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Fall 2018 Issue

Photography By Natalie Cody Gantz | Last Updated August 30, 2018
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Fall 2018 cover

I have always loved fall.

Maybe because it is the season of my birth. Most likely it is because I am a confirmed “nester,” in the sense that I find tremendous pleasure, and peace, in the making and maintaining of a home—literally, as well as figuratively.

During my childhood, my maternal grandmother spent a lot of the late summer and early fall preserving summer produce that would nourish and delight our family and friends until the following summer brought fresh crops. This meant canning tomatoes and spiced peaches, pickling her signature sweet and spicy “14-Day Pickles,” and shucking bushels of corn and stuffing hundreds of summer squash, all bound for the freezer.

This bustle of activity was anything but arduous for her; these were labors of love. I clearly inherited the appreciation of these tasks from my grandmother. After summers spent in far-flung locales, the palpable sense that friends are returning home, kids are heading back to school and most of us are settling into familiar routines, is both reassuring and full of expectation of gatherings to come.

This year in particular, after last year’s devastating wildfires in our area, and the tragic fires that have already burned this year, I am keeping in mind those who have lost their physical homes, and hoping that they have found, or will soon find, a new home, filled with loved ones and nourishing and delicious foods that comfort the body as well as the soul.

I am also giving thanks to the talented writers, photographers and others who have contributed to the beautiful soup pot that is this Fall 2018 issue—one of my favorites so far. And to our advertising partners who make it all possible. And to you, dear readers!

Happy fall, y’all!

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