As my favorite time of year finally unfolds and kisses summer goodbye, I can’t help but notice the gorgeous colors around me, and feel the urge to take pictures. *Reminder: must. get. new. camera.* In lieu of not having any current pictures of the prettiness around me, here are a few I took awhile back…
The air is colder and has a certain distinct smell to it that tells me yes, it is fall now and I am ready. Lately, the weather in North Carolina has been so finicky and annoyingly unpredictable, and summer has so stubbornly been clinging on, battling the changes of fall. One day it’s 80 degrees and the next it’s 60. This week though, it looks as though the temperature of summer will finally give up and let fall have some spotlight. Thank you summer, you’ve treated me well. See you next year, when I’m sick of the cold again.
So many exciting things are approaching that make this my favorite season. We have Halloween, which has always been one of my favorite holidays. Then comes Thanksgiving – the one holiday out of the whole year where we have an entire day to celebrate food with the ones we love. Not to mention, we get to indulge in a plethora of comfort foods – many of which are associated with this holiday only (namely turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce). I happen to love fall foods and am looking forward to indulging in butternut squash, pumpkin pie/sweet potato type desserts (especially my mom’s sweet potato casserole), stuffing (not the traditional kind, I’m more interested in all of the jazzed up stuffing recipes I’ve seen circulating the web), and…parsnips. The first time I had this seemingly unpopular root vegetable was almost 3 years ago, when I was living in England. I was at my friend Carl’s house for Sunday roast and his mum had roasted some carrots and parsnips together. They were so sweet and tender and I was in heaven. Who knew parsnips were so delicious! Now, I love making them myself, Sara Foster’s way, cut up like french fries, tossed with apple cider, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, melted butter, salt, pepper and cinnamon and then baked in the oven. They’re super easy to make and they’re a sweet, autumnal take on french fries and even parsnip skeptics will fall in love with them. I’m enjoying perusing the different Thanksgiving Menu guides that both Bon Appetit and Gourmet Magazines have compiled. It’s good to mix things up a bit and they have some wonderful looking ideas, which reminds me, I’m sorry to see the end of Gourmet Magazine. Just don’t take Bon Appetit away from me too, please!
Anyway, I digress, after Thanksgiving we have my birthday and then Christmas! I like having this many food and family oriented events in such close proximity (just so long as the relatives don’t overstay their welcome) ; )
Back to Halloween. In the recent years past, I’ve been a Minnie Mouse, a battered Stepford Wife, Audrey Hepburn, and probably the scariest of all (trumping witches and zombies and dead ballerinas) – Sarah Palin.
This year, the plan was for me to go as Jackie Kennedy and my boyfriend Jay as John Kennedy, with our best friends Lauren and Mark going as Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller. Unfortunately, three of us are under the weather and it looks like I’ll be spending the evening on the couch with some season 4 episodes of Weeds (how I have missed you), and some peanut M&M’s (my Halloween candy of choice). Luckily, my stomach isn’t affected by my unfavorable condition.
I stumbled upon this funny little list http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandforums/blogs/consciouscook/2009/10/the-10-worst-halloween-candies.html and I pretty much agree with everything on there. Right now, I’m exited about the candy corns that will adorn the chocolate cake with salted caramel icing that I am going to make for tomorrow night.
*I’m still picking at this blog, trying to get it to look the way I want, so bear with me! I’m working on a title and a custom header and hopefully will have one or the other the next time I make a post*