Comfort Food

Comfort Food

I always begin by lighting the candles……several around the house…..two in the kitchen where I will cook…..two in the adjoining family room….one in the living room and one in the dining room….I soften all of the other lights in the house and, lately, I ask the boys to make a fire. Then I choose my music or some old film that I want as background noise…..lately, “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Then I pour myself a glass of wine and begin gathering my

ingredients……almost like foraging….. with a general feeling of delight about the things I find in my kitchen……even though I’m not surprised about them because, of course, I put them there…….. pork chops and potatoes and apples…….. I obviously come from some long line of earthy people, as I tend to lean toward hearty comfort soups and stews and breads.

Today I was perusing the “Williams Sonoma Taste of France” while lounging on the couch with Robert watching our latest series passion, “Marco Polo”. Instead of finding a recipe that I absolutely had to try, I got completely caught up in his description of country life and general attitudes about food and cooking in France. What struck me most about the photographs were their contrasts…….delicate, buttery croissants paired with strong pungent cheese and sour cherry jam

Savoring France

……..which is how I came to tonight’s play in contrasts for my family’s dinner………pork chops with honey mustard apples, mashed parsley potatoes and herb stuffing with dried cranberries and walnuts………

Pork Chops

Robert said the dinner was wonderful………..the twins were tolerant. Little do they know, I am making foodies of them too and, even though my houseful of testosterone looks perplexedly at me as I conduct my nightly cooking rituals and they never know what they are going to get……I sense that they get the same peaceful contentment from them that I do.

Peace out…

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As long as Robert can remember, he wanted to be a writer. Like many young people who are called to a creative life, he had to contend with well-meaning friends and family members who discouraged it. While Robert spent most of his career as a successful attorney, he never forgot his dream. In the meantime, he pursued many other interests and was fortunate enough to have some amazing adventures. One of those interests was martial arts. He spent many years studying and teaching Chinese Internal Martial Arts. Robert promised his teacher he would someday write that book he always wanted to write and began to develop a story idea that pitted a young lawyer/martial artist against a powerful pharmaceutical company in a conflict over a miracle cure. The hero wants to insure the cure is freely available to everyone, but powerful enemies want to suppress it. The Nostrum Conspiracy is Robert’s second book. His first book, Naked Tao, breaks a few rules.

Robert has been blessed with an amazing life and it just keeps getting better. He lives in Louisville with his beautiful wife and children. "Bad Bob" is a tongue-in-cheek nick name bestowed upon him by his co-workers when he showed up at his law firm one day on a new Harley. Robert is a martial arts master and has taught over 600 students.

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