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Jan 28, 2005 09:40 AM

what to cook for new neighbors?

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We have new neighbors moving in on Tuesday and I want to make something for them. Any ideas?

We live in a funky 150 year old building and they are moving in downstairs, so I would like to get our relationship off to a good start :-)

What would you like someone to bring you after you move in?

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  1. Macaroni & Cheese, Salad, Brownies.

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    1. re: Funwithfood

      We had to live in a motel for a while when our son was born very early and kept in the hospital ... the nicest thing someone brought us was a basket filled with different cheeses,crackers,fruit,nuts and bottled drinks. It was great tohave somenibbles around when you are just too tired for "food".

    2. Well, the traditional welcome is: salt, bread and wine.

      And you never know with the expanding universe of food restrictions these days. So I would consider a vegetable-bean kind of soup, with sides of whole grain bread and a nice chunk of fine firm or hard cheese (Parmigiano-Reggiano, Gruyere, Comte, et cet) that can be grated to garnish the soup if they like (or not if they don't). This kind of soup also keeps and reheats well.

      1. I bring a variety of things to friends and neighbors for various baby, new neighbor, sickness, etc. One rule I have...I search garage sales for pans and containers(cheapest route) or else buy the plastic disposables. It's so hard to return pans and containers. Usually food is given at times when there's enough stress already w/o having to worry about whose pan is whose. I make it crystal clear that I don't want the containers back.

        1. I usually make lasagne or a big pot of soup. Another thing that people love is to bake a few marinated pork tenderloins, slice and serve with hard french rolls and a mustard sauce. They can make sandwiches or warm up the meat with the sauce. I serve any of the above with a salad, a small container of homemade dressing and croutons, bread and brownies or cookies. I'm sure they would be happy with anything!

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          1. re: Erin

            I'd be careful about bringing meat to strangers. So many people don't eat it these days. Of course they'd still appreciate the thought (and the salad and dessert), but veggie lasagna or bean soup would probably be a safer bet.

            1. re: spa

              unless they are meat eaters and avoiding simple carbs

          2. if so- do you have a recipe....

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            1. re: edinaeats

              I always make a batch whenever I have bunch of extra sauce, as my husband loves it and it's my least favorite pasta, so I don't eat much. It's not really a recipe. Just cook a lb of ziti (or if you want to make a lot, adding a lb of rigatoni or different shaped pasta also is nice), lots of sauce, a lb or two of ricotta, lb of grated mozz, mix all together and put in pan and coat top with parmesan. Then I cover with saran wrap and foil on top of the saran (so the sauce doesn't leach into the foil) and bake a half hour or so. Don't worry about the saran wrap, it will be fine and the ziti will be much juicier for it. All the caterers do this. Then uncover and let it cook another 5 or 10 minutes to crisp up. You can add meatballs or sausage if you have them left over too. I don't know what else to tell you.

              1. re: coll

                Saran wrap in the oven?? Really??

                1. re: edinaeats

                  I know, it freaks everyone out if they haven't done it, but you're covering the film completely with the foil, it actually makes it steam, I would never do it with just foil. The foil makes it taste bitter from the metal. The film sort of turns into a hot shrink wrap. It works really well.

                  1. re: coll

                    I would be very concerned about the dioxins in the saran wrap leaching into the food. Would parchment paper between the food and the foil work, perhaps?

                    1. re: Athena

                      No it wouldn't seal the same. Anyway now you know because plenty of commercial/restaurant food is prepared this way, so now you'll have to worry every time you eat out! I'd say plastic film is one of those things that food establishments order every week, they really go thru it.

                      1. re: coll

                        Well, I don't live in the U.S. and I rarely go out to eat, so I guess I'll survive ;)

                        1. re: Athena

                          You're lucky, we're really into plastic over here!

                2. re: coll

                  I like to put some spinach (frozen will do, or fresh steamed) in it as well.