28 Oct Tacky. Savory. Sorta fancy. Bringing you the best of fall in three parts (that all happen to end in -y).
SOMETIMES CLASSY TAKES A BACKSEAT TO THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON, WHICH IN HALLOWEEN’S CASE TENDS TO BE ON THE TACKY SIDE. (CLASSY CAN TAKE A HINT. IT KNOWS WHERE IT’S NOT WANTED.)
We asked our staffers for their stories (and photo proof!) of favorite fall memories, new or old, tasteful or tacky. Annnd here’s what they told us.
“I picked up these fun antique beaded spiderwebs at a vintage store ages ago, and they seem to be a crowd pleaser. I mix it up and put them somewhere different every year. The kids love re-discovering them. (Non-real spiders rock.)”
“There was a small family-owned pumpkin patch/farm down the street from the house I grew up in, and we would walk over every year for their Fall Festival. They had a little haunted house, haunted hay ride and (thankfully, non-haunted) pony rides. That combo of scents is the BEST, sans the sweaty pony part – I can still smell it. Caramel apples, popcorn, fresh hay and burning leaves – someone should make a candle.”
“We didn’t celebrate Halloween.
We’re a German family, and apparently Halloween
is not a thing for German families.
Come talk to me when it’s Christkindlmarkt time.”
Would you believe I’m from the Halloween capital of the world? Anoka, MN. No lie. If you google “Halloween capital of the world,” my sweet little town pops up. They go all out. 5K, the largest parade in the state(!), special football, carnival and Royal Ambassadors pageant/coronation. And trick-or-treating from 4pm ’til midnight. It’s a BIG deal. Parties the weekend before. More parties the weekend after. And on Halloween night, all the parents would hang out at one house, and we’d use it as an excuse to stay out way later than usual and run wild through the neighborhoods stuffing our faces with candy. I miss that part.
We saved the weirdest for last…
I can’t believe I’m saying this out loud, but this year my dad decided to purchase a life-size skeleton and put it in the passenger seat of his car. He named him Walter (because, who knows), and put a baseball hat on him, and drives around daily with his new friend. If you see him, please don’t give him the satisfaction of a double-take. The man needs therapy, not affirmation (haha – just kidding, Dad!) He saw another lady do this and apparently got inspired. He thought it was the funniest thing he has ever seen. I was just glad the car was skeleton-less when I pulled up next to him at church. But still. MORTIFYING.
MAN CANNOT LIVE ON CARAMEL APPLES ALONE. ALL THAT FALL-TALK HAS US HUNGRY FOR SOMETHING HEARTY.
In honor of an epic squash soup fail yeeeaaars ago that I’m still working through, we deferred on this one, leaving the fall recipe reco to the experts at Marcel’s. It’s a flavorful, meal-type stew from head chef Kelly Sears. It also happens to be a staff and customer favorite. Thanks, neigbors!
Winter Pork and Chorizo Stew
3 T. each oil and butter
3 lb. boneless pork shoulder, medium dice pieces
1 lb. ground chorizo
1 large onion, diced
2 celery stalks, small dice
3 carrots, small dice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 t. each ground cumin, coriander, chili powder, and oregano
1 t. cocoa
1 t. cinnamon
1 (14 1/2-oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
3 cups vegetable stock (or more if necessary)
1 (15-oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-oz) can white pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 (10-oz) package frozen corn
• Heat butter and oil in a large Dutch oven. Add pork and sear until just browned – do not cook through. Remove pork from pan and set aside.
• To the Dutch oven, add chorizo and cook until about 75% cooked through and has rendered fat
• To the pan with the chorizo, add onion, celery and carrot and sauté until chorizo is browned and vegetables are softened, stirring occasionally
• Add garlic, cumin, coriander, chili powder, oregano, cocoa & cinnamon. Sauté an additional few minutes until garlic smells fragrant
• Add stock diced tomatoes collecting all brown bits from meat.
• Add pork back to the pan and remaining beans and corn
• Bring to a boil and then immediately reduce to a simmer
• Simmer until all flavors have melded and pork is tender about 20 – 30 minutes
They promised us it’s as easy as it sounds. Report back!
Speaking of Fall goodness, have you shopped our Fall Collection at Storm Inspired yet?
And lastly, our Holiday kick-off event is coming to Storm Inspired!
Glen Ellyn’s Ladies Night Out is November 13th. We’ll be unveiling our Holiday Collection! Plus, everything in the store will be 20% OFF, including custom orders! Stop by and get your Holiday shopping started!
Thanks for reading!
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