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!


19 comments on “31 Days to Hospitality::Day 28 What to Cook {when company comes}”

  1. Edie, I am really enjoying this series on hospitality. I’m kind of sad we’re getting close to the end. I do have a recipe that is so easy and always a crowd pleaser. Corn Pudding – simply mix 1 box of Jiffy Cornbread mix, 1 can whole kernel corn (drained), 1 can cream style corn, 8 ounces sour cream, and 1 stick of butter (melted). Stir until everything is mixed well. Bake on 300 degrees for 45-50 minutes. It’s great straight from the oven, room temperature, or even straight from the fridge the next day! Enjoy!

  2. Davis tried & tested favorites:
    Fresh tomato soup:
    Easy no roll pie crust:
    And delightful coconut pie:
    And totally agree on the bread. Our family favorite is a french country loaf:
    Can’t wait to try some of yours! Thanks, Edie!

  3. Make up a fresh batch of biscuits (but we call them scones in Australia). Instead of butter and gravy, put a dollop of strawberry jam then a dollop of whipped cream (cool whip works!) and you have delicious Devonshire Tea (serve with coffee). It is quick and easy too. My Nan (grandma) would have this ready for us every time we would visit – such beautiful memories of a beautiful lady 🙂

  4. I always try to keep some of your chocolate chip cookies in my freezer as they are the best!! Thanks for sharing your recipes.

  5. I made your beef stew the other day, it was wonderful! I really want to try your spicy tomato soup too. I make creamy tomato basil soup for my girlfriends when we get together in the winter. It’s so easy. 1 large can of tomato soup (family size), half of that can of heavy cream, chopped up basil, and a handful or two of Parmesan cheese. Let simmer for an hour and top with fresh basil and Parmesan.

  6. Edie-
    I have enjoyed your hospitality series immensely!! Sad to see it end soon (but happy to read about the pdf book!!). Made your potato corn chowder last night-easy and awesome. I’m with you re loving soup.
    Have a great trip to FL

  7. Your soups have quickly become some of our favorites. I also love your beef stew. It doesn’t get any better on a cold day. I love trying your recipes.
    Thanks for an awesome series filled with such wisdom and heart.

  8. This is one of my favorites because I always have a ball of pie crust dough in the freezer, which is easy to pull out and fill with whatever fruit you have on hand. Apple happens to be my favorite, and it smells so darn good while baking!
    Will be trying your honey wheat bread this weekend! Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  9. I look forward to trying out some of your favorite recipes. Maybe you could include some ideas for pairings? I have many wonderful recipes, but run into trouble sometimes deciding which sides would round out the meal nicely.

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