SUMMER IS COMING TO AN END. The heat wave is about to break, the temperature’s about to drop, and food is about to get delicious. Autumn is apple season, barbecue season, chili season, and pumpkin beer season. Basically, it’s the best food season there is. So it’s probably time to start making a list of fall comfort foods you absolutely have to try before you die.
Here’s a start to that list. Fact: All of these foods are awesome, and you can eat them all in the southeastern Ohio city of Cambridge. Road trip, anyone?
As soon as summer ends, the world goes pumpkin crazy. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin beer,
Now is the time for fresh-squeezed apple juice and apple cider. Less well known is apple wine. On the edge of Cambridge, Georgetown Vineyards makes an excellent version. A sweet white that’s won numerous awards — including gold at the Tasters Guild International Wine Competition 2016 — its fresh, dry burst of apple flavor is all sorts of tasty.
When I was a kid, my favorite fall days were whenever my dad decided to make chili. It was never the same recipe from year to year as he browned three different types of ground meat, then mixed in a veritable witches’ brew of spices, hot sauces, peppers, and sautéed vegetables. I would have to sit for a minimum of eight hours smelling the dish while he let it simmer.
You can skip the wait by checking out the homemade chili at
Following a summer of light meals, it’s good to go back to hearty, warming dinners. There’s a sandwich that ticks both those boxes, and you can only get it in Cambridge. The Camel Rider at
When God created autumn, he said, “What if I took all the great things about summer (delicious food, sunlight, and the fresh scent of fallen rain), and combined it with all the great things about winter (delicious food, fireplaces, and comfy clothes)?” And lo, autumn was born.
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Toffee gourmet apple
Little is more autumnal than a caramel apple, but maybe it’s time to try something new — like a toffee apple.
Fall is harvest season, which means it’s the best time of year to eat your veggies.
Fall is the best time to eat pizza. Bear with me for a second. In the summer, it sits too heavy in the stomach. In the spring, you’re trying to lose weight for the summer. And in the winter, you eat a pizza and can’t go outside to walk it off.
In the autumn, though, you’re trying to gain weight (you know, like a bear) for the long winter ahead. So it behooves you to eat as heavy a pizza as humanly possible. The obvious call is to get a full supreme from
People talk about summer as if it’s the best barbecuing season. Uh, no. Have you ever cooked over a hot grill during a heat wave? It’s unbearable. The best time for a barbecue is in the fall, when the weather’s a bit cooler, the air’s crisp, and you can use the smoking of meat as an excuse for sitting outside all day with a beer and some friends. If you’re not in the mood for smoking that meat yourself, head over to
Steak and mashed potatoes
There may be no better meal than a grilled steak with mashed potatoes, and
Germany’s traditional Oktoberfest beer, Märzens are known for being light, malty, and slightly caramel-y. They’re just about the best thing you could drink on a crisp autumn day. Imbibe with a warm and pillowy salt-flecked pretzel and you’re truly in Bavarian heaven.
The best place in Ohio to get a Märzen is at the annual Fall Brew-BQ, which comes to Downtown Cambridge on September 17 this year. The street festival will feature local small craft breweries, including Homestead Beer Co., which brews a seasonal Oktoberfest Märzen. Prost!