Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cinnamon Basil Chicken


I feel like I blinked in October and suddenly December is upon us!  So before I let any more of the holiday season get away from me, I wanted to post the recipe for my favorite December meal.  I make this every year on the winter solstice, but it's so easy to throw together, so fragrant and beautiful, it will make any weeknight festive!  The whole spices and fresh basil make the kitchen smell amazing, and when you taste it you will do a happy dance.  Or at least, I did!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Challah

The light that rises from your feet to your hair,
the strength enfolding your delicate form,
are not mother of pearl, not chilly silver:
you are made of bread, a bread the fire adores.

The grain grew high in its harvest of you,
in good time the flour swelled;
as the dough rose, doubling your breasts,
my love was the coal waiting ready in the earth.

Oh, bread your forehead, your legs, your mouth,
bread I devour, born with the morning light,
my love, beacon-flag of the bakeries:

fire taught you a lesson of the blood;
you learned your holiness from flour,
from bread your language and aroma. 

Pablo Neruda