With the recent hot weather, I'm not quite ready for Thanksgiving cooking.
By Judi Gallagher
O.K., will someone please tell me how it got to be the first week in November? Clearly, the 90-plus-degree weekend did not help me get in the pre-Thanksgiving recipe mode. I mean, I have numerous culinary magazines and cookbooks ready to go. I just can’t bear the thought of, well, quite frankly, thinking about roasting anything right now. Surely, the time will come where I start to simmer cranberries with ginger and orange rind and eventually I might even call Fresh Market and place my order for a nice big fresh turkey, but for now, I don’t have that holiday cooking groove.
My husband gave me a very generous gift of antique copper pots, and our son and daughter-in-law donated their large copper sauté pan since they have yet to use it in their 10-year marriage. I would have thought by now I would be testing caramel sauce for Granny Smith apples and beginning the “hot mulled cider” on weekend mornings routine. So today, I turned on the Weather Channel—up to two feet of snow in parts of Colorado and freezing rain in New York.
My new copper pans await the next cool front.
Enough complaining. I hear BBQ turkey and grilled corn on the cob is really the way the pilgrims ate it; and for the mulled cider, throw me a few ice cubes and enjoy our Sarasota autumns, whatever degree they might be.
Now, do not forget this upcoming weekend ushers in the Suncoast Food and Wine Festival on the polo grounds at Lakewood Ranch. More than 30 restaurants and dozens of wineries make this day of grazing and sipping a wonderful way to help the community. Tickets are not sold at the gate, so log on to www.suncoastwinefestival.com for ticket outlets. See you there!