Spring in the Midwest means hazardous weather. On Good Friday St. Louis, Missouri, was hit by an E4 tornado. Many homes were destroyed, but thankfully no lives were lost. Meanwhile heavy storms have battered Arkansas, a levee broke in southern Missouri, and more severe weather is scheduled to rip through Texas, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
While these types of storms often produce a significant amount of damage, many communities always seem to find time to come together to share a meal after a long day of cleanup. Breaking bread has become an important part of the healing process.
While visiting St. Louis over the Easter holiday, I was touched to see people bringing casseroles, cookies, brownies, and sandwiches to a local shelter for those who had been affected by the tornado. After a day of cutting down trees and surveying damage, a group of cleanup volunteers put on an impromptu barbecue in the middle of the street for victims who had lost their homes. It was heartwarming to see neighbors lean on each other and help each other by sharing meal.
In a time of crisis, what comforting foods do you reach for? Are there any go to recipes you rely on to help lift someone’s spirits after a tragedy? Do you make care packages instead of individual recipes?
Here are some of our favorite recipes that help lift the spirits:
Get this recipe: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Get this recipe: Potluck Lasagna
Get this recipe: Focaccia Sandwich