Autumn Abundance

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The obligatory mass mushroom shot…I probably posted one just like this, same time last year. But I can’t help myself, they’re so beautiful. And there is a difference–last year we had to scratch to come up with enough for a photo like this one. But this year, the chanterelles started way back in August and they’ve just kept sprouting in ever-increasing numbers. The kids and I picked almost 10 pounds in about an hour of casual woods-walking Saturday. Guess the wettest September in history is worth something after all.

Tonight Stacy roasted a whole chicken, then made a sauce with the pan drippings and chanterelles. Roasted Yukon Gold potatoes and sweet, late-season carrots on the side. The house smelled unbelievably good. And we fired up the wood stove for the first time this season, too.

A perfect evening to give up my nostalgic dreams of summer and embrace the season.

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