This kind of situation may be more common for those of us who live in apartment buildings where we hear our neighbors through the walls and squish up against them every day on the elevator. (We also don't have to put a coat on to deliver food.) But all of us have people in our lives who need to be served, to be given an unexpected gift of nourishment and fellowship. People who aren't necessarily our best friends but live in our orbit, so to speak. The neighbor we rely on to hold the front door when we're struggling with a baby stroller or the newlyweds across the hall who seem to eat pizza every night.
If you're worried about someone's food preferences, make a quick bread or muffins. And if you think the person needs to talk even more than she needs to eat, invite her over. Hint: The neighbor who's always commenting on your cooking ("What was that delicious smell coming from your house yesterday?") would probably love to taste it.
• Pictured above: Lighter Stuffed Pasta Shells
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