Sausage Pepper Polenta Bake

It’s been a few weeks since my last post, but I’m glad to be back here again beginning this fresh new year.  I find January a particularly calming month as the days become quiet again, and we settle ourselves back into a routine.  My soul finds refreshment in reflecting on the past year and in filling my heart with dreams and hopes for the new one.  The biting cold means it’s also the month to bring out the coziest winter meals to bring warmth and comfort around the table.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Mushroom Pasta

My sister’s family visited for a few days last week and although the physical distance between us makes me a bit sad, it makes the times we do share feel that much sweeter and special.  When we only have three days together, we make the most of it.  I welcomed her family that first evening with cozy bowls of this chicken mushroom pasta along with a heaping platter of this salad.  I relish being around the table together, sharing a meal, nourishing our bodies and our hearts.

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Caponata with Grilled Rosemary Chicken

Our last of summer CSA shares have been brimming with tomatoes, eggplants, and onions, and I thought a sicilian caponata would be perfect for this time of year when such produce is still in abundance.  Today I’m over at Bethany Douglass’ Cloistered Away sharing the recipe for this flavorful caponata to go along with a simple grilled rosemary chicken.   Bethany’s inspiring blog focuses on simple, purposeful living, and she has a gift of being able to capture beauty in the everyday.  She has just started a new series “In the Kitchen” to introduce a variety of perspectives on how families connect around food and life in the kitchen.  For those of you wondering about some of the behind the scenes of the recipes you find here, I offer a glimpse into our kitchen and how I approach working with my children to prepare meals as part of her new series.  I hope you will join me there.

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