Happy Friday, friends! I'm down in Fairhope, Alabama for the weekend with my dear friend Katie – she's an incredible singer/songwriter/guitar player and asked me to come play violin with her at a contemplative prayer retreat. We barely dodged a snow and ice storm in Nashville, and made it down here safely yesterday afternoon. No snow here (though it's not exactly warm!) – the sun's shining, we're staying on the water, and I can't think of a more beautiful way to spend a weekend. Also - as much as I love NYC, it's always so good to be back in the South! I swear, everyone is so friendly here, you feel like you're reconnecting with an old friend even if it's the first time you're meeting someone. I love it.

Switching gears, I wanted to share a simple, new recipe with you all. It's been awhile, I know. I'm not a huge meat eater, but Brandon is, so I try and treat him to a good steak or pork chop every once in awhile. I do happen to love the combination of pork, apples, and caramelized onions, so this is a dish we both love. I suggest serving it with roasted sweet potatoes with arugula, or just with a bowl of mashed potatoes. (It's also really good served with a dollop of grainy mustard on the side.) Given we have just a few weeks of winter left, this is a great dish to make in the next couple of weeks. Your family (or friends) will thank you!

Have a great weekend everyone, and stay warm!

xo, Anna

(Photo by Signe Birck)