“Mom, I'm bringing my girlfriend home for Christmas Eve dinner. She can't wait to meet you, and by the way, she is vegan.”
The angle of the sun has changed, the sky is bluer, the mornings are crisper and the smell of campfires and stew pots is in the air. Even though our Texas temperatures may take a warm turn again, it is time for soups and stews. To be truthful, I could eat soups and stews year ‘round if the room was cool enough. I look forward to this time of year for the deep, rich flavors and the comfort of this favorite cool weather food.
In cities across America, groups large and small joined together to host canning parties in August. More parties are planned in September. People are beginning to remember the joy of eating produce from local gardens and orchards and discovering the pleasure of preserving those products for colder days and long winter nights.