I am writing this from the hospital, at a small dimly lit table in the corner of our pleasant delivery room. Erin has been induced and is fitful, but in decent spirits….for now.
Last night, her mother Kathy joins us for dinner and for a sleepover. When we left for the hospital this morning at 5AM, she would would remain to make sure Dylan gets to the school bus before heading here later.
Erin wanted a hearty dinner yesterday, as it would be her last solid food for a while. I pulled out an old favorite from my cookbook, a "one pot" dinner that I used to make for the hunting crowd. It is absolutely delicious and easy.
Roasted Chicken and Sausages with Pears and Onions
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Take apart a nice young chicken into parts and place them in a good roasting pan along with a few sweet Italian sausage links. Always use chicken on the bone for this recipe, and if you can…good juicy thighs, arguably the best part of the bird. Nestle in some cored fresh pear halves and a few halved yellow onions. Season with olive oil, garlic powder, dried thyme, salt, freshly ground pepper and some fennel seed. Coat everything to prevent burning. Toss in a couple of springs of fresh Rosemary and then roast for about 40 minutes. Remove Rosemary sprigs and discard. Remove everything to a serving platter and drizzle with a little of the copious juices that will accumulate on the bottom. Always serve this with really good bread because believe me, people will be fighting to dunk their hunks into the goodness!
Anyway, need to get back to business here. Epidural has just been administered….