What are you cooking this season?
We're here; we've made it. We're in the season of indulgent, guilt-free cooking—my favorite time of year to be in the kitchen. My old routine creeps back in: I get home from work at 5:30, immediately change into pajamas and thick socks, and post up in my kitchen (usually with a glass of red wine, drinking the remainder of whatever the recipe at hand calls for). I'm either over the stove or perched on the corner counter top while Jon takes the reigns. For the first time in months, I fully embrace the indulgence of time and energy that comes along with fall cooking and baking. Whereas summer nights were spent outside or elsewhere (grilling at 9 PM was usually how our nights would end, if cooking dinner at all), November just feels right passing hours in the kitchen. The long prep; the slow braising; the smells that permeate the whole house; the darkness outside. Even the planning, which feels so cumbersome in the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants summer months, becomes so soothing and enjoyable—Bon Appetit becomes a familiar, daily respite once again. Do you feel the same way this time of year? If so, what are you looking forward to cooking? For me, it's all of the things. With all of the butter, all of the wine, all of the cheese, and all of the winter herbs.