Now, if one is going to be visiting people in the wake of a tragic event, the best place to find great recipes for covered dish offerings is in old church cookbooks. I'm certain that women's church groups have been publishing cook books since Gutenberg invented movable type, at least I think that's when my mother's favorite cookbook was published. Its a great book. Really, it has some great dishes and ingredient lists mentioned in its pages. The thing is, this particular book leaves one wondering what you are suppose to actually do with the ingredients.
I'm not sure how I lived for 28 years without ever actually looking at the pages of this book. I know I have helped my mom cook with it for many years... I just never noticed that every recipe lacks instructions. For example, the recipe for Squash Casserole reads:
You will need 4-6 yellow squash, 1 onion, 8 oz. sour cream, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 package bread crumbs, and graded cheddar cheese. Combine all ingredients top with extra cheese and bake.
No, I didn't leave out a step. That's it. Now, most people are going to just assume that you need to chop the onion and chop and boil the squash before adding the other ingredients. I say most people because my oldest sister, the Ditsy Pre-school teacher, didn't assume that. I don't call her a ditz for my amusement, its just a simple fact. Luckily, as my brother-in-law so helpfully pointed out, the women in my family are unable to do anything alone so there were plenty of people on hand to yell... STOP... CHOP! before something went majorly wrong. I had to concede that the non instruction on oven settings for the "...and bake" part a little unsettling. However, it stands to reason every visiting dish is made to be baked at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.