Texas in the fall. Okay it's year 'round, but particularly in the fall for me. The weather's cool enough to need a little heat on the stove, in the oven, 'round the crock pot. The body craves a thicker layer of warmth to protect us from the chill. We indulge in every variety of squash to prepare our eyes for the lower light of winter. And to boot, it's harvest and slaughtering time. Ranchers are a little hungrier and have a little more to line their pockets. So y'all ready for this? Repeat after me... chili, cornbread, brisket, ribs, sausage, beans and, of course, sauce. Rudy's, Red River, Dyer's, Hard 8, The Cattle Exchange... I can see the springs in the scale under the strain just thinking about it. But, as I'm not a rancher, I can't afford bigger clothes (nor do I want to), and I want to be healthier. I'll just think it. Just a passing day dream... now back to your normally scheduled programming. Of course, if you're in the neighborhood, y'all just come down and get some.