With the passing of Halloween, we turn yet another corner, eyes set squarely now on the coming of another holiday season. Breaks don’t come easily any more, do they? Each new week, month, and season arrive now only bringing with them another flurry of busyness. Amid these periods of movement and strategy, planning and careful manipulation, busyness arrives like waves in a wavepool – periodic insanity punctuated by moments of peace and tranquility. But the problem, of course, is that you can’t even enjoy them because deep down you’re expecting the alarm to sound at any given moment.
So as we wait; wait for the family to RSVP for Thanksgiving dinner, wait for the nieces and nephews to send you their hastily-made Christmas lists, and wait for the general tumult that accompanies this time of year, let’s take the few moments of peace we do have and reflect.
Last week we finished our Fall Harvest Week and cannot thank our lovely readers enough for their turnout. We thank them not only for their presence but for their appetites. What a tremendous way to celebrate fall with good food grown and sourced locally and ethically in this exquisite corner of the Garden State. We cannot thank our sponsors enough. We cannot thank our participating restaurants enough. And again, above all, we cannot do nearly enough to thank those who joined us. We thank you for your support and we eagerly await the next time we’ll be brought back around the table.
Enjoy this down time while you can, now that the Halloween costumes have gone back into the closet and it’s yet a little too early to haul out the Christmas lights. We know everyone has that overachieving couple at the end of your block; the ones who kick the Jack-O-Lanterns to the curb the same day the giant inflatable turkeys go up in the yard. Do not let them intimidate you. Close the curtains, open up the liquor cabinet, and make one of those drinks we wrote about in October. Fill your kitchen with fall aromas! Bake with reckless autumnal abandon! Whip up some pumpkin bread. Go ahead and try to recreate one of your favorite dishes from FHW. Keep resting up for us and we’ll be back in a week with new recipes and tips for the holidays!