The beauty about being home is that the simple things in life are elevated. While sitting on a couch is pleasant, sitting on your couch wrapped in your loves arms with your dog cuddling next to you is just pure bliss. Cooking is always nice, but cooking bare footed in a kitchen that is an extension of your body has an ease of comfort. Drinking wine in your backyard while sharing laughter with a friend seems to add a note to the wine that would otherwise be missing. Coffee from that silly mug with the crack on the handle that you bought while on the best vacation ever just tastes better. You get the point.
It is not that home life is simple, on the contrary the belongings in our lives are just a string of stories that hold the memories in their worn appearances adding complexity and layers to our lives. The trick to savoring your home is to allow those stories to be relived each time you sit on the couch and turn on the stove.
I have been home almost one month. I have one week left before I head back to Italy for six months. As I ponder what to do in this next week it is the simple desires that seem to bubble to the surface. Having dinner with dear friends and family, spending every moment I can with my husband, throwing the ball for my dog, rubbing my cats belly as much as she will let me, and of course enjoying the beautiful foods only Arizona has to offer. When I had dinner with my brother and sister-in-law last week, we had some wonderful heirloom tomatoes that needed to be used. My sister suggested we make a brown butter sage to drizzle over the sliced tomatoes, the leftover butter could be sopped up with fresh bread. It was such a simple dish but it reminded me why this vacation has been so wonderful. It has been about taking the every day moments, spending a little extra time with them and turning them into something worth savoring.
Much like in the kitchen, life is about making the simple things extraordinary and what better way to learn that then through brown butter.
Tomatoes with Brown Butter Sage:
1 stick of unsalted butter
1/2 t fresh sage, minced
2 large tomatoes, sliced in 1/4 inch rings
Slice the butter and place in a skillet on medium high heat. Whisking frequently watch the butter until it slowly turns a brown color. It will foam up a bit and brown specks will form at the bottom. Brown butter can burn easily so just take your time and watch it. Check the aroma, you are looking for a delicious nutty scent. Add the minced sage.
Drizzle over the sliced tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and eat right away. Don’t forget to scarpetta