November 22, 2017

The flavors of fall

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I love fall.

This should be of little surprise to any who know me because I often proclaim that fall is one of my favorite seasons.

From the crisp, cool mornings to the comfortably chilly afternoons, fall brings excitement to my life.

Fall is the time apple orchards kick into full swing, with farmers collecting their bounties by harvesting the delicious fruit. If your mouth doesn’t water at the thought of apple pie, apple cider, apple crisp or caramel apples you might want to see a medical professional for a diagnosis.

Beyond the apples are pumpkins and spice. While I loathe the over-commercialized aspect of pumpkin spice, pumpkin is one of those flavors and smells synonymous with happiness and fond memories of years past.

Fall also means I can poke around outside without being drenched in sweat and exhausted from heat.

The fall vistas really drive home the reason I live in Northeast Michigan. Vibrant colors consume the green leaves, creating a brilliant rainbow across the lovely landscape I proudly call home.

Fall temperatures bring the opportunity to rotate my wardrobe and bring out comfortable sweaters, long-sleeved shirts and cardigans, each of which I can wear without breaking a sweat on my brow. I love being able to dress for comfort, instead of being in the awkward position of undressing for comfort.

It isn’t the cider, the pies or the clothes, however, that I love the most about fall.

As the primary chef in my house, I look forward to rotating my recipe box.

I can exchange the tacos for enchiladas, steaks and burgers for meatloaf or roast, and salads are tossed aside for soups and chili.

While I love cooking on the grill, one of the most underrated senses is the sense of smell, and the ability to bring food back to the oven and stovetop and fill the house with delicious aromas is something to cherish.

I was fortunate to grow up in a family of excellent cooks and many of my most cherished memories revolve around food. It is a family trait that I hope continues to be passed on for generations.

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