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Many occasions call for sending lasagna to a friend

Many occasions call for sending lasagna to a friend

Many occasions call for sending lasagna to a friend

It started out as a simple gesture. A simple act of kindness.

Stephanie Eppich Daily, Send a Friend Lasagna, had a friend whose wife passed away. She remembered feeling helpless, not knowing what to do or how she could possibly comfort her friend.

Instead of staying helpless, she leaned in to what she loved and brought him a lasagna. Stephanie says she likes to think of lasagna as a hug you give to someone even when you are not in their presence. When someone takes a lasagna she made out of their freezer or refrigerator and puts in their oven to feed their family, she hopes they are thinking of that hug that was made especially for them.

So on today’s Indy Style, we meet Stephanie, the newest Indiana Original! 

Here are some reasons you may want to Send A Friend Lasagna:
1.    New baby—Help out the family by providing a meal (or several meals)
2.    Wedding—(Stephanie made her own lasagna for her wedding celebration)
3.    Surgery—Someone you know had surgery and their caretaker could use a night off from preparing a meal
4.    Loss—Send a hug when you feel someone needs it most
5.    Treat yourself—For those nights YOU just don’t feel like cooking
6.    It’s Lasagna—Do you really need a reason? It’s good anytime!
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About Send A Friend Lasagna (as told by Stephanie) 

I’ve been in the restaurant business for years, you just didn’t know it. 

My first unofficial job description would read something like this:

Front of house manager, expediter, food critic, busser, taste tester, napkin folder, server, and …. bartender. I was 8 years old when my grandparents opened a restaurant called Dunham’s Prime Time in the late 70’s early 80’s and I walked around like I owned the place. 

These days I cook because I love to cook. I anticipate the look on a person’s face when they’ve tasted something I’ve made and I can tell they think it’s delicious. That feeling is so pure to me, it’s exhilarating.

I created Send A Friend Lasagna after I made a lasagna for a friend whose wife had passed away. I remember feeling helpless, not knowing what to do or how I could possibly comfort my friend. So I leaned into what I love and brought lasagna to him. I like to think of lasagna as a hug you give to someone even when you’re not in their presence. If someone takes a lasagna that I made out of their refrigerator or freezer and puts it in their oven to eat, I hope when they sit down at their table they think of a hug I made especially for them. 

Facebook: @sendafriendlasagna

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Box office goes ‘Sonic’ again but hears ‘Call of the Wild’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hedgehog edged the sled dog by a nose at the box office.

“Sonic: The Hedgehog” zoomed to the top of the box office with a take of $26.3 million in its second weekend while audiences ignored critics and heeded “The Call of the Wild” as the Harrison Ford CGI dog flick finished a close second with $24.8 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

It was a strong weekend for both films, with each outperforming expectations and overcoming early doubts about design problems.

Paramount Pictures’ Sega video game adaptation “Sonic the Hedgehog” was a laughingstock when its first trailer was released last year, but after a delay and a title-character makeover, the film has now spent two weeks atop the box office and brought in over $200 million globally.

20th Century Studios’ “The Call of the Wild” was also mocked by many on social media for its CGI dog — the first five film adaptations of Jack London’s 1903 novel all used real ones — and reviews were decidedly mixed with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 62 percent, but moviegoers bought into the digital dog and his 77-year-old co-star, who would have won the weekend were it not for a late surge from “Sonic.”

“For ‘Call of the Wild’ heading into weekend the estimates were all over the place, as low as 10 million for the weekend, some saying it could do 15, maybe 20,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. “So like ‘Sonic’ it over-performed.”

In a very distant third with $7 million was “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey” in its third week.

The weekend’s other wide release, “Brahms: The Boy II” starring Katie Holmes, was fourth with just $5.9 million.

That was a disappointing opening at a time of year when horror films often do well. 2020 appears to be bucking that trend with family films thriving in the early weeks of the year.

“’Sonic’ and ‘Call of the Wild’ represent two PG-rated movies where that void in the marketplace for families is the key to their success in this part of the year, a time that’s usually dominated by awards holdovers and R-rated films,” Dergarabedian said.

And those family audiences may be why critics didn’t matter for the top two films.

“PG-rated films are more immune to reviews and are more about the audience. If a kid wants to go see a film, they’re going to go see it” he said.

Best picture winner “Parasite” continued its post-Oscars surge in a week where its victory was mocked at a rally by President Donald Trump, bringing in $3.2 million in North America, where it has earned nearly $50 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included.

1. “Sonic the Hedgehog,” 26.3 million, ($38.3 million international).

2. “The Call of the Wild,” $24.8 million, (15.4 million international).

3. “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey,” $7 million, (10 million international).

4. “Brahms: The Boy II,” $5.9 million, ($2.2 million international).

5. “Bad Boys for Life,” $5.86 million, ($8.1 million international).

6. “1917,” $4.4 million, ($9.4 million international).

7. “Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island,” $4.2 million, ($3.9 million international).

8. “Parasite,” $3.1 million, ($8.9 million international).

9. “Jumanji: The Next Level,” $3 million, ($1.3 million international).

10. “The Photograph,” $2.8 million.