Wednesday, September 2, 2009

What's In Store for September

September? Seriously? If it's true that the years go by faster as one ages, I am fairly certain I will blink my eyes when I'm 58 and be 72 the next time I open them, that's how fast things seem to be flying these days. Regardless, here we are, approaching one of my favorite seasons, autumn. It's still sunny & bright out, the weather not quite as warm, and the anticipation of cozying up with cold weather foods & activities begins to tickle you. I love my sunny days, but I truly enjoy the crispness of fall.

Unfortunately, I live in Sacramento, so I will not only have to wait until late October to really start experiencing this wonderful season, I will also have to be content with the fact that autumn lasts about 4.7 seconds in this area. Leaves on trees start doing their thing whenever so inclined, it's still warm & balmy outside, and there is no point in trying to bake anything because the extra heat would just be torture. Still, I can't complain too much? Where else could I still enjoy dinners al fresco throughout the month of September and beyond, without having to drown in atmospheric humidity?

Anywho, my point is that it's September and doesn't feel like it to me. But that means I still have a few more weeks of potential BBQing and other outside dining activities, and tons more salad opportunities. Besides all that, here's what's in store for September:

~ Eggplant. And red potatoes. I am obsessed with the two right now and you will just have to allow yourself to be subjected to this. If I can combine the two in a tasty, interesting, and cheap fashion, you'll be the first to know. For now just know that more eggplant and red potatoes are in your near future.

~ Chicken with fruit. Or meat with fruit in general. Why this took so long to become a superhuge, in-your-home trend, I will never know, but I'm glad it is and I'm having fun playing with my food again. Look for a couple of those recipes very soon.

~ PGEW To Go seems to be doing fairly well and I definitely appreciate the support of everyone who has ordered one. I sincerely apologize for the delays in shipping, too. I'm the only one who gets these printed and shipped, and I was definitely not expecting the kind of response I had, so things got very backed up! I'm pretty much caught up now, so if you've been holding off on buying one, feel free to take the plunge and get one. I'm well-stocked right now.

~ Yours truly will be featured on KOVR 13's Save with Dave feature next Wednesday at 5pm! If you're a Sac local be sure to tune in, and if you're not, sit tight and I will post a link to the story the minute they send it to me. Here's to hoping the camera won't add 246308279 pounds!

That's all I have planned for now, but that doesn't mean that's all that will happen this month! I have a ton of dried goods I need to use, as well as some fun dessert ideas up my sleeve, so there'll be plenty to keep both you & me busy! Happy September!


  1. Does that mean that the Pumpkin items don't make an appearance by you until much later?

  2. Re:Eggplant and Red Potatoes, I share your enthusiasm and would recommend looking into moussaka or briami...the Greeks have that combination down and they add all sorts of other loveliness to the mix!

    And I am 100% with you on Fall. Crisp, clear days of gold and orange and leather boots and firepits and apple-picking (for we of the MidWest anyway).

  3. Bad news:
    I am now a statistic of the laid off variety.

    Good news:
    I will be checking your website even more often!

    Oh, and I visited some friends in Sac. this weekend and went to that farmers market at W & 3rd. Is that the one you go to? I've read "under the freeway" and figure it has to be the same one. If so...DAMN! Amazing, truly amazing. It's really no wonder you can eat so well!

  4. Aw, Sarah! I'm so sorry to hear about the layoff. If you ever need even more survival techniques (trust me, I know a lot more than just how to eat well!), please feel free to email me. I would be MORE than happy to help!

    And yes, you were at the same farmers market that I go to! I was there today with my mom, actually. Glad you loved it as much as I do!

  5. Cool! Thanks for the offer...give me a couple months and we'll see how I'm doing. I already feel pretty smart for discovering that there's a little non-profit urban farm/market stand just TWO BLOCKS from my house that sells organic produce Tuesday afternoons AT COST. Local, organic, and cheap--I think I'm in heaven. As you can tell, I'm still patting myself on the back...



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