Lynn’s post yesterday about The Pull of the Water in the summer, and the rapidly approaching end of summer, got me thinking. I absolutely adore the summer (well, when we actually have one here), and truly wish I still lived right next to Lake Michigan. But, there are also things I look forward to about the fall (not the winter, but the fall).

I cook in a completely different way in the fall than I do in the summer. In the summer I tend to live on salads, sandwiches, fruit, and the occasional cooked meal. Once fall comes, I start making homemade soups, casseroles, roasted vegetables, and all kinds of dishes I virtually never make in the summer. While I use recipes from time to time, I also improvise a great deal with this type of cooking.

This past month, I started yearning for homemade soup, and actually attempted to make split pea soup twice. I’m not sure if it was because it was hot outside, or something else, but both attempts were complete failures. The first time, the soup was almost tasteless, and I swear I added lots of different seasonings, as well as a real mix of veggies. The second time the soup had taste, but the taste wasn’t good, and the peas were rock hard (despite soaking overnight, and cooking for hours).

So, I’m thinking I won’t be making split pea soup any time soon (unless someone has a recipe to recommend). But, I’m going shopping today to look for veggies for a nice chicken vegetable soup. Sure, it’s going to be nearly 80 out, but I sense fall is coming.

Do you cook differently in the fall than the summer? Do you have any favorite soup recipes you’d like to share?

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My first memory is sitting with my mother on a blanket in our backyard surrounded by books and she is reading one of them to me. My love of reading was encouraged by my parents and it continues to today. I’ve gone through a lot of different genres over the years, but I currently primarily read mysteries (historical mysteries are my favorites) and romances (focusing on contemporaries, categories, and steampunk). When I’m not reading or working, I love to travel, knit, and work on various community projects.