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It’s hard to believe, but we will be welcoming Autumn before we know it!

We‘re still having heatwaves here in Cali-but the weather has given some signs of Fall: had a good amount of wind and even some thunder showers, humidity has been way too prevalent for my liking and the nights have cooled quite a bit.

Now it’s no secret that I love summer, the sun and all the grilling IN THE LIGHT OF EVENING, but Fall is one of my favorite seasons as well.

Fall has warm and breezy days, you don’t have to give up shorts until almost Thanksgiving (remember I’m a born and bred Cali girl)and while a sweater is necessary in the evenings-a coat is not required!

Autumn also makes it a great time to bring out the dutch oven, the crockpot and the stock pot for pot roasts, stews, stoups and soups.  It’s my comfort food season.

Our son hates fall-I don’t know why, but the man doesn’t like soup!  Unless I’m making a pot of split pea or chicken soup with matzoh balls.

I no longer have to worry about this little thing though-he’s a married man with a home of his own.  When they come for dinner-I serve anything but soup!

Our daughter and family really like soup and stews-even the little guys.  Especially the matzoh balls.  I’ve seen those two dividends eat a whole bowl all by themselves.

My husband loves most of whatever I put together-which is a blessing, because I have a method of clearing out the fridge in the fall by making “Must Go Soup“.  It’s delicious and it clears the house of tidbits and tired looking leftovers and “re-purposes” (don’t you just love that designer phrase?) them into a tasty meal or two.

My tips for MUST GO are simple:  Use good stock.  For a great and fast way to boost the flavor, add a jar of your favorite pasta sauce.  Cut all the veggies into like sizes and not too small.  If all your additions are seasoned in some way-find a way to compliment the flavors-not fight them!

An example:  If you made teriyaki chicken-don’t season the pot with herbs such as rosemary or mint.  They won’t jive.  And if you have Asian flavors-skip the jar of pasta sauce, it really won’t taste that great.  Try keeping the broth thin and use leftover rice or pasta instead of potatoes or beans.

Catching on?  One of the soups I came up with one time is when I used cumin and cinnamon on some roasted veggies and chicken-which reminded me of Indian flavors-so I went with chicken stock, fresh ginger slices and I used stewed tomatoes that were fire-roasted with jalapenos.  I added some remnants of cauliflower and potatoes and voila, the meal had a very Indian flair to it.

This week-we‘re ushering in a new season for meal ideas, My favorites are here and I love serving it with some homemade quick breads or some artisan bread that has been grilled with some homemade garlic spread and toasted.

Now-share some of your favorite comfort fall foods-next week, we’ll be talking fall desserts!

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 7, 2011
    • We love soup! the weather here is still pretty hot in the evenings so if I make soup at all, it’s gazpacho. Joe loves that. I’m looking forward to putting on some good stews and soups this fall, though. We can eat on a pot of soup for days and not tire of it.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Sep 8, 2011
    • same here Cynthia.  When it whittles down to the last bowl-I send it w/ dh for one of his work meals.



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      Connie Wray wrote Sep 8, 2011
    • Mine is called everything including the kitchen sink. It starts vegetarian. I start it in a 5qt slow cooker. I put water,carrots,celery, fresh parsely,rosemary,onion,bay leaf,garlic,tomatoes,peppers of all kinds and colors and what ever else I find in the fridge that makes me say HUMM! I soak dry beans the night before and add them as well. Nice thing about this soup is that you take a part of it each day and add what ever meat you want over the course of the time it takes to use the stock up. It has been cold and wet here all week.The dead leaves and a few colored ones have fallen totally covering the ground. Fall is coming way faster than usual. That scares me as it could mean a longer winter. Take care, Connie



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      Butterflyrose wrote Sep 11, 2011
    • I have a yearning for comfort foods. Just as soon as the weather is a bit cooler-look out Wanda’s soup! The crock pot will come out!

      Great post!  I love fall too.

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      Marya1961 wrote Sep 11, 2011
    • We also love soup!estatic



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      Carine Nadel wrote Sep 11, 2011
    • Except for our son, I think most of us seem to crave soups and stews in the Fall and Winter.

      Warm, comforting and depending on what you put in it-quite healthy!



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