Hello friends! We’ve spun full speed ahead through another long, news filled week.
I want to start out by saying that my thoughts on this Friday are with the victims of the west coast wildfires (more on that below)… as well as the thousands of families mourning loved ones they lost at the World Trade Center 19 years ago today. If you can, take a moment this weekend to check in with yourself and tell your own loved ones just how much you care about them.
On a lighter note, I hope everyone was able to have a safe, fun and memorable long weekend in some way to cap off the summer. But now that we’re getting into September, the pumpkin is coming out, I’m seeing mums everywhere and all things fall are back. And I am here for it.
While some things are obviously going to be different, I’m feeling grateful that this changing of seasons gives us some things to look forward to and be joyful about that aren’t impacted by masks, social distancing and all the other things that come along with this pandemic. Things like changing leaves, autumn sunsets and all the colors of fall; the cozy feeling of all your favorite sweaters; your favorite comfort food recipes for the colder evenings to come; the smell of cinnamon, maple, vanilla and all those glorious fall candles…and I’m sure you can add to this list.
I’m trying to stay focused on the little moments when I feel overwhelmed by the bigger picture that seems so much more out of control right now.
I hope you can find some little moments for yourself this week too! Keep scrolling for this week’s food for thought.
Some things to chew on…
- Millions of people are having to evacuate their homes as dozens of deadly wildfires rage in California, Oregon and Washington. Here in Seattle, we‘ve been smelling smoke in the air and there’s been a haze over the city for several days, but otherwise I’m thankful we’re safe. But my heart goes out to all the people who are being impacted by this awful and scary situation, especially in the midst of a pandemic. And here’s a hard truth. The scariest part of all of this, is that we’ve got a lot more destructive and deadly scenarios like this ahead if we don’t have a serious reckoning with climate change. Read here if you want to stay up to date with the latest information on the current fires. You can also read here about donating to the Red Cross to help the victims of these wildfires.
- Question. How much do you know about the food on your table, and how it got there? Something I don’t think we consider enough is the people who actually make it possible for us to easily buy all the produce we get at the grocery store. It’s an essential job (literally feeding America) that is exhausting, difficult and thankless. It’s a job most often done by poorer, minority populations. And now these essential workers are facing multiple new threats to their health and livelihood. I found these articles about how the pandemic, the wildfires, and increasing heat waves (thanks to climate change) have affected farm workers in America to be very eye-opening and worth reading.
- “The pandemic has decimated the restaurant industry as we know it, exposing its fault lines and inequities…now what?” That’s the question being answered in a series of articles recently published on Eater. One thing we know for sure is that eating out isn’t going to feel the same again for a long time. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a few of my most beloved restaurants permanently close because of the pandemic. This series provides an informative look behind the curtain of the restaurant world, so you can be more mindful the next time you venture out for dinner.
Some fun foodie news…
- Eater published a really interested article about how the pandemic, and it’s impact on our cooking habits, has spurred a resurgence for spice blends. Read more about the history of these traditional culinary staples, their evolving place in different cooking cultures, and what this resurgence can teach us both in and out of the kitchen.
- So, not sure what to make of this one. Dairy Queen is apparently out with a new collection of Fall…candles. That’s right. The fast-food chain is selling a variety of candles, with scents inspired by some of it’s seasonal Blizzard flavors. Let me know if you give these a try. 😝
- Chick-fil-a is adding some new items to the menu, and they roll out on Monday. Chocolate lovers, this is good news for you.
And a few treats to leave you with…
- Mark your calendars. The new season of The Great British Baking Show is out September 22. If you haven’t watched, add it to your list right now. This show is everything we need during COVID.
- Love this huge list of 44 fall cocktail recipes to try right now…because we’ve earned it. I hear an Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule calling my name right now.
- I hope this makes you smile, too! A farmer in Wisconsin planted 2 million sunflowers in his fields… for no other reason than to spread some joy during the pandemic. More pictures here.
Did you like something in particular from this newsletter? Or did you see a story out there that I should know about? Please reach out and let me know!