Summer is officially over. I am sad, but not depressed. I savored it, lived it, and rejoiced in it. Time to move on. Instead of mourning what was, I have chosen to celebrate what will be. So, here is my laundry list of things I’m looking forward to this fall.
In random order:
Pumpkin pie and all things pumpkin related: I am a pumpkin junkie. Of course, pumpkin pie is a fantastic vehicle for whipped cream, another of my ongoing vices. I love pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin gnocchi, pumpkin raviolis, pumpkin roll. Pumpkin – bring it on!
Caramel dipped apples: I take granny smiths and dip them in rich caramel and dark chocolate, coating them with chopped almonds, pecans, etc. I do several variations, all equally indulgent.
Halloween: What my kid won’t eat, I will. Enough said.
Butternut Squash: This is truly one of those vegetables that you need to wait until fall to eat. Delicious in a gratin topped with parmesan cheese.
Apple Pie: My son wants to make an apple pie with me this year. Another opportunity to teach him about cooking and bond in the kitchen. My late mother-in-law made a fantastic apple pie with a cheddar cheese bubble crust top, which was to die for. We can’t find the recipe, but I’m searching for a similar one. Topped with vanilla ice cream, it was meant to shut down your left ventricle – but you’d die a happy person.
Wearing Boots: I love wearing boots, and I don’t have to worry if my socks match.
Leaves Turning Colors: A nice drive to New Hope satisfies my craving for autumnal bliss.
Thanksgiving: My favorite holiday. All food. No gift giving, except giving the gift of your love and friendship to others.
Braises, Stews and Chilis: I am excited to try a number of new recipes this year. Leftovers are encouraged.
The Beginning of the TV Season: I only watch one or two series, but season premieres and new episodes are always something to look forward to.
There is at least one item which you might think I have inadvertently forgotten, but rest assured, it is not a pressing matter for me. I am not a football person, so the start of football season does not cause my toes to tingle and my lips to sing. Now, that is not to say that I don’t enjoy the occasional football game. But I have no qualms about saying that I am not a football junkie. I’m sure I’ll be hearing from some of you about this horrible lapse in character development.