Friday, October 03, 2008

Falling Into Flavor

Fall.
Autumn.

Whatever you call it, I bet if we took a poll, most would say this is their favorite season.

Unless you're asking deer, which you probably shouldn't do because that just stresses them out. Deer have enough to contend with apart from your sadistic mind games, so don't go there.

Anyway.

We all love the comfort-inducing aspect of fall (if you're in Texas, just humor me): the cable knits, the warm colors, the burning smell when your furnace kicks on for the first time of the season, the burning smell of the ham in your oven, the walnuts dropping perilously close to your Yorkie's walnut-sized head, the crispness in the air that makes your large nostrils "glisten" ... ah, it's a magical time.

You can also magically put on a few pounds just by eating butter and evaporated milk-laden goodies.

Which is what this post is all about. Butter. And goodies.

I'll bet you have some favorite family recipes from Grandma that you'd be proud to share. Stews, pies, casseroles, cobblers. Healthy choices are not the focus here. In fact, the more butter, the better. As Diane says, "My hobby is butter."

Every week this autumn (why does that sound pretentious?) I'm going to post a favorite comfort food recipe, or "receipt" as some people spell it. I don't think I'll post it the same day each week because that's tying me down, baby, cramping my style, ya know? I've gotta be spontaneous so that I can combust with creativity.

But I can tell you I'm going to start next Monday, October 6th. So, if you'd like to link, get your recipe ready, and link away. There will be a button on the sidebar, if you like. Not a requirement.

In the meantime, let me share a rich treat, which, although not a receipt, only comes out this time of year like a deer leaping across the highway, briefly flitting by and gone until next fall:
Coffeemate Pumpkin Spice. Mmmm. Fall is good.

For some of us.








44 comments:

Smilingsal said...

Most people wouldn't say that Christmas time is their favorite? Or spring, with the burst of blooms? Or summer time--with time to relax?

Maybe it's because of where I live, but fall doesn't do much for me. Don't snicker and point because I have no fall. I grew up in MD; I know what fall is like.

Anyway, I'd be one who would not choose fall as a favorite time of year. : )

Merrie said...

UMMMMMMM! BUTTER!!! You are speaking my language now! I grew up and lived in the Paula Deen = "butter queen" area. Sounds like an inspired idea! I'm dubbing you "MS Creative Blogger"... and the fun thing is that you draw the rest of us "uncreative, mundane, ordinary" bloggers into your circle. Thanks!

Sandy Toes said...

I love pumpkin spice cream...it is so good in coffee! One of my fall favorites!
-Sandy Toes

DidiLyn said...

Liddie, that was hysterical. Don't ask me why I think that picture of the "Dead-Deer-Walking" is so amusing, but I do. We share that sick and twisted sense of humor. And our love of butter. I will happily join your little foray into the realm of fall recipes.

Cindy Swanson said...

Mmmm...I'm SO with you on that Pumpkin Spice coffemate. In fact, I pretty much like ANYTHING with the words "pumpkin spice" attached.

Fall is one of my favorite seasons, but my least favorite is what comes afterwards...

The Patterson 5 said...

I'm off to the grocery this morning with my sweet daughter who drives the mini cart running through the store like a wild banchee! I love fall (often times what ever season we are in becomes my favorite season!)

I can't wait to try the pumpkin spice and make some yummy comfort fall foods for my family. I guess then it will be off to the gym for me!

Debbie said...

I once taught a group of girl scouts some cooking. I used my whole time as a soapbox to extole the virtues of butter, sugar, and real vanilla. Ah, fun times. Looking forward to the recipes.

sara said...

I am going to have to try that pumpkin spice coffeemate!! I really enjoy fall now that I'm in AR and know that tons of snow is NOT right around the corner!!! yea!

Gwendolyn said...

Sigh. I love fall. Even though, in Georgia, it only lasts for about two weeks. It's my favorite two weeks of the year. Except for Christmas. :O)

Susanne said...

I cry foul! Showing me those wonderful coffee creamer flavors that we can,t. get. in. Canada. Arghhh, now I'll be pouting as I drink my plain ole Joe. :v(

This sounds like a fun idea, Linda. I can already think of several things off the top of my head that I'd post. You and Mr. Linky must be on speaking terms and developing a good relationship? ;v)

THE ROOST said...

Love fall! I will definitely be getting me some of the pumpkin spice coffeemate! Thanks

Cindy said...

