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Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Casserole Changes Hands

Friday morning one of the neighborhood ladies arrived at my home to pick up the casserole I made for the homeless. She bustled up to the door, dressed to the nines by 10:30am, her immaculate 20 year-old Mercedes coupe idling in front of my house.

I handed her the big aluminum tray filled with some sort of nearly unidentifiable, possibly unholy mixture of egg noodles, ham, veggies, cheese, cream of chicken soup, milk, sour cream, seasoned salt, and topped with corn flakes (hand-crushed.)

"Oh!" she said, "It's homemade!"
"Uh," I answered, "Yes, it is. Is it not supposed to be homemade?"
"No, that's wonderful! And so kind! Normally people just buy a casserole from Costco. They will love it at the shelter!"

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39 comments:

b. said...

I am commenting only to say I am withholding comment.

dalene said...

Speechless.

Beeswax said...

I don't think they have casseroles at my Costco.

kimberchu said...

Wow.
But at least yours has character.

Emily said...

To you "I..." let me add my "Um..."

Jillybean said...

They have casseroles at Costco???

Azúcar said...

Keep in mind that I *don't care* if other people buy their casseroles at Costco, I think it's great however homeless people get food.

I AM laughing because I'm the only one who apparently worried enough to make one by hand. You mean I could have BOUGHT one at Costco? Next time, homeless, next time.

Amy said...

Ha ha ha

Vanessa said...

When I got married my husband begged that I not ever make a casserole. I think I have forgot how now. But it is good to know that they have them at Costco...I love your writing Miss.

Vanessa from inevergrewup.net

Kami said...

Those dang Mormons pulled a fast one on you. ;)

*MARY* said...

thanks for the recipe

amelia said...

LOL seems to trite, but that is what I'm doing right now.

thedoodlegirl said...

hAHAHAAAAAAAAA! Thank you, my dear Carina, for making me laugh HARD. You are AWESOME!!!

This is me said...

I can't decide which thing Mormons love more: casseroles or Costco. The knowledge that the two have been combined just might make my head explode.

sue-donym said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I laughed out loud at this one.


word ver; rants

~j. said...

heh heh.

Stepper the Mighty said...

BWAH?!

Yesbut...the Costco casseroles surely don't have HAND CRUSHED cornflakes on top.

Lucky, homeless. Luck-eeee.

Jodi said...

I too am speechless however does this now make you the best Mormon ever?

JMadd said...

It just shows that you care enough to send the very best. But sometimes Costco is the very best. Next time.

Sarah said...

Whatha?

Azúcar said...

JMadd, that made me laugh, a lot.

Hilary said...

Hilarious, darn mormons, it wouldn't even have occured to me to go BUY one!

girlsmama said...

Who's the worst Mormon? They bought the casserole. Huh. Don't they have a ward cookbook?

Azúcar said...

I think it's great they bought casseroles from Costco, I just wish someone had told me it was de rigueur!

Jill said...

Mormons...

Jen, RN said...

Costco casseroles.....you learn something new every day!

Barb @ getupandplay said...

I am speechless on your behalf. Well, at least you have learned a new life skill? (Is making a Mormon casserole a skill?)

Thanks for your comment on my co-sleeping post!

fijiangirl said...

guarantee yours was eaten first! so funny!

Erin O. said...

Ahhh...so many things are falling into place for me now. No more pans of Chicken Enchiladas are coming out of my kitchen - everyone gets Costco food from now on!

Veeda said...

it was probably the hand-crushed corn flakes that took your casserole over the top. Carina, you're inspiring my next recipe post.

Bek said...

Casseroles are great. Best comfort food ever. FWIW, my son's family have been guests at that shelter (and a few others in Provo) and when a mamma can't feed her family, she is happy for a casserole no matter where it comes from. And his mamma (appreciates good food) so it was appreciated, I am sure. Glad you did it.

In our ward, we make soup for the Ronald McDonals house at Stanford. It is fun to try out new stuff, but really, they just want chicken noodle (it is kids after all).

Mrs. Quach said...

Which Costco does this lady shop at that has casseroles?! Ask her, for heavens sakes, so we all know for "next time!"

Trish and Greg said...

This must be a generational thing - or a big family thing. I grew up in the sixties with 8 other siblings, and my mom relied on casseroles and soups to feed us all.

I think there are many good casserole recipes out there. They aren't all based on noodles, either. Some recipes use rice, some have potatoes, some have squash, etc. It's hot, usually cheesey (sp?) and feeds lots of hungry people.

Never had a casserole that was a "gelatinous mess" (previous post). What's not to love? Even tuna casserole can be outstanding. You just have to know how to make it. ;0)

Azúcar said...

Trish, you have a point, I wonder if it is a generational thing. In my case, with a mother who did not grow up in the United States, casseroles were as foreign to her as crock-pots, football games, and rootbeer. My father, who DID grow up here, doesn't like them, so they weren't part of the repertoire.

Vern said...

I bet the line was longer at your casserole.

Tamsin said...

Being a crazy foreigner, casseroles don't really occur at our house either. So when the Relief Society brought one over two weeks ago when our baby was born, my husband and I were dissecting it as we went: "OK, so ground beef, green beans... some kind of potato - maybe hash browns? Cream of mushroom soup maybe,and oh! They're tater tots!"

That casserole fed us for four meals, though, so lucky homeless indeed!

Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

Mmmmmmm, a homemade casserole! Now that's a treat!

Geo said...

"Who can find a virtuous casserole?"

by...K@ Ashcroft said...

I literally busted out laughing at this one.
This post explains sooooo many things about society today.