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I donít know how the weather just knows. But I swear: as soon as Labor Day hit this year, I could feel it in the air. The temperature dropped down just enough to have me reaching for long sleeves and a light coat. Bye-bye to the skimpy tanks and breezy skirts Iíd worn just the week before -- summer had vanished, poof! And in its place was the fall.
Thereís a bittersweet beauty to fall that Iíve always kind of loved. Unlike summer, which is all bright sunshine and fun-fun-fun, fall strikes me as a bit more serious. Itís back-to-school and flowers starting to die back; itís nostalgia bathed in the golden glow of low sunlight on red-orange-yellow trees. Fall gets me feeling a bit more introspective; I get a little lost in my thoughts. And maybe Iím not the only one: This time of year, between the end of the summer grilling season and the crazy costume hoopla of Halloween, can be a bit of a social dead zone.
Still, while a little you-time can certainly be good, these early days of autumn are just too lovely to spend all by oneís lonesome. Liven things up a little by having a few friends over for a dinner party that features the earthy hearty flavors of the season. Here are some ideas to get you started as you plan your early fall feastÖ