Pumpkin Spice. Sounds goods. I'll have to get some and share with my coffee/Bible study girls. I love this idea about sharing old family recipes. My mother recently gave me some things from my great aunt's sewing box that had some wonderful handmade lace - yes I said handmade! It is so sweet and there's some things that were tatted (I think that's how you spell it). Anyway I was looking at these delicate pieces and tried to image what a wonderful time they lived in, wishing I could have a little less chaos. I know these women worked long hard days, no washing machines, dish washers or microwaves. But my grandparents also talked about how happy they were and thankful for what they had been given. I can't wait to go through my old recipes and share. In honor of these wonderful ladies I hope ya'll find the time this weekend too "Sit long, talk much, laugh often". BTW I cast my vote for Fall. Thanks Linda for another great idea.

Mrs. Who said...

1. Autumn DOES sound pretentious. Why is that. AAAAUUUTUM. With your nose in the air.

2. Butter is my favorite ingredient. I will TOTALLY be participating. Already put the button on my blog. I have a great pie recipe at home that I will share. Uses an entire stick of butter. Oh, and I have a potato casserole that uses TWO STICKS. Can't wait!

3. And Fall is definitely my favorite time!!

Sara@ Butterville said...

I honestly don't think about deer. Hunting isn't in my family or hubby's family. Which is good because I don't eat things that "look" like animals. I can't eat those whole chickens you get at the store already cooked! I don't cook thanksgiving cause I can't look at the bird...you get what I'm saying. I also have a fondness for butter. It's what my daughter smelled like when she was a baby. Sweet, warm butter. That's her nickname and the name of our blog. So bring on the butter!

Rachel said...

You are so funny.

And I love the IDEA of fall. Actually fall here is when we wake up and the temperature is only in the 70s, and that is my idea of heaven on earth!

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Darlene R. said...

I, too, love Fall. It is one of the few things that I love about Indiana!

The deer comment was so funny! Poor things!

Sonya Cardiff said...

Big fan of fall. Big as in, comfort foods make my butt even bigger, fan. You're killing me here. It's ok. I'll get you back. At some point this fall, I'll post my British Beef Stew with Dumplings recipe. Ha! That'll show you!

Chatty Kelly said...

I love pumpkin spice too. I have hit a deer at fall time. Yuck. And I love baking pumpkin cookies, breads and cakes!

But my favorite season is spring. It just reminds me of renewal.

Dena @ Green Acres said...

I'm probably the odd person out, but I really don't like Autumn at all. Mostly because it leads to winter, which in my humble opinion should be outlawed. While I enjoy the colors and smells, I don't like the days getting shorter and colder and I don't like knowing that soon I'm going to have to dig out the shovels and ice scrapers. We do get plenty of deer running through our yard as the farmers run them out of the corn fields during harvest, and yes I've ended up with deer hood ornaments a time or two...which is another reason I don't like Autumn. Give me Spring and Summer year 'round and I'd be a happy camper.

Laurie Ann said...

While the Christmas season is my favorite time of year, this is a close runner-up, weather-wise. It's the one time of year we don't have extreme weather. There's no humidity and it's absolutely gorgeous outside today. The nip in the air keeps us in a constant state of confusion as how to dress, because we know it will warm up as the day goes on, but the temps might fall again at night.

The recipe idea sounds great! I'm looking forward to those posts!

skoots1mom said...

i never can make up my mind...as each season rolls around it is my favorite.
i'm digging these 60's temps right now though...pulling up the windows and lettin' it in

i'm eager to read everyone's recipes...gr8 idea, Liddie!

love coffeemate, too! I've gotten hooked on the coconut creme...and i'm not a big coconut person. something about it takes the edge off the bitter of the coffee. but, i also love the punkin' spice and it sure beats SB's prices...although i still have to save my bucks and get a punkin' spice grande frapp every other week!
: )

Patricia Warren said...

Ok, first: Pumpkin Spice is my favorite fall flavor for coffee. I start salivating the closer we get to September 1st and Starbucks brings out the Pumpkin Spice Latte (and pumpkin muffins).

Next: Just wanna share a deer joke I heard. Comedian Ron White was listening to his deer-hunting brother brag he was gonna be able to bag a big one using his powerful rifle that shoots a bullet a 200 miles an hour. Ron said, "If you put headlights on the bullet and slow it down to 55 mph, the deer will jump in front of it."

P.S. I live in the suicidal deer capital of the world. And the schools don't count a student absent if he (or she) misses school on the opening day of hunting season. -No joke.

Lois E. Lane said...

Hooray! I am the greatest autumn lover of them all :) Can't wait for the recipes!

