Welcome to October everyone! I struggle to pick a favorite season, but I love fall because of all of the beautiful colors as well as the fact that I can wear sweaters almost all of the time now.
Typically, the fall means harvest season, but this year due to the dry weather that we have had, I know that there are many farmers who are mostly done with their harvesting. I still encourage you all to have caution when driving on the roads as there are still going to be some people still harvesting.
Another exciting part about the fall is the start of football. I will admit that I am not an extreme football fan, I am more interested in hockey, but I keep up with the scores because you are not really a member of Western New York if you don’t root for the Bills. That being said, I know there are plenty of people who get very excited every Sunday for the game, so I have a few recommendations for some at home tailgating snacks.
One of my favortite foods to enjoy at almost any gathering is chicken wing dip, which I think is very fitting as Buffalo is the home of the chicken wings. Not only does it have a hit of hometown pride, but I typically have cream cheese, sour cream, and blue cheese in mine so there is plenty of dairy products within it.
Another fun tailgating food would be fondue because there are so many dipping options. Fondue may sound a little fancy for a tailgate party, but it’s mostly just melted cheese so there is not a lot of work that needs to go into making it.
After the game, some of you may choose to have your own backyard football game to celebrate a win. If you choose to do so, be sure to have a nice glass of chocolate milk when you are done to help refuel your muscles and your energy.
I hope that the fall season is going well for you all, and I hope that everyone is able to stay warm as the temperatures continue to drop. Make sure to get out and enjoy the lovely weather while it is here.
For the recipe this time I have chosen an apple cider shake to help celebrate the cider season in style.
Apple Cider Milkshake
1 ¼ cups apple cider
½ tablespoon cinnamon
2 ½ cups vanilla ice cream (about 5 scoops)
1. Place the ingredients into a blender and blend
2. Pour the shake into glasses, insert a straw, and enjoy!
Danielle Herrick is the Wyoming County Dairy Princess. Her column appears twice a month in The Daily News.