31 Days to Hospitality::Day 28 What to Cook {when company comes}

This is day 20 in a 31 day series on hospitality. Start from the beginning here.

1.  Keep a list of great recipes.

The big question is always, “What should I cook?”   Isn’t that the bane of the existence of every mother?  Don’t you get tired of trying to figure out what to cook?  That’s why I started keeping a collection of my favorite recipes on my blog—like a hope chest for my daughters someday.  They’ll have all mom’s recipes at their fingertips.  I’m always trying new recipes but there’s nothing like a few that are tried and true.

And what could be better than soup?  I’m kinda like the soup whisperer.  I LOVE soup.  I make it every week, even in the summer.   It’s comfort food.  It feeds a crowd.  You can make it stretch. It’s not expensive.  Soup is your friend when you’re having company.

Best Beef Stew Ever

Mocha Cake

Beef Enchiladas

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Glazed Apple Bars

Southern Cornbread

Spicy Tomato Soup

Blucberry Coffee Cake

Strawberry Dream Cake

Late Summer Vegetable Soup

Chicken and Dumplings

Cheese Tortellini Soup

Grannie’s Fudge

Chipotle Pumpkin Barley Soup

Rocky Top Chili

Italian Sub Soup

Cheeseburger {in paradise} Soup

Taco Casserole

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt

Potato Corn Chowder

Roasted Zucchini Lasagna


2.  Plan ahead.

Make a menu.  Right it down.  When I’m having company, I plan every meal ahead and plan for plenty of snacks, cocktails, cookies, etc.   I plan for  things that can be at least partially prepared ahead.  This allows you plenty of margin—-which translates into time, to visit with your company.

3.  Cook ahead.

Almost everything can be frozen.  I cook ahead and then freeze what freezes well.  Soups freeze particularly well as do cookies.   I almost always have those things in my freezer, just in case.

4.  When all else fails, make homemade bread.

I always try to bake bread when company’s coming.  The house smells amazing and everyone knows how much you love them.  The end.

If you have any favorite, tried and true recipes that would be great for showing hospitality, link to them in the comments.  I will add some of those links back to this post!


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