Vegetable Curry, and Stepping out Boldly in Faith

Vegetable Curry |

A bold and spicy Vegetable Curry gets the energy flowing the same way that stepping out in faith can be thrilling and wonderful for one's spirit and one's life. It's hard to fathom that it's officially been four years since my husband and I decided to embark on the unique journey of starting this blog together. So much has happened since The Cozy Apron was born, namely that we've gotten older (and hopefully!) wiser, and that we've raised our son who was only fourteen at the ... {more please!}

Mediterranean Power Rice, and the Power in Knowing to Whom You Belong

Mediterranean Power Rice |

Good, healthy food like Mediterranean Power Rice fuels our physical body and gives it the energy and the necessary sustenance it needs to be at its best; but our inner spiritual life also needs to be empowered, and we gain that precious strength through understanding that we belong to a spectacular Creator. Do you ever wonder Who it was that dreamt up beautiful, special, unique, and perfect you? Have you ever considered the possibility that every detail of who you are—what you've been endowed with, how ... {more please!}

Chicken Fra Diavolo Bake, and Finding Yourself Wherever the Flow Takes You

Chicken Fra Diavolo Bake |

Simple ingredients are always willing to be turned into a delicious meal like this Chicken Fra Diavolo Bake; but sometimes, we, the people, need a little reminder to relinquish our control and allow ourselves to go wherever the flow takes us, and just be in the moment. When words of wisdom come out from the mouths of babes, it is a thing to rejoice in. Young people are our future, and when they speak of things of a mature nature, things that demonstrate a consciousness and ... {more please!}

Pot Roast Stew in a Bread Bowl, and the Willingness to Be a Vessel for Something Glorious

Pot Roast Stew |

A warm, freshly-baked bread bowl can be the most comforting and perfect vessel for a pot roast stew in the wintertime; but we too, can be willing vessels, eagerly waiting to be filled with something amazing and glorious in order to share it with the world. The human being has the amazing potential to be like a beautifully hand-sculpted and adorned bowl, plate, mug, or elegant glass that utterly longs to do its ultimate work of being filled with something truly delicious and divine, something life ... {more please!}

Faux Risotto with Chicken and Vegetables, and Retreating into the Quiet below the Surface

Faux Risotto |

Below that golden-brown top layer of a Faux Risotto you'll find all those morsels necessary for delicious comfort and nourishment, just as below our own surface we sometimes find that stillness that helps us regroup and experience some peace and reflection. There are days when observations and experiences long to tumble out of my inner being-ness with such gusto and enthusiasm that I can barely contain them. It's like they're looking to be shared and taken in by others, like they're looking for new homes—new vessels—to ... {more please!}

Beer-Braised Beef Brisket Sandwich, and the Treasure Within

Beer-Braised Beef Brisket Sandwich |

A meaty and juicy beer-braised beef brisket sandwich satisfies and nourishes the hungry soul to its core the way that the amazing and brilliant treasure that has been placed within each and every one of us can enrich and uplift others around us, if it is brought to light, refined, and shared. I love to go walking. It's one of my absolute favorite ways to spend time when I'm looking to either clear my head, or use the rhythm of my steps to sort of “lull” ... {more please!}

Chicken Stroganoff, a Comforting Companion for a Wintery Evening

Chicken Stroganoff |

Warming and comforting Chicken Stroganoff is a wonderful dish to curl up with in the cold season of winter time, that amazing season that whispers to the soul and gives us reason to cozy up and look for enlightenment all around us, and also within. There's a fresh and uniquely crisp, clean scent to the cold air that blows through in the wintertime. I love when it rustles my hair, and nips at my nose, causing me to shiver just a little bit, all while helping ... {more please!}

Shrimp Scampi, and the Changing Look of the Holidays

Shrimp Scampi |

Shrimp Scampi is a delicious dish to prepare as a simple meal between the holidays when time is limited; and since it's a favorite meal of my son's, it makes me think about him and realize how even the flavor of the holidays evolves and changes as our children grow and become young adults themselves. When I considered what would be a good, simple, cozy and comforting recipe to share here on the blog with you this week, one that could be a great go-to meal ... {more please!}

Roasted Chicken with Autumn Vegetables, the Perfect Nourishment for a Reflective Season

Roasted Chicken |

The classic and deliciously earthy flavor of a simple Roasted Chicken with Autumn Vegetables pairs perfectly with this quiet, reflective season that encourages us to take the time to do some soul searching. Autumn is the season which I await with bated breath. For me, it is like no other time during the year, because it is full of fiery colors, spicy scents, warming concoctions, and an almost welcome brooding quality as we enter a time of dormancy which is ideal for quiet reflection and listening ... {more please!}

Cheeseburger Macaroni and Cheese, and Cozying up with a Bowl of Childhood Bliss

Cheeseburger Macaroni and Cheese |

For many of us, easy to prepare, tasty little meals out of a can or box are at least a small part of our childhood memories; they were first attempts at “cooking”, in a way! And with this Cheeseburger Macaroni and Cheese, we can enjoy the coziness of childhood comfort food, only in a slightly more sophisticated and from-scratch way. Nothing felt more safe and comforting to me when I was a kid than unlocking the front door of our house and stepping into that cozy ... {more please!}

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