You can never underestimate the comforting power of a homemade meal when your family is dealing with crisis or grieving the loss of a loved one. Lasagna, casserole, chicken noodle soup – all were generously prepared by loving hands for my family when we needed soothing comfort most.
The days and weeks following my brother’s death were exhausting as I contacted funeral homes, coordinated a memorial service, set up a donation bank account and cared for my parents who were adjusting to life without their only son. When others would express their condolences they’d often ask if there was anything we need or how they can help. From my experience, a great way to assist is by providing a home cooked meal. As a food blogger writes, “it doesn’t take culinary know-how to bless others through food. It just takes the willingness to do it.”
As a symbol of compassion, a homemade meal allows a family to experience the comforting love of others. Cooking is the last thing on the minds families dealing with crisis, and a simple way for you to express support. Food made with love can be the best medicine during times of grief. Here’s one of my favorite comfort food recipes that is really hard to screw up.
Mom’s Baked Mac ‘n Cheese
- Boil a few cups to a box of elbow macaroni noodles. Pour into a casserole dish when finished.
- Make a white sauce (2 tbsp butter, 2 tbsp of flour and 1 cup of milk) by heatinig a medium-size skillet over medium heat and add butter. When the butter melts, add the flour and cook about a minute. Whisk in the milk, season with lots of black pepper and bring up to a bubble.
- Once the white sauce is well combined, turn the burner off and add lots of grated cheddar cheese with and a squirt of yellow mustard. Or if you like it spicy, use Sriracha sauce instead of mustard.
- When the cheese sauce has melted pour over macaroni noodles and stir. Add more grated cheese on top with a sprinkle of dry bread crumbs or crunched up potato chips. Bacon lovers can also add cooked bacon bits on top.
- If you’re eating now: bake in the oven at 350-375 degrees for about 10 minutes or until bubbly and golden on top. If you’re saving for later: let it sit on the counter until cool, then cover and freeze. Cook for one hour at 400 degrees, covered with foil (uncover for last 15 minutes).
What’s your favorite comfort food recipe? Please share!