Today I learned of a friend’s passing. A tearful whisper in the wind.
My friend was kind, cheerful, giving and loving, to her family and to her friends. Everyone knew the cancer had returned, but her heart wouldn’t allow her to share the burden she carried when hope turned to prayers and words turned to tears.
Visiting her Pinterest boards today, it became clear that words of inspiration and thoughts reach deeply into our hearts and minds.
With tears in my eyes, I wanted to write..
“My dear Friend,
I wish I could have shared your pain and kept your private fears and tears close to my heart. I pray that your pain is gone and you are at peace.”
These are some of her posts….
Comfort comes with time and we hope that time does heal, although the pain never really goes away. Comfort comes in many ways and opening our hearts to comfort during difficult times can help.
My upbringing always brings me to food. Growing up, food was always the center of happiness, sadness and just about anything in between. My Steve always says that dining with family is an experience….they are the only people he knows who can be discussing what they want for the next meal while they are eating…too true:)
So for me, comfort food is just that, and I have found this delicious twist on stroganoff with just the right amount of heat and the right amount of comfort. Enjoy!
CAJUN CHICKEN STROGANOFF
8 oz. dry wide egg noodles
8 oz. kielbasa, sliced 8 oz. button mushrooms, quartered 4 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
11/2 lb. chicken breast tenders
1/2 tsp. each cayenne pepper, paprika, black pepper, kosher salt, dried basil, dried thyme, and dried oregano
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. tomato paste
2 tsp. minced fresh garlic
1/2 cup dry sherry
3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup sour cream