Food to take to sad families: ‘Love Soup’ and more

What’s your go-to recipe to take to a family when they have lost a loved one?

We asked that question a couple of weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed your answers.

Ann Low Reego said, “I take ‘Love Soup.’ My children named it that because everyone we loved got some eventually. It went to new babies, illnesses, deaths, new neighbors – anyone who needed a little love. “

See Ann’s Love Soup recipe.

Karla Spence Kurtz sent us a Chicken Stuffing Casserole recipe that she said is a combination of recipes. “I like this because it’s really easy: Open cans, dump everything in, mix, and bake.”

See Karla’s Chicken Stuffing Casserole recipe.

Angela Lemmon suggested this yummy looking Sausage-Egg Casserole. Breakfast has to be the ultimate comfort food, right?


Scott Ketron sent this Funeral Beans recipe. (Yeah, I was skeptical at first, but I did some searching and apparently it’s a thing. “Funeral food” gets right to the point, doesn’t it? And I’m intrigued by the addition of pineapple in this recipe. I will try it soon. Let me know if you do first.)

We had great suggestions from other readers as well. I personally would love to be on the receiving end of any of these dishes:

  • Sarah Slack: Stuffed shells
  • Jane Currin: Beef roast with potatoes, carrots and onions
  • Kim Weakley: Chicken enchiladas
  • Sarah Varnell: “Always my Mamaw’s chicken casserole”
  • Ouida Middleton: Pimento cheese sandwiches and peach pie
  • Jenny Taylor Cook: Chicken Imperial with mashed potatoes, salad, and lemon pound cake

I’ll wrap up by saying I tried the casserole by Amy Jo Cook, which started this whole recipe swap. I decided to go Mexican style with Amy’s recipe, using ground round, tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, and taco seasonings with smoked paprika. I also sautéed chopped green bell pepper and onions to add to the layers.

My husband and son-in-residence loved it, and we even carted a good portion to my downtown son for his community refrigerator.

Amy Jo’s recipe is basic and versatile and great in enabling you to grab what’s on hand when you’re in a hurry … because sad days usually don’t come when you’ve got lots of time to experiment.


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