Hearty Split Pea & Smoky Bacon Soup, for When Something of Substance is Craved

Hearty Split Pea & Smoky Bacon Soup, for When Something of Substance is Craved post image

The older I get, the more my soul craves and searches for those things of a deeper, more substantive nature that fill me to the brim with life. Those surface spaces and places that satisfied my youthful cravings well enough, those “top layers” of life where emotions and feelings came and went and changed on a whim without much understanding and wisdom to back them up, are not the places where any long-lasting foundation can be forged, nor any life-long dwelling built. But in my youth, ... {more please!}

Crispy-Baked Chicken Wings, Tandoori-Style, and Balancing The Heat with Something Cooling

Crispy-Baked Chicken Wings, Tandoori-Style, and Balancing The Heat with Something Cooling post image

If you've ever taken a nice, big bite out of something good 'n spicy, and then found yourself quickly reaching for something (anything!) to temper some of that heat, then you've experienced first-hand how important this nifty little concept of “balance” is. I have to admit that now, as an adult, I'm a bit of a heat seeker, a lover of things on the spicy side; but that being said, it doesn't mean that I don't appreciate something to balance out the flames, so to speak, ... {more please!}

Cheesy Grilled Chicken Parmesan Soup, and Filling an Empty Bowl with Something that Sustains

Cheesy Grilled Chicken Parmesan Soup, and Filling an Empty Bowl with Something that Sustains post image

In the cold depths of a grey winter, when the snow seems to endlessly fall and the icy chill surrounds mercilessly both day and night, the soul longs for warmth and comfort in the way of hearty and cozy sustenance, and little provides that better than a hot, hearty bowl of home-cooked soup. When one pulls an empty bowl out of a cupboard, and knows exactly with what hot, rich, tangy, cheesy and savory liquid one is about to fill that bowl with, there is a ... {more please!}

Roasted Chicken & Winter Veggie Pot Pie Casserole, All Tucked In Under a Cozy Layer of Love

Roasted Chicken & Winter Veggie Pot Pie Casserole, All Tucked In Under a Cozy Layer of Love post image

When I think about a rich, creamy, savory, and piping-hot chicken pot pie with a delectably buttery, drop-biscuit crust that gently lays over the top nestling everything beneath it lovingly in, I get a very cozy and fuzzy feeling inside. It makes me think of childhood, when I would hide under a fluffy pile of pillows, or roll myself into a large, soft and thick blanket that would make me completely disappear, and give me that comforting feeling of warmth, safety, and protection; that feeling of ... {more please!}

Rich Braised Beef & Porcini Ragù, and The Glorious Effects of Time on the Developing Soul

Rich Braised Beef & Porcini Ragù, and The Glorious Effects of Time on the Developing Soul post image

If you're anything like me, you appreciate and enjoy the flavors and nuances found in a patiently long-simmered sauce or braise. When a food that needs tenderizing has the opportunity to simmer, bubble, deepen and develop without being rushed or hurried along, it becomes one of the most glorious and amazingly delicious things that one can put into their mouth. A rich, braised beef and porcini mushroom ragù that has been given the luxurious gift of time to become full-bodied, aromatic, earthy, and succulent, is a ... {more please!}

“Sweet Heat” Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownies, and How a Little Spice Can Be The Best Thing

“Sweet Heat” Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownies, and How a Little Spice Can Be The Best Thing post image

Sometimes a little heat can be just the ticket to making things...interesting. In food, spices turn up the volume on the eating experience, filling the one partaking with a gentle warmth that seems to radiate, awakening the senses, making them heightened and better able to receive an experience of the culinary kind in all of its glory. Spices such as cinnamon and cayenne have an earthy and very primal note to them, and when they're sprinkled into something either sweet or savory, create a unique and ... {more please!}

Creamy Winter Risotto, and The Cozy Apron Celebrates Turning Three

Creamy Winter Risotto, and The Cozy Apron Celebrates Turning Three post image

Why does it seem like once we hit adulthood, time just flies on by? Days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months, and months turn into years so quickly. I almost cannot believe that I'm sitting here, writing a post for our blog's third birthday. And what an active toddler it has become! The Cozy Apron has been an absolute joy for my husband and I to work on together for these past three years, now going into our fourth. Our hope is that we've been ... {more please!}

Crispy Smashed Parmesan Potatoes, and When a Little Pressure is the Very Thing That’s Needed

Crispy Smashed Parmesan Potatoes, and When a Little Pressure is the Very Thing That’s Needed post image

I won't speak for you, but I certainly prefer comfort, peace, and sunny skies to discomfort, difficulty, and foggy-grey days. If everyday life was left up to me, I'd love nothing more than to luxuriate in simplicity, ease, things always working perfectly when needed and never breaking down, complete harmony in all relationships, and an abundance of money coupled with a scarcity of problems. I have yet to meet anyone that would much prefer to find themselves in the midst of challenge, shortage, illness, or general ... {more please!}

Shepherd’s Pies, and Being Gently Shepherded on this Path Of Life

Shepherd’s Pies, and Being Gently Shepherded on this Path Of Life post image

Do you ever get the feeling like you're being guided? I don't ever recall a time in my life when I didn't feel the presence of a power higher than myself, one that I call God, or my Creator, but I do remember periods in my life when I didn't necessarily pay much attention to the spiritual side of things, or have a conscious desire to have a relationship with the One who made me. Frankly, I didn't even know what that meant, or what that ... {more please!}