This time of year makes me smile. And while we may not relish the early nightfall that squashes those favorite after-dinner strolls, who can resist the falling leaves, saturated in fiery color, or the gaggle of holidays from Halloween to Diwali, Thanksgiving and beyond? Call me odd, but I crave weather that pleads its case for a cozy jacket on foggy mornings. The drizzly weekends that prompt card games and family hang out time.
And the soup. This is its season. Steamy broth laced with vegetable chunks, lentils or healthy greens. Add a few noodles and fresh herbs. Spice it up if you like. Or purée the lot to a satiny consistency that swaddles the spoon like a blanket. There’s any number of possibilities. All warm. All delicious.