Fall, for me, is all about comfort. I happen to be one of the five people on the planet who doesn’t love Fall. I love bright sunshine, warm weather, stone fruit and ripe berries, and days with more than 12 hours of sunlight…. all things that are noticeably missing from Fall. I dislike pumkin flavored anything, scary Halloween costumes, and darkness that overstays its welcome (in my book darkness should never arrive before 8 p.m. and should always leave by 6:30 a.m.). I also like extremes and swift transitions so it could be that these half-hearted California falls just don’t cut it for me. Fall takes away my natural comforts so I find myself looking for ways to replace those comfort this time of year. My favorite Fall comforts are:
I know, weird, right? But I love them! If I had any musical talent at all I would sing a song about them much like the insects in James in the Giant Peach sang about their peach. I could eat them every day. My favorite way to eat them is drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and roasted in the oven at 350°. But I also love them sautéed in a little chicken broth with thinly sliced garlic.
Even here our evenings are starting to get cooler and I love a good stew on a cold, dark night. This Herbed Beef Stew with Sugar Snap Peas has been my favorite for years. It’s easy to make and could be done in a crockpot too. I like to double the recipe and keep half in the freezer for those busy nights when I don’t have time to cook.
Soup for Breakfast
This time of year I look forward to the comfort of a hot bowl of homemade soup for breakfast. This Breakfast Vegetable-Miso Soup with Chickpeas is one I make every week in the Fall and Winter. It’s part of my Monday morning ritual. It’s my way of starting off the week focused on taking care of me.
These are my Fall comforts. What are yours?