I'm not sure if this is solely a Southern thing (you know, Southern hospitality and all), but in the South, when a child joins the family, whether through birth or adoption, a host of friends and family members line up to provide a calendar of home-cooked meals -- from pot roast, to lasagna, casseroles and spaghetti. It is truly a God-send to the sleep-deprived (and in our case, add jet lag) mamas and daddies. I was elated when friends and family volunteered to provide meals for us for a month after returning from China. It gave us a chance to focus on bonding as a family instead of running back and forth to the grocery, with a baby on one hip and a frantic new mommy plowing through the frozen isles at Kroger. A lifesaver! So if this is a Southern thing, and you've not ever organized this for an expecting mother, give it a shot. She'll be forever grateful.
Here are some recipes for a few of the dishes that friends made for us, as well as some of the dishes that I've cooked for other new moms.
Chicken Broccoli Casserole
Portobello Mushroom Almond Pesto Lasagna
Beef Daube Provencal
Greek Grilled Kabobs with Pine nut Orzo
Spring Vegetable Lasagna
Tortellini, White Bean, Spinach Soup
Thanks to all you lovely ladies who spent time in the kitchen on our behalf. Your dinners were perfect and baby girl was happy for the extra attention.