With hubby she's not as bold as to ask for more favors! So now it is sort of a community joke.
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I like to take "Forgotten Chicken" to friends at times of need. It is an easy chicken and rice dish that is put in the oven and forgotten for 2 hours. If they aren't sure when they will eat it, I take it over for them to stick into the oven at the appropriate time. If it is someone who usually cooks a lot, and is going through a tough time, they may feel needed if they have the option to put it in the oven without the fuss of preparing it first.
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