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What to Bake for New Neighbors

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There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.

Today: Love your neighbor as yourself -- with boxes and bags of baked goods. 

As kids, we jumped at any opportunity to run an errand to our neighbor's house. Be it borrowing a few eggs or drumming up business for our lemonade stand, we rang the doorbell with confidence and -- using the biggest words in our vocabulary -- chatted up our neighbors like they were family. Fast forward a decade or two, and we've moved into our own houses and have new batches of neighbors to meet. We now agonize over this once-relished task, and pace behind our doors, mulling over gift options for greeting the locals. 

Our Provisions Editor, Posie Harwood, recently moved into a new apartment and reached out to the Food52 community for tips on what to bake for her new neighbors. She received such good advice, we wish we lived next door.

More: Packaging that looks as good as what's inside


Tell us: What are your favorite edible gifts? 

Challah photo by Mark Weinberg, marshmallow photo by Sarah Shatz, all other photos by James Ransom

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