I love that stuff! It’s the end of summer here, and we had one lone tomato left, so we had bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwiches for supper. Well, soup and sandwich is good, and there was a touch of autumn in the air, and I was prime for peanut butter soup–or, if you prefer, ground nut stew.

Peanut Butter Soup

  • water and bouillon or broth — I used vegetable
  • chopped carrots
  • diced celery
  • other veggies as desired–I had some fresh green beans
  • salt, pepper, marjoram
  • chunky peanut butter
  • ground red pepper

Cook the veggies until as tender as you like. Add a tablespoon or so of chunky peanut butter per cup of broth and stir until it’s melted. If everybody likes spice, add red pepper to taste to the soup. My husband doesn’t like spicy food, so I sprinkle some into my own bowl. GOOD soup!

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My mother and I are going to hit the farmers’ market this morning. It won’t be in operation much longer this year, alas! There might not be anybody there today, as a matter of fact, depending on what the windstorm did to their crops or how much cleanup they need to do. I’m hoping for some more green beans, maybe another tomato, maybe some late corn. There’ll be fruit, but the fruit lady only brings exotic varieties and I can’t afford them–I don’t like them, either, as I happily discovered when she cut me off a sample.

After we go to the market, we’re going out for breakfast. There’s a place called Joy’Z diner that’s good home cooking. I don’t know how they can make store-bought eggs and store-bought bread taste so darned good, but they do.

Then, this evening, we’re going to the Independencia Festival put on by the local Latino/Latina community, with chicken enchiladas and a silent auction. Never a dull moment, in our little town!

MA

writing exercise: Ask your characters what their favorite fall foods are–what do they get a taste for, when the weather and the light noticeably change.

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