IT'S FALL, YOU GUYS. WE MADE IT. In the words of noted pot roast and red cabbage fan Gerald R. Ford, our long national nightmare is over. At least until April.
Granted, the autumnal equinox only just took place this past Saturday. And it's still pretty damn hot outside. But the cooler air has been sneaking into town in the mornings for the last week or so, tempting us all with a hopeful taste of the lower temperatures we didn't get to fully embrace last year.
And with those brisk, stirring breezes come visions of the fall foods that simply aren't as enjoyable during Houston's almost eternal summer: pecan pies, pumpkin pies, Starbucks lattes flavored like pumpkin pies (shut up), bœuf bourguignon, bun bo hue, pozole, coq au vin, roasted butternut squash, roasted acorn squash, roasted apples (try them; trust me) and so much more.
Besides the bounty of cool weather produce that will start showing up in farmers markets -- spinach, kale, beets, cauliflower, broccoli, pumpkin and more -- these are the dishes we're looking forward to eating the most once the temperatures finally drop.