Harvest Moon…

Can you feel it?  The change in the air, the difference in the sunlight in the afternoon, all the signs Fall is arriving.  There are so many things that bring me true joy, and Fall is definitely one of them.  Along with the colorful leaves, football games and tailgates, apples and pumpkins, there are so many glorious fall foods to savor!  This week I had some leftover apples, and instead of letting them rot, I peeled and sliced them into a covered dish.  Next I sprinkled them with brown sugar, cinnamon and butter, water to cover the bottom barely, and baked them in the oven for about an hour or more on 350.  I would give you a better recipe than that if I could, but in a way it will be good for some of you to go play with your food in that manner.  Along with cinnamon apples, you will find me making a lot of soups and stews, decorating with pumpkins on the table and taking the chill off in the upcoming weeks by a roaring fire, hopefully.

These days, we don’t have to rely on Fall Harvest moons to gather our crops during the night, a last reminder to farmers in days gone by that daylight was about to change, as well as the temperatures.  But we still need it, even if we don’t rely on it.  Yes, it is much easier to use the flashlight on your I-Phone, but if the clouds aren’t too thick go check out this gorgeous moon tonight or tomorrow night.  If you are looking for another fun Fall thing to do, consider taking the “everything Pumpkin” cooking class I will be doing at Southern Home & Kitchen.  This class is a fun Fall sampler of one of the most popular ingredients- pumpkins and Fall squash.  Spiced pumpkin muffins, creamy butternut squash soup with crème fraiche and chives, sweet potato biscuits…who knows what other surprise will be waiting!  Call 336-777.3660 to reserve a spot.

As I close, I thought I would leave you with one of my Family Fall Favorite menu’s, I hope it helps give you some inspiration if you’re wondering what to serve for dinner…enjoy!

Grilled Herb Dijon Pork Tenderloin

Parmesan Orzo Risotto

Cinnamon Baked Apples as mentioned above 

(shortcuts are fine here, such as applesauce, but you’ll have fun if you make it)

Buttered Peas

Glass of pinot noir, but you must be 21, otherwise sweet tea!

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