I mean, really, this fall has been nearly devoid of color, and I’m not one bit happy about it. Last year, I wrote rapturous melodies about the extraordinary color we were having. This fall, not so much.
Only last week, we had some cool nights and warmer days along with a good rain of two inches at my house. Cool nights and warm days prime the pump for a good display, and this afternoon as I walked around the garden just perusing what is left; what needs a bit more mulch; and where oh where will I plant the rest of these bulbs; I was astounded at some of the color.
I sighed in happiness at the beauty, and so, I guess I can wait for spring.
This time of year I crave color more than a gluten free snickerdoodle cookie (they are my favorite cookie above all). I can’t use one of Ginger Lemon Girl’s master baking mixes because it has dried milk, but I like the flour mix in Gluten-Free Baking Classics so I would substitute it for hers. However, if you want to keep it really simple, you could use Gluten Free Bisquick.
Yes, Virginia, it really does exist. It’s not very good for you, but these are cookies after all.
Now, I’ve gone from fall color to cooking. I’m sorry, but with less to do in the garden, my mind wanders to other hobbies like reading and cooking.
When it’s cool, don’t you also crave soups? I make one nearly every night, alternating a more difficult recipes like Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon with some handy little gluten free mixes I found at our local Gourmet Gallery, but also online. Tonight is Homemade in Minutes South of the border tortilla soup. Easy, as long as you have either canned tomatoes with green chilis or salsa, along with chicken broth in your cabinet. By the by, check out the labels on the broth. Some have gluten. Progresso does not. The other night I made Frontier’s Homemade in Minutes chicken soup (gluten free with corn pasta), and it was so good. For those of you who can eat without allergies, I know you’re thinking, What? But, for those of us, who have to read every label, convenience is extremely rare. These soups are delicious and nice to have in the pantry for a Sunday night supper.
Speaking of recipes, while at Best of Books last week, I bought three new cookbooks. Allergy-Free Desserts: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free,Soy-free and Nut-free Delights, by Elizabeth Gordon looks promising. The rhubarb galette will need to wait for spring, but I am ready to try some of her pie crusts for Thanksgiving. The Allergy-Free Cookbook: More than 150 Delicious Recipes for a Happy and Healthy Diet, by Eileen Rhude Yoder, Ph.D. also has promise. I’m a pretty experienced cook and now understand how to manage my allergies, but she had some recipes which I found interesting. Finally, I bought The Earthbound Cook: 250 Recipes for Delicious Food and a Healthy Planet, by Myra Goodman just because the photographs of farms and harvest were so beautiful. What can I say? I’m a sucker for garden eye candy.
Is there anything better than fall color, the love of children, hot apple cider and soup? I don’t think so. How about you? What are you doing and preparing now that winter is nearly here?