The breezes taste
of apple peel.
The air is full
of smells to feel;
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
With a morning haze.
Isn't September just such a lovely month? And doesn't John Updike's poem
capture it so well? Or at least as well as a lovely month can be captured with mere words?
In just a couple of weeks it will be "officially" autumn in the northern hemisphere whether or not it exactly feels like autumn yet . In the West it is still very warm, but from what I've been reading across the net that's not stopping anyone from jumping right into the season, whether its in decorating or cooking or in organizing households for the new school year.
So here's my first contribution to the new season..........a meal I've been making on the first day of autumn for quite a few years now. It's from a little cookbook I picked up in the late 80's and the quick and easy main dish is called Skillet Sombrero Pie.
Photo from "Holiday Cooking with Kids" by Janet Wilk
Skillet Sombrero Pie
Makes 6 servings
Prep time: 45 minutes
I pound ground beef
1 10- ounce package frozen corn, thawed
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 16-ounce can tomatoes
1 tablespoon instant minced onion
if you're like me you add 1/2 diced onion instead
1 1 3/4 -ounce package chili seasoning mix
1 6-ounce package corn chips
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
large deep skillet
1. Stir ground beef and onion in skillet over medium heat until it browns
2. Stir in corn, tomato sauce, tomatoes, and seasoning mix
3. Turn heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes
4. Arrange chips in ring around edge of skillet
5. Sprinkle cheese in center and cook until cheese melts, 3 to 5 minutes
6. Serve pie directly from skillet
I usually serve this simply with a green salad. Like in the photo, we have "Monster M&M Cookies" for dessert and if the weather is cooperating, even a little bit, we have the hot apple cider to drink........otherwise it's great big glasses of ice cold apple juice.
Hope you're making plans to enjoy the great season ahead!
I'm linking up with these sites on this lovely "almost autumn" weekend. Be sure to visit them..... just click on the photos........