Autumn is rapidly approaching, and with Autumn comes a plethora of amazing flavors. No, I’m not talking about the all the colorful leaves falling through the air and littering the ground. I am talking about all things Pumpkin: pumpkin beer, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin seeds, and whatever else you can make with pumpkin (canned OR fresh). Sure, there’s also the apple products, but in my opinion, there’s no other ingredient than pumpkin that can go into such a wide variety of foods and create such an excellent flavor. All that stuff is coming soon, and I know because the beer is already out (and the coffee too!). The beer is always first, and it’s my favorite.
Or, my vice, rather.
Every autumn I suffer from what I like to call Pumpkin Fever. It’s an extremely dangerous ailment, and you should be very careful around those suffering from it. Brandishing a pumpkin flavored food or drink without sharing could cause someone suffering from Pumpkin Fever to go severely out of his gourd, with side effects ranging from extreme addiction and gluttony to lethargy and a strong desire to carve faces into anything orange and round. The lethargy comes only when the infected one consumes several pumpkin flavored products, but it is not to be overlooked, as too much can cause a comatose-like reaction. But on the other hand, if the hunger is not sated soon enough, he could go into a pumpkin-fueled rage, which is not a pretty sight.
And speaking of pumpkins, Halloween is also right around the corner. My favorite holiday. I love the image of death and scariness, and wish it was a week-long holiday instead of just one measly night. I enjoy decorating the house with cobwebs and ghosts and witches and vampires, and carving scary and silly faces into pumpkins. I also like listening to Halloween-themed music when it starts getting close to the holiday, especially Midnight Syndicate. If you haven’t heard of them, I suggest you look them up and listen to a sample. They are dark and creepy, and are a perfect addition to a haunted house. And then there are the scary movies on almost every TV channel. Most of them are cheesy, but they are still enjoyable on a dark night.
So that is the kick I am on right now. And come January or so, when all the pumpkin products have been emptied from the shelves and replaced by boring winter and spring flavors, I will begin to have withdrawals and will probably have to be hospitalized to help recover my senses. So please, if you know someone suffering from the madness of Pumpkin Fever, help him or her by sharing your food with him.