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Dec 29, 2009 03:03 PM

New Neighbor - welcome to the hood food

My old neighbor was a FABULOUS cook - catered outside of his regular job. I got lot's of leftovers. We shared recipes, cookware, oven / frig / booze / wine space when needed. He moved to East Coast to take care of his mom.

New neighbor is moving in. They share the same name, oddly enough. I would like to do the "Welcome to the 'Hood" welcome, but I'm forgetting how it worked before. Sheesh! Has it been that long? What do you offer up, food wise, to new neighbors, to keep the rapport that was before?

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  1. Wow, I wish my neighbors were so welcoming! Depending on their dietary restrictions (if you know them) a platter of sandwiches would be great, I think. Something substantial to eat while they're moving, but nothing they have to heat up or clean up. Chips, pickles, etc to accompany. Brownies, cookies, drinks.

    I hope your new neighbors love you as much as your previous neighbors did!

    1. Pot of good homemade soup (something like a vegetarian minestrone - in case they don't eat meat), a loaf of nice bread and a pan of brownies or something else sweet. Moving in the winter, a warm meal is nice. Make sure you provide them with bowls and utensils, napkins, etc. If you have to use disposables, fine - but I would just lend them stuff I don't use anymore and they can return it when they're done.

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      1. re: Nyleve

        Yes! When we moved into our new house many years ago on a damp winter day, our next-door neighbor walked over with a pot of stew and some bread, and it was manna from heaven. We had boxes everywhere, a toddler who needed to be put to bed, and had just moved into a town where we did not even know the closest pizza place. Much better than a plate of cookies, although if she had presented us with those I am sure we would have scarfed them down too.

      2. Isn't it traditional to bake a cake?.....

        1. Why do this before you know anything about them? They could be vegan, kosher, gluten-free, no peanuts, no dairy, and so on. Show up, say hi and ask if there's anything you can do to help. Then find out about food preferences.

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          1. re: Ideefixed

            That's probably the sensible approach, but my experience is that people will generally not say there's anything you can do to help. So you just show up and hand them something. I realize that they may not be able to eat it if they have very specific food issues, but something like a vegetarian soup (or chili) ought to take care of 80% of your potential future neighbours. If they can't, for whatever reason, eat what you've made them it is at least a very generous offering and they will remember it. And years from now, you'll all be sitting around the backyard with a beer and you'll laugh (and laugh) about how they had to feed the soup to the dog because it was potato leek and everyone in the house is allergic to potatoes and lactose intolerant!

            1. re: Nyleve

              Very good idea on the dietary restrictions. I do want to welcome them to the neighborhood and have a good relationship with them.

              Thanks for the suggestions! I'll let you know how it goes.

              1. re: JerryMe

                How DID it go? I am hoping it went wonderfully!

            2. re: Ideefixed

              Someone once very kindly made me navy bean and ham soup when I was moving. I am Jewish. I don't eat pork. I sent it off to friends, but always cherished the gesture. It really is the thought that counts.

              1. re: GirlyQ

                GirlyQ, Thank you SO much for posting this, as it's not what's on the plate but what is behind the intent of the kind, good hearted, neighborly gesture.

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