MORE TO AUTUMN THAN THE FOLIAGE
It’s difficult to find anyone who doesn’t love when the temperatures of summer tone down and the colors amp up. For some, fall is their favorite season. Each season holds something special for me. When I consider this season of warm tones, I think of it as a “Second Spring.” The leaves on trees shift from the greens to the warmer color palette (golds, reds, yellows, browns and more), and a host of plants come alive and into view. The pumpkins magically appear in the fields, nurseries, farm stands and your local grocery stores. The apple orchards explode as the harvest begins. Festivals and celebrations add color and flavor to our tables and towns. Words like “crisp,” “fresh,” and “cool” roll off our tongues, while we start to put our sweaters and light jackets on. The idea of making soups, stews, pies and all measure of comfort foods rises higher in our minds and kitchens. At some point, we push away the grills, watermelons and ice cream and pack away our swimsuits and shorts. Reluctantly, I allude to a certain spice that is launched everywhere as the all season begins.