There's something incredibly heartfelt about taking the time to create a homemade dish for someone you care about. Whether it's to celebrate a special occasion, offer comfort during tough times, or simply let someone know they're on your mind, homemade food speaks volumes about your thoughtfulness and care.

Here's a curated list of the best homemade foods that will not only warm the stomach but also the heart of the recipient.

1. Classic Chicken Soup

Perfect for: Comfort and Healing

Chicken soup is the quintessential comfort food, often associated with warmth, care, and healing. It's a fantastic option if you're looking to offer comfort to someone who might be feeling under the weather or going through a rough patch.


  • 1 whole chicken or 4 bone-in chicken breasts
  • 6 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of egg noodles or rice (optional)
  • Fresh parsley for garnish


  1. In a large pot, combine the chicken, chicken broth, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and bay leaves.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour, until the chicken is cooked through.
  3. Remove the chicken from the pot, shred it, and return it to the pot.
  4. Add the egg noodles or rice (if using) and cook for another 10-15 minutes, until they are tender.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with fresh parsley.

2. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Perfect for: Spreading Joy

Who doesn't love a batch of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies? These sweet treats are perfect for brightening someone's day and letting them know you're thinking of them.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the vanilla extract and eggs one at a time.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Gradually mix into the creamed mixture.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
  6. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until edges are nicely browned.

3. Lasagna

Perfect for: Sharing a Meal

Lasagna is the ultimate comfort food, perfect for dinner parties or gatherings. It's a labor of love that shows just how much you care.


  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28 ounces) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (6 ounces) cans tomato paste
  • 2 (6.5 ounces) cans tomato sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water.
  2. In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef, onion, and garlic until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 ½ hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and ½ teaspoon salt.
  4. To assemble, spread 1 ½ cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange 3 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one-third of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 ½ cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  5. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

4. Banana Bread

Perfect for: Comfort and Warmth

Banana bread is a beloved classic, perfect for breakfast, a snack, or dessert. Its moist texture and delightful flavor are bound to bring a smile to anyone's face.


  • 2 to 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C), and butter a 4x8-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until smooth. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.
  3. Mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour.
  4. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for 60-65 minutes at 350°F (175°C), or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for a few minutes. Then remove the banana bread from the pan and let cool completely before serving.

5. Homemade Apple Pie

Perfect for: Traditional Touch

Few things say "I care" more than a homemade apple pie. This timeless dessert is the epitome of homey comfort and a wonderful way to show someone you're thinking of them.


  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 8 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar, and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.
  2. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Pour half of the sugar and butter liquid over the apples. Place the second crust on top, and gently pour the remaining sugar and butter liquid over the crust.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350°F (175°C), and continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.


Taking the time to prepare homemade food for someone is one of the most thoughtful and caring gestures you can offer. Whether it's a bowl of comforting chicken soup, a batch of joy-inducing chocolate chip cookies, or an elaborate lasagna dinner, each dish carries a piece of your heart and effort.

Next time you want to show someone you're thinking of them, try one of these recipes. Not only will you delight their taste buds, but you'll also create a lasting memory of warmth and affection. After all, food has a unique way of bringing people closer together, no matter the distance.

Happy cooking!

Team Flouwr