"We cook all day so you don't have to" is the slogan of Hazel's Home Cookin'. Denise Livingston named the new business after her mother, whose recipes she often follows in making full meals and desserts from scratch daily for pickup or delivery. The bulk of her rotating menu is made up of comfort foods like lasagna, meat loaf, and chicken parmesan--"things that people don't have time to make," she says. Most of the meals are less than $9 and include an entree and at least two side dishes like coleslaw, mashed potatoes, and green beans. Livingston uses locally grown produce as often as possible and also makes jams, pickles, and other specialty items.
She also stocks refrigerated and frozen homemade entrees and meals.
Livingston, fifty, worked in banking for twenty-eight years. Though she has no professional cooking experience, she's been cooking enormous dinners for her extended family for years, and she'll be working with her daughter Erica Antkowiak, who has cooked in restaurants.
Hazel's Home Cookin', 8050 Main. 426-3663, Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Sat. & Sun. www.hazelshomecookin.com