Yes. That's right, it is the most wonderful time of the year (for food that is). Let me tell you why... you can smell the sweet scents of Fall in the air which means that all of the primary food holidays are just around the corner.
In September, a true foodie will feel obligated to make something fabulous with apples. My loyalties lie with candied apples. All of the sudden it's okay to make soup for dinner and homemade rolls more than once a week. It also means that the farmer's markets and fruit stands are just about to close up shop urging us all to shop at least one more time in order to take full advantage of locally grown greatness.
Then October comes. This is the one month of the year when it's alright to have a bottomless candy jar and popping a bite-sized something in your mouth every hour on the hour is expected. Cider and donuts are a must for all family gatherings and the countdown begins for chili and cornbread on Halloween. To top it all off, homemade root beer with the effect of fogging dry ice in the black plastic cauldron that you continue to buy every year at Wal-Mart.
November brings traditions, classic food, and family recipes. Yesterday I made a Thanksgiving dinner for a photo shoot and our apartment smelled so delicious that I wanted to pull a cozy sweater over my head and write down all of the things I'm grateful for. Pie baking is good for the soul and comes with a sense of satisfaction that is hard to beat.
December is my favorite. In addition to the holiday parties, cookie exchanges, and hot cocoa topped with marshmallows, this is the one time of year that you get to end every conversation with, "Happy Holidays." Food brings people together. It seems to be at the center of every gathering where people allow themselves to eat whatever they desire claiming, "Oh why not, it's the holidays." To that I say, good for you. Indulge, for it truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
p.s. my apologies to those of you who prefer posts that are short and sweet.
photo: donna hay