AUTUMN IN THE SOUTH, especially New Orleans, starts out looking and feeling a lot like summer. But that doesn’t make me look forward to it any less. Perhaps it’s the joy of knowing the temperature will drop any time now and soon throw blankets, hot beverages and crisp evening walks will prevail.
This issue has afforded me the excuse to daydream about nights spent around the fire pit, infusing our space with the warm, spicy scents, colors and textures of fall and experimenting with seasonal dishes in the kitchen. The following pages have all of that and more.
That said, the offering I’m most excited about is having finally scored the recipe for my favorite cookie. The sweet, chewy, oatmeal crème sandwich from The Station in Mid-City is a guilty pleasure I happily drive nearly 4.5 miles to enjoy multiple times per month. I selfishly tasked “Gatherings” writer Margaret Zainey Roux with procuring it for the issue and she tackled it with her signature enthusiasm. My sincerest thanks go to the talented pastry chef and co-owner of The Station, Megan Walker, for sharing this dreamy confection with us. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Perfecting the recipe at home however won’t deter me from jaunts to Mid-City to pick up a few. Who wants to be stuck in the kitchen when we’ve waited all year long for sweater weather? Cheers!