Octomom's daughter, 4 of 8, had surgery on Friday. Thankfully, all went well, and now she has the task of recovering. One of their neighbors brought over some food Friday evening, and Octomom wrote about how that not only filled their tummies but also their hearts. The comfort food she happened to bring, chicken spaghetti, garlic bread, fresh salad and layered dessert, was right out of their comfort food handbook. Octomom wrote of how even though they are many miles from family, God can give us family wherever we are. Last year, right before Christmas, our Pastor gave a beautiful sermon about what it means to be a Christian. She spoke of the importance of sharing God's love with others, not necessarily by saying God loves you, but in how we interact with others. The harried cashier that we make sure we're pleasant to, etc. That sermon really resonated with me. Octomom's post today was also a good reminder about how sharing a meal with a family that could use a break, is a good way to share God's love with others.
I used to head up a ministry at our previous church called the One Another Ministry. Did you know that the phrase "One Another" is the most repeated phrase in the bible? Our ministry was designed to share God's love with "one another". To do what we could to ease each other's way in life. We would take meals to new mom's or people who had just had surgery. We would provide meals if there was a death in the family. Once, some people got together and grocery shopped for our family when they knew that would be extremely helpful. I loved that Ministry. I love the idea of sharing the love God has for us with others in a tangible way.
Octomom asked about the dishes we have that transcend taste and speak to our souls. What an appropriate day to be asking that. Mark was sick all weekend and is still sick today. He went to work, because he felt like he had to, but I know once he gets home, he's going to be DONE! For dinner, I'm making Tuna Casserole with Rice Pudding for dessert. For him, that will speak comfort food. When I think of comfort food, I always think of my grandma's Chicken and Rice. I don't know if it's reality or memory, but it seems like every time we went to visit my grandma she made her Chicken and Rice with "greasy green beans". Yum. I'm not sure what comfort food means to my children, it will make for an interesting dinner conversation tonight. Homemade matzo ball soup might come up, or chicken and noodles or dumplings. Beef Stew and Pot Roast might be mentioned as well. I am curious.
Octomom has a Mr. Linky up for people to share their comfort foods. Go check it out. Before you do though, leave me a little note and let me know what says comfort food to you.
Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook
6 cups whole milk
1 cup arborio rice
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
Combine in a 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium-heat, stirring frequently, until mixture just starts to simmer. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from heat.
Stir in 2 tsp. vanilla extract. Serve warm or cold, topped with cinnamon.
Grandma's Chicken and Rice
Meaty Chicken parts
2 cans cream of chicken soup (healthy version is fine)
2 cans cream of celery soup
2 cans Golden Mushroom soup
1 can water
11/2 cups long grain rice
Combine soups, water and rice. Put in bottom of 13x9" casserole. Top with chicken parts. Bake at 300 degrees for 3 hours.
Greasy Green Beans
lots of green beans, ends snapped
1 or 2 onions, chunked
1 or 2 ham hocks
Combine in a crockpot and cook on low for 24 hours.