Casseroles have stood the test of time. While food trends and culinary styles have progressed and changed each year, casseroles are still popular dishes among families, households and the community. A casserole is one of the easiest ways to welcome someone to the neighborhood, lend a helping hand during a rough patch in someone’s life, or simply feed a bunch of hungry mouths any night of the week. Pasta, chicken, ground beef, potatoes, rice, vegetables and everything else in between can be made into a casserole. No need to worry about picky eaters: There’s something for everyone. Casseroles are one of the most popular items brought to family gatherings, picnics, and potluck lunches. And there’s a reason (actually, several) why people love them. First and foremost, a casserole is a simple dish to make, and easy to prepare in advance. For those who don’t have time to prepare a full dinner for their family when they get home from work, a casserole is their saving grace. Assemble it the night before and pop in the oven when you get home — dinner is ready in a snap. A casserole is healthy as it involves all sorts of lean meats and vegetables and it is not fried, nor processed in an unhealthy way. As the days are getting cooler, the casserole can be the warming food of the heart, the welcoming item when we (and the family) come home. Enjoy your casseroles! Don’t forget to be creative!