Eileen McCann, BizzBuzzTV

There’s nothing quite like Fairfield in the fall. The sticky, humid air turns crisp and clean with a biting chill. The once green leaves now fill the streets with a slew of browns, reds and yellows, and fresh pumpkins can be found on nearly every porch and storefront.

For some, the beginning of October brings excitement over the return of football season. For others, this same feeling is caused by the pumpkin spice latte now available at nearly every coffee purveyor in America. But for me, more than anything else, the arrival of this season means the departure of another–beach season. And for this, it is a most welcome change.

This sounds like a strange thing to be excited about. I mean, who doesn’t love the beach? I do! But what I don’t love is the pressure that comes along with the three months of summer when at any moment you can receive an impromptu beach or pool party invitation, and suddenly you’re regretting that second piece of french toast you had for breakfast.

For me, fall brings a sigh of relief. I can put my bathing suits away for a while because sweaters, scarves, jackets and boots are back in fashion as well as every girl’s best friend–leggings. The dip in temperature and etherial beauty that comes with fall instills a desire in us all to reunite with the delicious pleasures we denied ourselves all summer. That’s right people, I’m talking about comfort food.

It can be a hot, juicy cheeseburger or a cold plate a sushi, as far as comfort food goes, we all have our own menu in mind of what is most comfortable.

If you’re lucky enough to reside or work in Fairfield, you are engulfed in a sea of delicious opportunity on a daily basis. BizzBuzzTV’s own Deanne Algeo cites Fairfield’s diverse culinary scene as one of her favorite features of the town. A variety of meals can be enjoyed here from pizza to asian noodles, from steak to scallops. Whatever your comfort food may be, it is most definitely being served up everyday in Fairfield.

This year, Fairfield’s Restaurant Week is October 13th-19th and is truly the perfect way to kick off this fat and happy time of the year as you can get some of the best food in town at unbeatable prices.

Whether you’re cooking at home or eating out, comfort food is everywhere and the time to enjoy it has returned.

The season of indulgence is upon us, so let’s embrace it with open arms and hearty appetites!

 

I’ll help you get started with my very own recipe for Crockpot Chicken Tacos, one of my favorite comfort foods. As a So Cal girl, I love spicy mexican food. In my opinion, this chicken is perfect- not too spicy, but has great flavor. Try it out and let me know what you think!

CROCKPOT CHICKEN TACOS

– 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

– 2 cups store brand salsa

– 1 green bell pepper, chopped

– 1 red bell pepper, chopped

– 1/2 white onion, chopped

– 1 can dark soda (Coke or Dr. Pepper)

– 2-3 enchilada sauce mix packages

Other than the ingredients above, all you’llĀ  need to make this delicious chicken is a crockpot.

First, empty the sauce mix into a medium size mixing bowl. Take each chicken breast individually, and coat either side of it with the mix then place it in the crockpot.

Once all the coated breasts are in the crockpot, simply empty in the rest of the ingredients. I usually add the chopped onion and peppers first, then the salsa and finish it off by pouring the soda over the top of it all.

Place the lid on the crockpot and set it to HIGH for 4 hours. Once the chicken is done, you can set the crockpot to WARM or LOW , then grab a couple of forks and a cutting board. Take each breast out, individually place it on the cutting board and use the forks to pull it apart. Once the breast is pulled apart, return it to the hot juices in the crockpot. After doing this with each breast, you will be left with a pot full of hot and spicy crockpot chicken, to do with what you please!

The best part about this chicken is that it can be enjoyed in an endless amount of ways. The standard is to heat up some flour tortillas, rice and beans and make tacos. I also like to serve it over brown rice with cheddar cheese and salsa, or over tortilla chips to make nachos.

You will probably have some leftovers which is no problem because this chicken is even better re-heated and it’s great cold too!

So give it a try, add some of your own ingredients or serve it up in a new way and comment here on the buzz blog about how it went over for you!

Enjoy :)