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Old 02-19-2011, 09:43 PM   #1
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Comfort food for friends in need

I don't know where to put it, but here it goes:

What is your "go to" meal for bringing a dish to a friend in need? I have a dear friend who just came home from the hospital with a bizarre disease. I went out yesterday and bought all the ingredients for a big lasagna (she has 5 adult "children" and many grands), and remember doing it a number of years ago and everyone loved it. So when I get up in the A.M., I'll start in on it. I like it because it heats and re-heats and freezes and refrigerates so well. Cut it up and you can nuke an individual serving. Her husband or daughers/sons can throw the entire thing in the oven and have dinner for a dozen.

What do you do for this kind of thing?

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Old 02-19-2011, 10:15 PM   #2
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My mother and grandmother always took an apple cake. Unfortunately, my mother cannot remember the recipe and my grandmother is long gone.

I've taken foil-wrapped sandwich loaves that can be eaten hot or cold. They are easy to make and wait easily, and they are basically a meal in themselves. Here is my recipe for them.

For each sandwich, split a round loaf of sourdough bread and hollow it out a bit. Brush each cut half of the round with a bit of Italian dressing. (You do not want this to be soggy, so go lightly.) On the bottom of the sourdough round, layer thin layers of sliced turkey, spinach, tomatoes, onions, cucumber slices, and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Top with the top of the round and wrap tightly in foil. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (around 177 degrees Celsius) for 45 minutes. Serve hot or cold sliced in wedges.

I also use this for picnics, long trips, etc. The key is to make all of the layers thin.
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Old 02-19-2011, 11:04 PM   #3
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Kath, it sounds a lot like a mufaletta. Great idea, I'll remember it in the future!
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Old 02-19-2011, 11:06 PM   #4
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I love to do a chicken pot pie. Easier to transport than soup. Chicken and noodle casserole, too!
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Old 02-19-2011, 11:14 PM   #5
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Old 02-19-2011, 11:24 PM   #6
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I do many different things, but usually some form of casserole. I often do spaghetti and bring a loaf of french bread along.

Kathleen I have a nice little apple cake recipe if you want it. There's a French Apple cake on here too that is killer.
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Old 02-20-2011, 02:19 PM   #7
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Beef stew (friends call it my "condolances" beef stew)
Chicken soup
Chocolate cake
baked ham
lasgagne

I usually add homemade rolls/biscuits, tossed salad.

A friend always makes mac and cheese. Another makes meatloaf.
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Old 02-20-2011, 02:26 PM   #8
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It could be a type of mufaletta. Where I grew up, it was usually called a sandwich loaf. I've also heard it called a picnic loaf. I used to make it for car trips. I love it as it is so forgiving.

Alix, I would love the apple cake recipe!
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Old 02-20-2011, 03:23 PM   #9
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Chicken and dressing, layered with gravy, casserole style; tossed salad (2 dressings, general ranch and one extra yummy homemade); EagleBrand milk cherry cheesecake.

I make a lot of different stuff, especially if I know the food preferences of the recipients, but that one is my fall back.

An amazing woman I know has her whole "condolences" meal in her pantry at all times; when she makes it up for someone, she replaces the ingredients.
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Old 02-20-2011, 10:17 PM   #10
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Ham - can be used for sandwiches later, mac/cheese, and lots of chocolate.
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