Bon Appétit (March 2014)
Let us tell you a story that we love:
We're lucky enough to be able to walk to work (our offices are just a few blocks from each other). But some days -- super cold, terribly rainy, running insanely behind for a meeting -- we take the bus.
You know it's going to be a good day on our bus line when the bus pulls up and Operator Perry is driving. You see, Operator Perry loves his job -- you can tell by the way he chats up the riders, and makes announcements ("It's 8:42 in the morning and you are going to be right on time for work!") and shouts words encouragement ("It is going to be a great day").
But here's our favorite thing he says, just before the reaches the end of the line:
"If nobody told you they love you this morning, just remember, Operator Perry loves you!"
It's enough to make us tear up. This expression of kindness and positivity in the mornings makes us feel loved.
You know what else makes us feel loved? Roast chicken. Seriously. The dish screams "home" to us -- cool weather, Sunday nights, a house that smells of herbs. Our dream: coming home from a bad day at the office to an Ina Garten roast chicken. (Her husband Jeffrey -- who gets to do this with some regularity -- may be the luckiest man in America).
We think you're hard-pressed to do better than this Herbed Faux-tisserie Chicken.