A couple of months ago our little neighborhood suffered a hailstorm – it cut a peculiar swath through town, the beginnings of which were reminiscent of the tornado super outbreak of ’74. I mentioned this in previous posts, I’m ever so thankful for the insurance I’ve paid for all of these years; our blocks have been abuzz with roofers and other contractors, homeowners outside watching and talking with their neighbors – an oddly festive atmosphere. Most of us have chosen the architectural shingles – we’re beginning to look like an English village. Last weekend the family celebrated Father’s Day and our two childrens’ birthdays. I wasn’t sure what the weather would bring so planned on cooking indoors. Sure enough we had a downpour but were able to enjoy porch time, presents and a nice dinner. As usual I was trying to cram too much into my Saturday so tossed one of my favorite crockpot recipes together – the recipe began as Turkey and Butternut Squash Ragout with Beans but has become Chicken Thigh and Sweet Potato Ragout with Beans – try and find turkey thighs this time of year. Not a fan anyway – too much stringy meat. The best part of this meal is the side of polenta.