I think the Fall might be my favorite season of all for cooking.
Summer is over and the pace of life has changed to match. All of the hectic events and activities of the warmer months have given way to the measured pace of school and work. Daylight is becoming increasingly parsimonious, and our eating shifts towards hearty comfort foods, warming peasant foods.
Tonight, I put together the first paella of the season. Red and green and orange, colors suited to the gradual turning of the leaves. Fluffy but heavy. Moist and savory. Saffron and bay, onion and garlic.