Do you ever find yourself invited to a neighborhood gathering and when you’re asked to bring a dish to share are stymied for ideas? Well, that go-to veggie-tray-with-creamy-dip from the grocery store can now be a thing of the past, thanks to this fun new cookbook, appropriately called “The Good Neighbor Cookbook.”

The authors, Sara Quessenberry a brilliant chef who developed recipes at Real Simple magazine until she moved over to Doitdelicious.com (Jessica Seinfeld’s kid-friendly food project), and Suzanne Schlosberg a funny, funny lady who is a writer, and mom to three-year-old twin boys, teamed up for this project. The premise: making yummy food is an easy way to make you a good neighbor. Now who doesn’t want to be a good neighbor/friend? The 125 recipes in their book are organized by events such as “Bringing Home Baby” and “Novel Ideas for Book Club.” At their website, thegoodneighborcookbook.com you can check out 10 or so sample recipes for free.

My two favorite recipes so far are roasted tomatoes with oregano (five minutes of prep time!), and Sara’s already famous chicken enchiladas with tomatillo sauce. My kids gobble them up – I just use half the recommended amount of jalapeno.

Do you have any favorite go-to recipes? Do your kids eat any exotic foods that you won’t? How about foods that they won’t eat, even when a bribe is involved?

Written by Dana Sullivan Kilroy

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