Food has the power to not only nourish us, but feed our souls. We share meals with family and friends. We come together as communities through neighborhood potlucks. Think of any important function or event and there is always food to celebrate, sustain and connect us. The power of food to bring us together goes back centuries. It is like a common language when we sit at the table with others who don't speak our own. The power of food is marvelous and everyone, no matter your skill level or experience, can contribute. Food welcomes, food brings smiles. I think the world could always use more of this.
Whether you find yourself flying solo this time of year, when romantic dinners rank high on the to-do list, or you have a new friend or comforting familiar one, treat yourself to a nice, sit-down meal. This chicken and potatoes en papillote has a few simple but fragrant ingredients that are pure indulgence. Package it all up in blanket of parchment and you won't even need the red bow. We all deserve the love we seek to give to others and making the moment to treat ourselves to simple meals is an easy show of affection and appreciation to ourselves. Head on over to the Washington State Potato Commission for this and other wonderful meal time recipes that are guaranteed to make your heart sing.