Cooking in Autumn

The weather has turned colder, and Halloween is only the beginning of three months of food-related holidays. People become excited about cooking in fall, because seasonal root vegetables and gourds become key ingredients. Pumpkins come out of the woodwork. Butternut squash, apples, and sweet potatoes are other popular ingredients that see more use in the autumn months.

Fall meals tend to include heavier spices and red wine. Stews, soups, and casseroles bring warmth to cold days and comfort to the family table. Here are some quotes about cooking to bring some of the warmth of the kitchen to your home.

“The season for enjoying the fullness of life – partaking of the harvest, sharing the harvest with others, and reinvesting and saving portions of the harvest for yet another season of growth.”- Denis Waitley

“Did you ever stop to taste a carrot? Not just eat it, but taste it? You can’t taste the beauty and energy of the earth in a Twinkie.” – Astrid Alauda

“What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?” – Erma Bombeck, “No One Diets on Thanksgiving,” 26 November 1981

“And, of course, the funniest food of all, kumquats.” – George Carlin

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.” – Cesar Chavez

“Roasting is both nothing at all and absolutely everything.” – Marquis de Cussy, L’Art Culinaire

“An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.” – H.L. Mencken

“As the days grow short, some faces grow long. But not mine. Every autumn, when the wind turns cold and darkness comes early, I am suddenly happy. It’s time to start making soup again.” – Leslie Newman

“If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” – Carl E. Sagan

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