One of my colleagues recently had to have emergency surgery. She's doing OK, but we've been trying to step in and help with food and errands. It got me thinking about cooking as a way of showing you care. Hence, the Top 5 Things I Cook to Demonstrate Affection:
Chicken noodle soup from the remnants of said baked chicken
Honey whole wheat bread
What do they have in common? They're all things you can easily buy at the grocery store: a rotisserie chicken, Campbell's, hit the store bakery, Swiss Miss. But trust me, they aren't going to taste the same. Part of it is better ingredients (Swiss Miss doesn't use real milk, 70% Ghirardelli chocolate, whole milk, cinnamon, vanilla, cayenne, honey, brown sugar, and dark rum), part of it is better technique (don't even get me started on pie crust), but I honestly believe that "made with love" makes a difference.