We've been in our new apartment one week. The pictures are hung, the important boxes are unpacked (I actually know where my Garmin charger is now) and, as of today, we have an internet connection that works. SJ, Amy, Maya, Laurel and I are all under one roof now, and the five of us are just about settled.
Laurel arrived from the West Coast on our moving day, last Monday afternoon. She called me from the runway at Newark and the first thing she said was "I'm starving!" I had a twin hunch that this was going to be the case and was already at the grocery store when she called. I asked her what she felt like having for dinner and her response: comfort food. Pasta with red sauce. So while Laurel Uber'd her way to NYC, Amy and I picked up the makings for Laurel's special request.
A jar of red sauce and a box of pasta were just the beginning. Looking to up the nutrient content of our dinner with out upping the prep time, I also picked up a pound of bulk spicy chicken sausage, a small onion and a handful of pre-cut kale. When I got home, I browned the sausage with the chopped onion in a dutch oven, then added the sauce. While the sauce simmered, I added the kale and let everything cook until the kale was wilted, for about 15 minutes. Right before eating, we topped the pasta with a few slices of pecorino cheese and basil leaves, which miraculously made the move from the old apartment.
We ate our first meal together using unpacked boxes as a table, in the comfort of our new home.