I’m officially ready for Autumn. I’ve placed my oversized sweaters and boots in the forefront of my closet and I’ve been roasting cinnamon and pumpkin spice for my morning coffee for days now. Here, in New Jersey, our farewell to Summer has been more damp and chilly than usual, and it has only added to my anticipation.
While I am ready for crisp nights, October days and the aroma of chimney smoke, I still have late-Summer heirloom and Jersey tomatoes filling up bowls on my kitchen countertops. These ripe tomatoes have been looking at me all morning. I’m thinking they need one last chance to star as a main seasonal ingredient before their time here officially comes to an end. Since today is rainy and cool again, a simmering pot of comforting tomato soup sounds just perfect to me.