It’s 95 degrees outside here as I write this. It feels strange to be saying goodbye to a season that seems very intent on not saying goodbye to me. Alas, the first dove hunts of the year have happened and SEC football has kicked off in grand fashion which can only mean one thing. It’s time to talk fall, y’all.
This week the idea bombs have been going off in my head. I wonder where there’s room for them to happen amidst all the hustle and bustle that is autumn around here. Knee deep in Southern-ness, to say fall is a happening season may be the understatement of the year. Fall means it’s time to harvest – and preserve the harvest. It’s time to celebrate our national sport: football – and all the travel and tailgate feasts that go with it. A prolific set of food and drink festivals and celebrations dot our landscape. And the threat of winter somehow nudges our Southern souls to prepare, even though that looks different for almost all of us. It seems like when school goes back in session, whether a parent of a student or not, we Southern adults feel compelled to work on projects, to cook more, to socialize more, even to plan more travel. We DO more as the weather cools off. Perhaps the cooler weather is the most obvious reason of all.
In the idea category, watch closely for what’s coming soon from Eat Y’all. We’re just around the corner from announcing new dates in our Chef’s Table series as well as the launch of the weekly Let’s Eat, Y’all Radio Show and podcast series. We’ve got some other amazing announcements waiting in the wings, and I hope that as the weather cools off, you’ll be just as frisky as we are about sampling all that the harvest season offers us here in the South.
I think a lot. And I find myself in a seemingly constant internal debate over the matter of “GMOs.” For starters, if it’s going to be called a “debate,” I wonder why it can’t be a bit more two-sided. I wonder a lot of things, really, but this week I was pleased to find a couple of truly thought-provoking editorials on the topic that I thought I’d share with you. Maybe they add more balance; maybe not. Feel free to leave comments below to continue the discussion.
» Why we really should care about boosting farm yields
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I’m loving what the folks at Modern Farmer are doing. If you haven’t already, be sure to follow them on Instagram for a peak behind the scenes at farms around the globe. They have a “guest farm” each week that takes over their account and posts, and it’s a lot of fun to follow. But this week, I was snagged by their headline announcing the sinister history of our most beloved Southern fruit, the tomato. I couldn’t resist clicking, and you shouldn’t either.
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I love biographies. It’s a lot of fun to take a peak behind the life curtain of those whom I admire. Of late, I’ve had a little business crush on Natalie Chanin, the Wonder Woman of northeastern Alabama. I hope to meet her one day soon, but in the meantime, I loved the snapshot into her world that Design Sponge provided in their recent profile.
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My week wouldn’t be complete without the discovery of a soul-satisfying recipe to help me use my seasonal produce in new, tasty ways. As it turns out, I found the most ah-mazing and gigantic, sweet and juicy Georgia peaches at a road-side market last weekend. I bought a big ole basket without thinking twice. And I’m gonna use the last of them in this sinfully irresistible Caramelized Peach Whole Wheat White Chocolate Oatmeal Skillet Cookie Pie. My only substitute will be that I really don’t love almonds all that much, so I’ll replace them with a beloved Southern nut like the perfectly powerful peanut or a fall-harvested Southern pecan.
Nonetheless, with a dessert named Caramelized Peach Whole Wheat White Chocolate Oatmeal Skillet Cookie Pie, who needs a main course?
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