Apple dishes, late summer tomatoes, squashes, broccoli, kale, stews and soups.
Ok, so maybe I really love Fall food.
Summer is full of casual, fresh food: salads and grilling and fruit. Fall is slower, more thoughtful. Deeper flavors, and hearty, nourishing ingredients. As if nature was preparing us for winter.
This year, it feels like life has mirrored the tastes of the season. My summer was fun, busy, full of travel and always on the go. As much as I enjoyed it- I’m ready for a break. I’m ready for cool days checking on a beef stew and roasting squash for a multitude of recipes.
Here at Fort Leonard Wood, we’ve finally had a break in the heat. We’ve had some rain and temperatures have dropped into the 50s. I finally felt ok about spending the whole day in the house last week. In fact, I don’t think I ever put on my shoes- fuzzy socks were plenty. I pulled out my fall wreath yesterday and hung it on the front door. My ceramic pumpkin sits cheerily on our coffee table.
I can finally take a deep breath. Stay in my pajamas for a day if I feel like it. Use the last of the summer’s tomatoes to make from scratch marinara to preserve that last breath of summer- something to enjoy when it’s just too cold for me and I’m longing for summer’s casual sunshine. I was even happy for the rain and cold air- for the excuse to snuggled into a hoodie sweatshirt of my husband’s along with my rain boots.
How do you mark the season? Your favorite bit of fall? What tells YOU that fall has arrived?