End of Summer

End of Summer

Autumn Greetings, Friends! Living in a university town makes us keenly aware of the changing seasons, especially when fall arrives. You can just feel the youthful energy of the returning students in the streets. Freshmen (looking younger every year) clump tightly together as they walk the sidewalk wide-eyed and giddy with expectation, upperclassmen run up to each other anxious to reconnect, graduate students equally bunched are wearing their excitement for new connections behind a mask of ennui which quickly melts at the pub. My husband and I love this time of year, and we make a point of strolling down Nassau Street every possible evening to drink it all in. Autumn has its way of reminding us of the passing of time as it reminds of of our own passages. It is a time that invites us to reflect on how we want to age, and how our lifestyle choices reflect our desires. Food is at the center of that as are the long strolls. Both are the building blocks of well-being, and we are reminded how much cooking at home has been so central to our home life. We often think back on the dinners we’ve enjoyed at our house and the dinners to come. As I feel the passing of time, I sense the growing desire to align my cooking habits with a care for health, and I’ll be spending some time with Dorothy Mullen’s Suppers Programs around that. Dorothy asked for my help to make healthy food interesting, delicious and easy to prepare. Like me, she understands the importance of people cooking and eating together with...