As Autumn is quickly approaching I am reminded of my most favorite holiday, Halloween. Few know the true meaning, as it has been speculated that the holiday marks the end of the summer or the beginning of costumes and candy. The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even (“evening”), that is, the night before All Hallows Day.
Halloween for us now marks two very distinct holidays…the onset of Autumn and from a chef’s point of view, edible (as opposed to carve-able) pumpkins, butternut squash, farro, celery root, the scent of cinnamon simmering on a pot on the stove and apples galore. It also marks the birthday of our son, born 2 1/2 months early just 5 days before my favorite holiday. We now have two reasons to celebrate.