Comfort Food – Bloggers Supporting Victims of Hurricane Sandy #FBS4Sandy

November 8, 2012

Clicking on Poster Will Take You Directly to the American Red Cross Where You Can Make a Donation

Living here in the country in Perth, Ontario we don’t have to worry about too many natural disasters befalling us and we consider ourselves very blessed and fortunate.  When Hurricane Sandy ripped her way up the Eastern coastline and inland of several U.S. states we could only watch, almost in disbelief as the devastation she left behind became more apparent with each news cast.  As with every other natural disaster that has struck our world from earthquakes, tsunamis and tornados, etc., we  can only imagine the utter anguish and despair that those millions affected by Sandy had to endure and unfortunately, are still enduring.

Yet, once again this wonderful on-line community is rallying together to offer support of any kind to those in need.  Last week, Barb of Creative Culinary and Jenn of Jenn Cuisine wasted no time in putting their heads together to come up with this wonderful idea for others to show their support to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.  When our friends and neighbours are going through a tough time,  we reach out and we share.  We bake, we cook and we do the best we can to comfort, be it with food, words or deeds and most times, with all three.  Today,  Barb and Jenn have asked bloggers to show those affected by Hurricane Sandy that they are not forgotten and that people are thinking of you and helping you in any way they can.  Today we are virtually *serving up* our favourite comfort foods and you can link up your dish at Barb and Jenn’s sites and join many others who are doing the same.

Today, I’m sharing a dish that is quick and easy to make and is easy to transport, either fresh or frozen to friends in need.  It’s filling, sticks to your ribs and makes you feel loved and cared for.


(adapted from Kraft’s Broccoli Chicken Divan & Kraft’s Gram’s Chicken Pot Pie Updated)

You will need…

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 head of fresh broccoli
  • 2 cups of frozen  mixed vegetables
  • 1 heaping cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 can of Cream of Broccoli soup
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 3 tablespoons of Zesty Italian Dressing
  • Montreal Chicken Spice


  • 1 medium sized casserole dish
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry
  • 1 egg
DIRECTIONS (preheat oven to 400°)
1.  Steam your broccoli and set aside
2.  Cube your chicken breasts into bite size pieces then fry in a large heated skillet with the Zesty Italian Dressing.  Season with Montreal Chicken Spice.  When cooked, remove from pan and set aside.
3.  Mix the Cream of Broccoli soup with 1/3 cup of milk.
4.  Place the steamed broccoli in the bottom of the casserole dish
5.  Add the chicken, followed by the frozen vegetables
6.  Pour the soup and milk mixture over the vegetables
7.  Add the grated cheese
8.  Cover with the puff pastry, cut to fit your casserole dish.  Tuck any edges under and press the pastry to seal around the dish.
9.  Whisk the egg and brush over the puff pastry.
10.  Bake at 400° for approximately 30 minutes or until pastry is golden and mixture is bubbling.  Serve hot to a friend in need.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?  Barb listed the three major organizations on her site and I have re-copied them here for you.

  • American Red Cross is providing food, shelter, and other forms of support to hurricane victims. You can donate directly to the Red Cross or  you can also text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • The Salvation Army is also focused on providing food, shelter, and support to victims, and takes donations for storm relief.
  • Feeding America is providing food, water and supplies to those who need it as part of their disaster relief program.

Also, from Jennifer Perillo, this very extensive list of how you can help was released Tuesday evening, November 6, 2012.  Additionally, she has also provided a Facebook Link on how  *out of towners* can help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Finally, a website full of information on how to help is found here.  There are lots of ways to bring comfort to others.  Food being just one of them.  Please visit the above links and consider how you can help make a difference.


{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Renee - Kudos Kitchen November 8, 2012 at 10:07 am

Nicely done Paula!


Jenn November 8, 2012 at 11:32 am

Thank you so much for participating and thank you for sharing those great resources on ways to donate and help out the victims of hurricane Sandy. The pot pie is a wonderful dish of comfort to offer up!


Choc Chip Uru November 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm

What a fantastic dish to provide as support my friend, we have donated to the cause :)
Lovely post!

Choc Chip Uru


Kathia November 8, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Very well done!! My family and I had a very difficul time with The Hurricane Sandy, thank God is wasn’t as bad in our area as it was 40 minutes from us where people lost everything.
Thanks for sharing all those link where we all can go and help.


Karen @ Trilogy Edibles November 8, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Fabulous, just like you!


The Partiologist November 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe and sending along the links!


Barbara @ Barbara Bakes November 9, 2012 at 8:27 am

My family loves chicken pot pie. The perfect comfort food.


Jacquee November 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm

This looks so amazing, Paula and for such a great cause. We were finally able to get in touch with family in New York and, fortunately, they are all alive and well. Lots of damage, but most importantly they are fine. Now to deal with the snow storm…


Lora November 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Comfort food indeed. Thank you for your lovely comment Paula.


Mardi (eat. live. travel. write) November 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Thanks for all the links there Paula – very comprehensive and useful. I love your pot pie. Comfort food indeed.


Sharon November 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Another great way to help folks out!
I thought it was outstanding of the NYC marathoners who were in the city and went to pitch in!!

This looks like it would feed the body..and soul..on a cold day!


Sue {munchkin munchies} November 10, 2012 at 10:32 pm

This is comfort food for sure! I love the heart<3 This Thanksgiving, there are many who are thankful for you! :)


Nancy/SpicieFoodie November 11, 2012 at 12:48 pm

What a kind post, thank you for the information. Your pot pie sounds scrumptious and I love the little heart:)


Jessica @ bake me away! November 11, 2012 at 8:43 pm

There is anything much more comforting than a pot pie. Thank you for all of the info on how to help!


Jessica @ bake me away! November 11, 2012 at 8:43 pm



Warning Sugary Goodness November 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Always looking out for others! It is perfect weather for Pot Pie.


Warning Sugary Goodness November 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Oooops just meant that winter is the time to get cozy with a pot pie…..


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