Farewell Summer, I Shall Not Miss Thee
As I sit at home on this gloomy, cold day in the Mid-Atlantic, it seems like so long ago that the summer heat of August was blazing down on us, rendering me miserable and cranky in my home and kitchen. While I know that many of you lament summer’s passing, and the associated end of grill season, I have been looking forward to the change in weather for some time.
With no air conditioning in my kitchen, the summer weather meant that we did little cooking in the kitchen. Grilling became our main source of sustenance. I longed for the days when I could whip up a one-pot meal that would produce leftovers throughout the week. And now, finally, the seasons have changed (perhaps too fast for those of you getting snow), and we are deep in the middle of fall-cooking weather.
So here, readers, are my five top foodie reasons why I am happy to see summer gone:
5. Crock pot
The crock pot never ceases to amaze me. Throw in a bunch of veggies, meat and some liquid, and eight hours later – voila! – a tasty meal. I never use it in the summer, since I don’t really crave a meat and potatoes sort of meal during the summer.
ES on crock pots: BBQ Pulled Pork
4. Hot tea, hot cocoa, hot cider…
Who doesn’t love to curl up with a hot cup of your favorite beverage on a cold fall or winter day?
ES on hot drinks: Homemade Hot Chocolate
3. Red wine
Call me crazy, but in the summer, I have no interest in drinking red wine. And I love red wine, so sometimes I’ll make sangria, but generally, I have to wait until the cool weather hits to really enjoy it.
ES on wine: How to Use Leftover Wine
2. Soups and stews
I miss soups and stews over the summer. I still make corn chowder and tortilla soup in the summer, but that only happens rarely, and not as fun as making a big pot of stew in the cold weather on the weekend, spreading a delectable smell throughout the house.
1. Baked goods
We are now in the season for cookies, pies, crumbles, cakes…
Of course, I say all this knowing that in several months, I will probably be posting an entry listing the top five reasons I am happy to see summer approaching. Such is the life of a fickle food-lover!