Teri~Facedown said...

Hey Lid,
Can you include your recipe for ham on there? Just wondering what NOT to do while cooking wilbur.

;)

Did I mention...Ken Lee, do libadebidow choo.

Debbie said...

I'm with Kelly, Spring is my favorite but I enjoy Autumn too.

So is this the recipe version of The Better Butter Battle(M.Pride)?

And were you lurking in my backyard to get that deer picture?

samurai said...

Crisp morning, cool afternoons, leaves turning, the faint smell of distant fires, and of course PUMPKIN PIE!

Love it!

My ADHD Me said...

Have to finish watching videos of "I See What You're Saying".

Have to finish watching videos of "I See What You're Saying".

Have to finish watching videos of "I See What You're Saying".

........................

Lynn said...

Linda.

I LOVE the Fall. How did you know??? My favorite... favorite time of the years. Girl, bring those recipes on. I can't wait...

BTW, the deer in head lights gave me a chuckle. How do you put coffee creamer and deer together??? Only you and your wit could make this work. Love ya girl. See you Monday.

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Hello, my friend. I love love LOVE fall. Autumn. Whatever.

I am one of those from Texas (except the last 6 years) and so I've only had 6 real falls. Autumns. Whatever.

I will be looking forward to participating in your fall/autumn/whatever receipt collection. Sounds like fun! :-)

You funny thang. I love your statement: "I've gotta be spontaneous so that I can combust with creativity." Perfect!

Becky said...

Nasty Rat with hooves and antlers! GRRRRRrrrr.

Ahem... don't forget the yummy holiday flavors at Starbucks. Egg Nog Latte and even pumpkin spice. That coffeemate sure looks good... are there any rules about drinking it straight from the bottle, maybe warmed up a little? ;-)

Thanks for making me laugh... again.

Connie@Little Red Hearts From God said...

It makes me feel alive.. fall that is...

Now, I just don't know about this pumpkin spice thing in my coffee... that sounds kind of gross...

roxannekristina.blogspot.com said...

These are things I love about fall:

- my elastic pants come back out of the closet, aka: my cotton/lycra capris I purchased from Costco, in bulk of course

- squash, yes I love it

- hooded sweat shirts

- polar fleese, polar fleese, polar fleese

- my crock pot thanks me for brushing the dust off

:0)

xoxox,
Roxx

Baby Tunnel Exodus said...

Fall IS my favorite time of the year! You nailed this and I'm looking forward to joining in! Blessings, Whitney

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

Fall is my favorite too. Love the idea.

And, BTW, have you tried the eggnog creamer and the peppermint mocha? ... some of my favorite.

Mocha with Linda said...

I can't believe my comment didn't go through. I was worried about that but my girl was telling me to hurry up and take her to school.

I don't remember what I said now except it was something about it being 90 degrees here in central Texas and I could have done without the reminders of the deer. I have that every time I walk out on my driveway and see my crumpled van.

And I love butter.

PJ said...

Alrighty. I'm gettin' them down-home recipes ready! Seriously!

Ballerina Girl said...

sounds good....so you only want buttery yummy stuff?
I would love to try that Coffeemate! Too bad it is not around at Christmas time too :(

Can you save me a bottle? hahaha!!!
BG

truth said...

I love, love, love recipes! But I am one of the few that hates Fall. Seriously, it is my very least favorite season of all.

Coffee creamers? Love them. I was in Arizona recently and the store there carried the one I like best, Vanilla Nut. I asked at my local grocer, and they can't get it.

Chel - An Abiding Branch said...

Linda Linda Linda!
I have joined your campaign to plump us up this Fall! Check out my recipe and I have to say I love your button for this carnival!
Chel
http://abidingbranch.blogspot.com/2008/10/fall-into-flavor-pumpkin-dump-cake.html

Brenda Susan said...

Don't have a recipe cause I don't cook, but I just read some old posts of yours & am amzed that you did the newspaper column thing too! My local paper had a "Religion Page" where all the pastors wrote about their upcoming sermons...boring!...so I made ours into a fun place to share my heart & funny kid stories. I loved it & feel like this blogging thing is the next best thing! Thought I was being so original!!

Mariel said...

I am with you on the butter, fall and the pumpkin spice coffeemate! I am off to print out those yummy "receipts"!!

Kerri said...

some yummy recipes here!! I have a pumpkin choc chip muffin recipe posted on my website that would be perfect for your "Fall into Flavor" Stop by to check it out and enjoy!

Kerri at http://lattebuddies.blogspot.com