Hope, like all living things, must be nurtured, cherished and kept close. Never was that more apparent than during the continued anxiety of 2020. Likewise, our fortitude, persistence and resolution must be warmly and creatively fed not only with hopes but with whatever comforts can be devised. Though we need to hunker down a little bit longer, vaccines, spring and renewal are in the offing. What better way to endure a bit longer than to fill so
Everyone has their own version of comfort. For some, it is as simple of an unhurried conversation with a friend, unchallengingly trivial and familiar. Perhaps for one person it is a snuggling cat or two. For another it might be a companionable dog, the sight of a wheeling hawk cruising a winter-bare meadow, the scent of a waiting cup of hot chocolate, a fireplace resounding with snap and heat of its wood, welcome sunlight bounding through the window after a storm or the promise of a dinner revived out of childhood memories and daydreams. Have you noticed how frequently comfort and food come together, are inextricably united?
No matter what the definitions of comfort may be, we are certainly allowed to indulge in them. We are also permitted to fiddle with those definitions, invent new ones, tinker with the tried and true. At this point, we’re due just about any comfort we can pull out of our frayed 2020 hats. In terms of comfort foods, you will find many recipes for soups, stews and crock pot dishes as well as new ideas on our website: http://www.litchfieldfarmersmarket.org/. Today, we’ll be posting a new recipe for Chicken, Shitake and Black Barley Stew. We were pleased and surprised by how well the nutty, slightly chewy barley offset the density of the mushrooms and the chicken flavors. Try comforting yourself with it.