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2007 August 14 » Philoxenos

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Hospitality and the microwave

14th August 2007

Hospitality and the microwave

Since this is supposed to be a blog about hospitality, I want to share something that happened yesterday. Last night we had people over for dinner, some new friends from our new church. We are staying with my parents while we look for a place to live, which has been good for lots of reasons. But it also means that I’m not in my usual groove for menu planning and shopping, etc. I do about half of the cooking, which I enjoy, but we still do things a bit differently than I might at my own house.

As I was planning our dinner, I just couldn’t get motivated to make a whole meal from scratch. I remembered that we had a lasagna from Costco in the freezer, so I decided to microwave the lasagne, make a salad and some homemade bread rolls. As I was serving the lasagna (in the cardboard container!) I couldn’t believe that I was serving something that had come pre-made and was only microwaved. But I reassured myself that hospitality, in whatever form, is still hospitality.

Don’t let something small like serving a frozen lasagna stop you from having people over. Obviously we want people to feel welcome but sometimes keeping things simple in the kitchen means we have more time to devote to our guests. And in a season like this, with small children, moving countries, etc, frozen lasagna seemed like the way to go.

And it was good lasagna! 

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