Hospitality: What Meals Do You Take to Friends?

Cooking a meal for someone else is a generous expression of love, we think. But when that meal needs to be schlepped across town to a new mom or sick friend — and possibly sit in their fridge for a few days until they're ready to eat it — it needs to be durable and easily reheated...

For years, we relied on casseroles and baked pasta dishes (like the No-Boil Chunky Cheese Lasagna, above). Lately we've been gifting hearty soups like chili, which is easy to freeze if the recipient doesn't need it right away. We throw in a salad, with the dressing in a separate container, a good baguette, some cookies or a sturdy cake, and a bottle of wine. We think it beats flowers or another onesie any day.

Of course, we're always looking for new go-to, make-ahead meals. What do you take to friends? What meals have you received that have brightened your day?

Recipes to round out a good gift basket:

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Photos by Emma Christensen (lasagna) and Faith Hopler (soup).

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