A Dish in My Kitchen

Catching up after being on vacation is more work than it was to get ready for the trip. People who haven’t been able to contact me for a week are vying for calendar space. My email inbox is full and snail mail has backed up too.  I find that having a blackberry mitigates some of the catch up but regardless, there’s a lot to do upon return.  I’ve worked late a couple of nights this week but that make things more hectic as I run from the office to the little league field to violin lessons and then home to get homework done and everyone fed. Last night I threw in the towel and ordered a pizza.

Tonight when I rushed in, I noticed a foil covered casserole dish on the counter. My first thought was that the kids made brownies after school but upon closer inspection, I realized that not only was it not my dish but someone had made a lovely egg and green chili casserole and left it there. What a treat! I felt the dinner tension escape me like air from a ruptured inner tube. It even gave me a few minutes to take a walk.

Egg Casserole flickr.creativecommons/rberteig/

And I walked with a smile on my face. This was such an incredibly kind gesture and such a gift to a busy working mom. It caused me to think about how long it has been since I’ve done a random act of kitchen kindness for someone else. Sure we invite friends over to eat periodically but it’s been a while since I’ve just shown up somewhere and plopped down a meal or at least a dish. Truly this doesn’t take a great deal of planning and the added bonus is that since we’ve been away, our CSA has backed up and we have an abundant refrigerator. So now, with a brief family discussion, we’ll identify someone who might benefit from an evening off in the kitchen. And, I’m certain there are many other ways that we can deliver a few random acts.

When was the last time that you did something for someone without having a reason? When is the next time?

Egg and Cheese Pie
Adapted from Seasoned with the Sun
Serves five
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 Tbs flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tbs melted butter
  • 1/4 lb grated cheese (I prefer Monterrey Jack but Swiss or Mozzarella will work)
  • 4 green chilis, roasted, peeled and chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat over to 450 degrees. Beat the eggs well, adding the flour gradually. Continue beating and add milk, butter, cheese and salt and pepper. Turn into a buttered pie plate or casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes. The torte will swell and have a golden crusty top. Cut like pie and serve as either a main dish or a side. Think about making two so that you can offer one to a neighbor.
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  1. Thanks for another idea for what to do with the 18 eggs a day we get! We love sharing them, when we are invited to someone’s house we usually show up with a dozen colorful eggs in hand. Wish I could send you some…

  2. What a splendid surprise! Did you find out who your anonymous food gift giver was?

    We invited our neighbor over last night for a quick dinner of lobster rolls (we live in New England and it was 88 degrees yesterday!) followed by ice cream sundaes. Was a such a lovely evening outside in the warm air, listening to all the wildlife, and I could tell that it was something that she needed. Well, her and us both! 🙂

  3. Thank your friend for the recipe for dinner tonight! I needed inspiration! So glad to hear you out on your walk and the smile you brought home! Love, S

  4. Judy Theman

     /  April 8, 2010

    There’s a casserole fairy? You truly are blessed!!!

  5. Sally Mom

     /  April 8, 2010

    I look forward to everyone of your articles and recipies and I am motivated by your energy and enthusiasim. I just wish I were closer to help!
    I have been helping out in the hood preparing for a couple friends, meals at least once a week while they experiance difficult times. It makes my heart happy and yesterday, I was gifted with a spectacular “singing bowl” from tibet, as a thank you. I still can hardly believe it and so apppreciative.

    Thank you Tammy, you are amazing

  6. Lisa H

     /  April 8, 2010

    My kids’ piano teacher not only works full time and then teaches in the evenings, but she is also pregnant. Each week I send over some of our dinner in order for her not to have to worry about cooking one night a week. They really enjoy their meals and honestly, it’s no extra work for me to make a dish just a bit larger in order to share. For some reason, food always tastes better when shared with someone else.

  7. ozarkhomesteader

     /  April 9, 2010

    I’m feeling inspired to give a casserole!

  8. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I am getting so many eggs……it’s wonderful to find something new to make with them. Blessings,Kathleen

  9. I have taken meals to people when they’re going through a hard time, but I have never taken a meal to someone randomly. I love the idea! There can never be too many random acts of kindness!

  10. I remember so many of these random meal acts when my brother was in intensive care, many years ago, and they meant to much to my family. What a treat.

  11. actually they are more purposeful than random (:

  12. Love your blog.

    I’ve subscribed and added it to the blog roll on Spirit Lights The Way. : )

    Glad that you enjoyed the article on CSAs . . . tomorrow’s post will be on composting.

    Happy Earth Day 2010!

    • Thank you so much. Looking forward to your next article and know others will enjoy it as well. nrhatch.wordpress.com

  13. I know egg-xactly what you mean! 😉 Sometimes I need a vacation from my vacation. And thanks for promoting Random Acts of Kindness – such a feel good activity for everyone involved!

  14. What a great reminder of how important small, thoughtful, unexpected gifts can be in a person’s life. I really did ask myself, “What random act of kindness have I done lately?” I sent my 6-month pregnant best friend a bouquet of pineapple fruit, because she had been craving pineapple. She called me completely grateful and you have to wonder what’s better – being the receiver of the gift or the giver?
    Welcome back from vacation! Always tough to play catch-up at work – I’m in the same boat this week.
    This recipe looks very easy, too! Perhaps for brunch…


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