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20 Great Dishes for Friends in Need

Peanut Butter Pie

Last month a friend and fellow food blogger, Jennifer Perillo, lost her husband unexpectedly. The food community came together in a show of support made this delicious Peanut Butter Pie as a way to honor Mikey Perillo’s memory. Reading about this prompted me to think of foods I would bring Jennie if I lived closer to her. I often bake for friends in need, and am I sure many of you have, too. I like to bring easy one-dish meals that can be reheated, light flavorful salads and warm, homey baked goods. Here are a few dishes from The Family Kitchen I think are fantastic for taking to friends in need. As you’ll notice, the last slide is Mikey’s Peanut Butter Pie. I would love to know what you bring to your friends when they need a warm meal and hug for comfort.


  • Roasted Beet & Orange Salad: A healthy, refreshing salad packed with nutrients. 1 of 21
    Roasted Beet & Orange Salad: A healthy, refreshing salad packed with nutrients.
  • Broccoli Casserole: A warm vegetable side dish that can be frozen and reheated. 2 of 21
    Broccoli Casserole: A warm vegetable side dish that can be frozen and reheated.
  • Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese: A vegetarian-friendly comfort food. 3 of 21
    Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese: A vegetarian-friendly comfort food.
  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: The ultimate cozy cookie that wraps you up in warmth. 4 of 21
    Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: The ultimate cozy cookie that wraps you up in warmth.
  • Crumbs Vanilla Cupcakes: A cheerful treat that puts a smile on everyone’s face. 5 of 21
    Crumbs Vanilla Cupcakes: A cheerful treat that puts a smile on everyone's face.
  • Chili Casserole: A yummy comfort food casserole that serves a crowd. 6 of 21
    Chili Casserole: A yummy comfort food casserole that serves a crowd.
  • Greek Pasta Salad: A protein packed salad that fills you up without weighing you down. 7 of 21
    Greek Pasta Salad: A protein packed salad that fills you up without weighing you down.
  • Hasselback Potatoes: A fresh twist on comforting potatoes. 8 of 21
    Hasselback Potatoes: A fresh twist on comforting potatoes.
  • Frozen Lemonade Pie: A sweet frozen treat for kids and adults alike. 9 of 21
    Frozen Lemonade Pie: A sweet frozen treat for kids and adults alike.
  • Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs: The ultimate comfort meal, and the meatballs can easily be frozen. 10 of 21
    Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs: The ultimate comfort meal, and the meatballs can easily be frozen.
  • Orzo Salad with Beans and Olives: A healthy salad that transports beautifully and is a welcome side or main course. 11 of 21
    Orzo Salad with Beans and Olives: A healthy salad that transports beautifully and is a welcome side or main course.
  • Pesto Pasta Peas with Cherry Tomatoes: A sweet, simple dish that nourishes with fresh flavors. 12 of 21
    Pesto Pasta Peas with Cherry Tomatoes: A sweet, simple dish that nourishes with fresh flavors.
  • Purple Potatoes: A cheery side dish full of color and fun. 13 of 21
    Purple Potatoes: A cheery side dish full of color and fun.
  • Roasted Vegetables with Walnut Vinaigrette: An excellent flavor-packed fall side dish that can be served hot or cold. 14 of 21
    Roasted Vegetables with Walnut Vinaigrette: An excellent flavor-packed fall side dish that can be served hot or cold.
  • Snickers Salad: Kids and adults adore this playful salad, it will put a smile on their face. 15 of 21
    Snickers Salad: Kids and adults adore this playful salad, it will put a smile on their face.
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  • Tuna Casserole: Never underestimate the comforting abilities of Mom’s classic casserole. 17 of 21
    Tuna Casserole: Never underestimate the comforting abilities of Mom's classic casserole.
  • Turkey Cassoulet: A warm fall or winter dish that freezes beautifully. 18 of 21
    Turkey Cassoulet: A warm fall or winter dish that freezes beautifully.
  • Garden Basil Pesto Soup: A healthy warm soup packed with fresh garden flavors. 19 of 21
    Garden Basil Pesto Soup: A healthy warm soup packed with fresh garden flavors.
  • White Chicken Chili: This nourishing soup will warm everyone up and can be frozen if needed. 20 of 21
    White Chicken Chili: This nourishing soup will warm everyone up and can be frozen if needed.
  • Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey: The moving tribute pie that is always good for a friend in need. 21 of 21
    Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey: The moving tribute pie that is always good for a friend in need.

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