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Do you yearn for cooking in the next season?

ccferg Aug 24, 2007 02:06 PM

My friends are buying new fall clothes, but I'm thinking about braises and stews. I've grilled every possible kind of meat and fish, eaten corn 12 different ways, and am up to my eyeballs in tomato, basil, etc. I can't wait to start braising, stewing, roasting, etc. What's the first real fall meal -- maybe even with the fireplace going -- that you want to make?

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    Sherri Aug 24, 2007 02:33 PM

    OMG! I've been dreaming of lamb shanks but have months to go before it cools in our Southwest desert. Every now and then, I find myself turning the AC temp down and roasting a chicken or braising something because I am itching for this kind of comforting food. Molly Stevens' ALL ABOUT BRAISING is on my night stand for mouth-watering reading while I dream of chilly nights that are just made for c-o-o-k-i-n-g. Try as I might to "live in the moment", I find myself getting antsy by the end of August every year -- I want to bake bread and braise delicious meals.
    Note: I find it odd that this doesn't happen in reverse; that is I don't long for summer by winter's end. I'm still happily elbow-deep in deeply-flavored foods.

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      ccferg Aug 24, 2007 02:58 PM

      Thank you, lamb shanks are just what I'm thinking about. I made the mistake of making them on what looked like a cool foggy morning last Sept, but by the time my friends arrived it was hot and humid. Not what I wanted at all.

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      shannoninstlouis Aug 24, 2007 04:02 PM

      How funny to read this as I'm planning a charity dinner party for the end of September. I'm dreaming of braised short ribs!

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        ccferg Aug 24, 2007 06:05 PM

        Where do you live? Braised short ribs could probably be a transition meal depending on the sides.

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          shannoninstlouis Aug 24, 2007 08:19 PM

          I'm in St. Louis MO and it could be either warm or chilly here at that time of year. But I don't really care. The recipe sounded so good and it can be made ahead so I'm going for it. Global warming be damned!

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        charmedgirl Aug 25, 2007 05:58 AM

        I've been craving butternut squash like you wouldn't believe. Roasted root vegetables might be my all time favorite fall food. I can't wait. :-D

        1. LindaWhit Aug 25, 2007 06:35 AM

          Pot roast. Specifically, my Mom's Lemon Pot Roast. It's just the right thing to have on a cool autumn evening. Earlier this week (and last weekend) it was *almost* cool enough in the Boston area to have warranted making it, but with today's expected 95° temps and high humidity, I'll wait a little bit. :-)

          1. bitsubeats Aug 25, 2007 07:18 AM

            Im dreaming of the produce. I can't wait to get some really good, juicy, and crisp apples and pears. I refuse to buy either one in the summer. I also can't wait for squashes, slow simmered stews, and braises

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              foodseek Aug 25, 2007 12:01 PM

              Although I can't make a decent pie crust as much as I have tried-what I look forward to in the fall is the first warm slice of apple pie-apples just taste and smell different in the fall. Funny how certain foods can not be enjoyed out of season-much like wearing white shoes after Labor Day.

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                cookingschool Aug 25, 2007 01:17 PM

                Yes, apple pie! That is always the first thing I look forward to making....but it has to be October...for the World Series.... the first apple pie of the season. Then by November, it's pumpkin and pecan. For my crust, I use Best Recipe's American Pie Crust. It's pretty much "no-fail".

            2. coney with everything Aug 25, 2007 07:22 AM

              I'll be the contrarian here--I'm so thrilled to have fresh summer produce and am already dreading the first frost in a couple of months (hopefully no earlier than that!) I love the apples and squash of fall, but the December to May stretch of nothing fresh locally is DEPRESSING. So we gather our rosebuds (and corn, peppers, lettuce...)while we may, for time is a-flying.

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                bubbles4me Aug 25, 2007 07:30 AM

                I'm with the rest of the pack on this one, I'm longing for prime rib, fall veggies and full rich wines.

              2. Jennalynn Aug 25, 2007 01:50 PM

                Oh you're making me so sad.

                Since I moved from the East coast to LA, September is the cruelest month. All I'm thinking about is crisp fall weather, big pots of soup on the stove, and warm sweaters.

                But September is usually the hottest month in LA. So I've got at least 6 more weeks of summer summer summer.

                Gazpacho anyone?

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