Before summer is gone…

This week I noticed it’s getting dark by 8 o’clock and you can feel a certain chill to the air. My driveway is littered with fallen leaves, I have begun to see Halloween candy in the supermarket and I finally had to start using a bike light for my evening commute.

These things terrify me because it means that fall is approaching. Now I have no problem with autumn — we get along okay. I like the changing of colors and snuggling up on the couch with my kitties while a chicken roasts in the oven. My problem with fall is that winter is close behind it, and well, let’s just say it’s my least favorite season.

But before I get too sad, there’s still some leftovers from summer here to enjoy. One of my favorite things is tomatoes — delicious, sweet, warm tomatoes. Growing up in Alaska, I had no idea how good a tomato could be until I moved to Oregon. I was astonished.

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Bloody Marys are great in any form, even as a steak sauce

It sadly took me way too long to discover how delightful Bloody Marys are. But once I tried my first sip years ago, it was over. I was hopelessly hooked. I have (almost entirely) given up mimosas and Kir Royales at brunch. Instead a delicious spicy tomato cocktail is the first thing on my mind. In fact, I often make myself a bloody when  get home from work. I figure the V8 in it gives me a good vitamin boost and the vodka takes the edge off a stressful day. Two things I consider equally important.

A common sight in my house!

So when I saw this amazing recipe in Bon Appetit, it didn’t even get a chance to languish in my binder of recipes. I don’t think I made it more than a week before buying the celery seeds and firing up the grill.

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