Isn’t fall grand? I’m so excited for all of the new produce that’s available this time of year. So sad, though, that winter is on its way. (Also sad is that Denison isn’t putting any of their awesome garlic in our CSA shares, what the hell is that about?) This weather has me making soups. I should probably start freezing them. I made my broth-based butternut corn chowder on Saturday and a potato, leek cheddar & beer soup on Sunday. I roasted a chicken last night and am getting a box of new veggies tonight so will probably make a chicken soup of some kind tonight. What I really need to do is take the time one of these days to make Julia Child’s French bread recipe. Or, even easier, pick up a loaf from the Placid Baker or Our Daily Bread at Saturday’s market. Yum yum yum.
I should change the name of my blog in October from Good Wine to Good Beer. Maybe it’s some of that German blood, but I love beer when the leaves start to change. I bought a ridiculous number of pumpkin beers from Oliver’s last week. Sadly, none have been all that great but I still have another half dozen to get through.
In Good Wine news, I have fallen in love with the little wine shop in the Hannaford plaza parking lot on Wolf Road. They have a really nice selection and a variety of price ranges. I’ve found some great bottles in there. The shopkeepers are really helpful too.
It’s October, forget about your pink plastic crap and ribbons made in China* – it’s Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month! If you hadn’t noticed, I love my dogs. I am so grateful to Homeward Bound. They rescue dogs from high kill shelters in the south and the dogs live in foster homes until they’re adopted. Their dogs are fully vetted, spayed or neutered and are showered with love, training and affection until they are adopted. Homeward Bound is just one of the many great rescue organizations in the Capital District, but HB will always be near and dear to my heart for giving me my two amazing companions. They have all kinds of dogs from small to big and purebred to crazy mixes (like my very own Kentucky Special, Agent Cooper). Mixed breeds are awesome – Agent Cooper has a stomach of steel and will probably live to 25 if his curiosity doesn’t kill him first. Not only that, but that boy stopped someone from robbing my neighbor’s house a few months ago. He’s a hero and he’s all mine. Check out Homeward Bound’s Facebook page to see their current dogs available for adoption.
*Cancer is an epidemic but we’re all “aware” of it and football players wearing pink shoes aren’t going to change a goddamn thing. We all hate cancer; ribbons and bracelets aren’t doing anything to help. Want to help? Find a good charity that actually funds research and write them a check so that 100% of your money goes to the cause rather than the 1-5% that your purchase of useless pink and yellow crap is providing while someone else is raking in profits in the name of cancer “awareness”. Maybe I should have put this under a “good whine” heading.