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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon


Flavor of fall



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September 26, 2012 - The turn of colors and the chill in the air means it's time - it is fall.

The leaves are slowly losing their green for more vibrant red, yellow and orange tints.

With fall comes the trips to local cider mills for apples, cider and donuts. Also, peeking at pumpkins for carving ideas as well as pumpkin pies or popular places releasing their Pumpkin Spice flavored food - ice cream, coffee, you name it.

Pumpkin Spice lattés were my weakness last year. Though I can't have them this year, I admit I won't miss them. I won't miss the calories or the empty wallet from another visit to Starbucks or Kroger for creamer. Maybe I will miss the taste, but my nose can always indulge.

I also won't miss donuts from the cider mill. They do sound delightful - in theory donuts are. I haven't had much of a taste for them since I was a teenager. Maybe the lack of Mickey donuts on Sundays killed the passion.

Though my food enjoyment in the fall is cheesecake. It is a savory treat both my grandma and I enjoyed. I can still remember going to Ram's Horn off Woodward Road, for a family dinner, sitting in a booth and getting cheesecake with her.

It is a way to remember her especially as her birthday would have been this week, two days before mine. (You can guess the date, heck come to the Homecoming game this Friday and celebrate with me. But you will not get the age out of me.)

Since I am back to being good, I indulged earlier this month during my off time from my nutrition program. (Again I was allowed.) I had a slice of plain cheesecake for her and a slice for me.

I also admit I discovered Ben & Jerry's Strawberry Cheesecake (the one with bits of graham crust). I picked it up from the grocery store after debating over the Strawberry Cheesecake or a chocolate ice cream. Since I could be really bad I was going to be BAAAAAAD. I nibbled on it during the weekend. It was quite hard to put away.

Whatever your fall indulgence, go ahead, have a taste. Just don't go over board.

This fall indulge in the color, the smells, and the taste of fall in Michigan.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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