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Enjoy healing properties of cooking for another

Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 1:30 AM

Food Heals, it’s a source of restoration, and when one prepares a meal for another, it is even more healing.

Joyce Gibb, a nurse practitioner working in The Medicine Shoppe, in Oakmont knows just how this works. Ever since she was a little girl, her mother would make her favorite meal, lasagna and apple crisp.

Today, Joyce and her twin sister, Jenny, frequently make lasagna and apple crisp and take it to people that are homebound or a family suffering from loneliness. With her nursing background, Joyce gives from her heart and spreads joy through her meals.

Something so simple can heal a broken heart or create a memory that lasts a lifetime.


(makes 12 servings)

2 ½ pounds ground chuck

1 Vidalia onion, chopped

½ green pepper, chopped

½ red pepper, chopped

1 tablespoon garlic, chopped


2 large cans tomato sauce

1-2 tablespoons Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon parsley

1 tablespoon sugar

1-2 pork chops (remove after cooking, gives sauce flavor)

1 box lasagna noodles, cooked and drained

6 cups Mozzarella cheese

2 cups Cheddar cheese

Brown together the ground chuck, onion, green and red peppers and garlic. Remove from heat and drain. Mix together the drained meat mixture, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, parsley, sugar and pork chops. Simmer for one to two hours until sauce thickens.

Using a 9-inch-by-13-inch pan, on the bottom place one cup of sauce. Layer in this pattern: Four noodles, then one cup of sauce, then mozzarella cheese/cheddar cheese (divide cheese evenly between the layers). Repeat 3-4 times, ending with cheese on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until the sides bubble. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes and serve.

For a tasty dessert, this apple crisp recipe is one that is time-tested and never fails to impress the guests.

Apple Crisp

(six servings)

4 to 6 medium granny apples, sliced


1 stick of butter, softened

2 cups sugar

3 tablespoons flour

Prepare an eight-inch-by-eight-inch pan with nonstick spray. Peel apples, core and slice. Place into a baking dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Take one stick softened butter, add the sugar and flour and mix well to make the topping crumble. Place topping on top of apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until sides bubble. Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream.