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All Things Autumn

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All Things Autumn

     Bon fires! Apple picking! Hay rides! Pumpkin carving! Jumping into leaf piles! Halloween! Football!

Autumn is a time of changes; the trees change to vibrant colors, the air temperature changes to a slight, crisp northern chill, the days get shorter, the nights get longer, the flowers change and even our foods change.

Our homes go from light and breezy items such as flowers and outdoor furniture to blankets and wreaths decorated for the occasion.

We go from grilled burgers and steaks to pots of warm stews and soups. Our fresh veggies go from beans, corn and tomatoes to squash, cabbages and yes; pumpkins. Our fruits go from berries and melons to apples and pears.

Have you noticed that even the use of spices and seasonings seem to change with the seasons? I rarely use dill or cilantro in the cooler months; instead I lean toward cinnamons and savory herbs such as thyme and rosemary.

Our grill gets used about 80% in the colder months compared to the 100% of use in the warmer months. The change in foods doesn’t bother me. I love the comfort foods of autumn; the savory soups and stews, the soft, warm breads and decedent fruit desserts.

I hope that in the next few weeks; Inner Chef can ease you away from the warm summer air and into the cool autumn breezes with just a bit less pain. We will have sweet and savory recipes, household decorating ideas for the autumn and early winter and possibly a few surprises along the way.

So, wrap that favorite warm blanket around you, put on those fuzzy socks and help us welcome autumn with a smile and an open kitchen!

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