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.
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.
Friday, October 03, 2008