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Dec 3, 2006 02:44 PM

Plain & Simple for Funeral

We had a close family friend pass during the night and I want to take some food to the house as I'm sure there will be plenty of visitors. I need some ideas for plain and simple food that won't require much work on their part. My mind has gone blank.
Thanks for any help and I love this site.

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  1. Hank, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.

    Basically, anything in a casserole dish that is easy to keep in the fridge, then re-heat for large groups, or just scoop out a slice of and pop in the microwave. Maybe lasagna or enchiladas or baked pasta with cheese or one of the hot dishes listed in Prairie Home Companion website. I know it sounds crazy, but it is good comfort food. There is even one called Funeral Hot Dish.

    Another thing you can do to help is put your name on the underside of the dish in masking tape. This helps the family remember who to return the dish to, which makes it easier on them.


    1. Hanky, I'm very sorry for your loss. During our own, recent experience, a surprising hit was a gift of a large amount of Pastrami and big bag of Kaiser rolls. People could make their own sandwich when they felt hungry. (Along with chips, pickles and beer.)

      1. Hanky, sorry for your loss. I too lost a dear friend recently. We're still assisting the children with hot meals.

        Chicken pot pie, Mac & cheese, even a pre-ordered pizza, called in & paid for; del'vd to their home has been welcome.

        1. Thanks to all of you for the suggestions. This gives me lots of great ideas. The Prairie Home Companion site is wonderful.
          Guess it's off to the kitchen to get started.
          Thank you all again!

          1. Lasagna, casseroles, stews - nothing "interesting" or novel, just basic comfort food kinds of things. One thought is not to skimp on vegs - people tend not to eat very well at times like this but over-heavy, greasy food really does leave you feeling less than wonderful afterward.

            You might an extra batch or two and freeze it in couple-of-person meal size portions for use during the next week or two.

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            1. re: MikeG

              I agree with what MikeG said about vegetables, and would also recommend fresh fruit. When our family was in morning, we were happy to receive a beautiful fruit platter in addition to all of the other food that people brought.