Leap Day. Twelve years ago today, God winked and gave us a Leapling. We’ve been into Leap Day ever since. Happy birthday, Madeline!
Food. I think the winter’s dark and cold brings it on, but I am into the culinary arts these days. Case in point: I find myself enjoying Food & Wine magazine way more than I ever imagined I would. I was given a year’s subscription but thought I’d have little time to read it. Much to my delight, I’ve found my moments tucked here and there, five or ten at a time–and am completely hooked. Love the pics, the articles, the recipes…a lovely way to dream a little during these sometimes drab winter months. I’m especially eager to try their Pork Chops in Sage Butter with Beet Puree and Swiss Chard for an upcoming Sunday dinner.
On the simpler side, Madeline and I were in Seattle recently and stopped in at DeLaurenti’s to grab some dinner-to-go. We loved their Sausage, Farro, and Kale Soup so much that I recreated it at home. Here’s my attempt, which Madeline agrees comes pretty darn close to the original, and–beauty!–it’s uber simple and good for you too.
Sausage, Farro, & Kale Soup
- 1 cup 10-minute farro
- 4-5 links Italian chicken sausage, casings removed
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 5 cups chicken stock or broth
- 2 small (or 1 large) bunch kale, stems removed, leaves roughly chopped
- dash of thyme, salt and pepper to taste
- shredded pecorino-romano or parmesan for serving
- In a large pot, cook the sausage, breaking it up, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add everything else and simmer until the farro is tender, about 10 minutes.
- Top with shredded cheese.
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Books. Well, yes, I’m into books…you already knew that. But a couple to call out here: Addie Zierman’s Night Driving: a Story of Faith in the Dark releases this month and I’m in the process of swallowing my ARC nearly whole. It’s excellent, but since my review isn’t scheduled until next month, I wanted to give you a heads up. If you enjoy, as I do, deeply real memoirs about faith and hope in the midst of darkness, you’ll want to give it a look. Check out the book trailer:
Then there’s Ariel Lawhon’s Flight of Dreams. I was privileged to be on the list for an ARC without any obligation to review, and as my plate is always full enough, I had originally intended to just give it a shout-out without a full review. But that was before I read it. Oh my. I’ve read an unprecedented number of great books already this year, and this is right up there. Friends, it is just SO GOOD, and my joy will not be complete until I tell you why. Look for my review this Friday.
Finally, there’s Where the Wind Leads by Vinh Chung, a memoir that’s been sitting on my shelf for over a year (a gift given to participants at a 2014 World Vision conference), but not until my Women of Vision group chose it as our first “book club” selection did I read it. We picked this one with the goal of educating ourselves on the refugee experience. It did that and more–it’s a fascinating story of rescue and redemption, and masterfully written. (I passed it along to my husband, who read it in less than a week.) A full editorial calendar restrains me from reviewing it immediately, but stay tuned. It’s coming.
After words: So that’s it for me. What are you into these days?