Our dear beloved summer, our break from frost, & shoveling, & Nor’easters is coming to an end. Being a born & raised New Englander though, I’m a bit sad to see it go, but ready for the next season. I’m over the humidity & the sweating. I’m ready for a nice cozy sweater and some leaf peeping. And oh! Fall food and it’s rituals- apple & pumpkin picking, cider doughnuts. I am excited. But, before I get ahead of myself, there’s a few more summer rituals that I enjoyed this past Labor Day weekend as a final send-off for this season.
I got in my Zip-Car Volvo this weekend (I like to think of it as auditioning cars for future ownership, I love the Volvo) and headed out to Wilson Farms in Lexington, MA. I used to go a lot more when I had my own car, and it was so great to be back. They have everything, it’s practically a full grocery store, but then it’s also stocked with fresh farm produce, meats, specialty items as well as flowers and seasonal decoration. (I like to get my Christmas tree there.) I should have taken pictures of the actual place, but if you are in the metro-Boston area, just hop in your car, get on your bike, whatever you have to do, and get there. I was there for flowers, I’m helping my friend S with her wedding flowers in a few weeks and I’d heard Wilson was a good spot for DIY flowers. They were very helpful and I’m finally starting to feel like things are coming together.
I also picked up a few supplies for a mini-dinner party, but we’ll get to that. Moving on, there was this on Sunday night:
I was trying to get a shot of the fine print, it says: “Several animals were harmed in the preparation of this meal.”
Deep Ellum, if you’ve never been is a great bar/restaurant out in Allston. The food is amazing and they have one of those great beer menus for people who are into their beer as much as others are into fine wines. My friends Nate & Kate are those people and they live within walking distance. The meal was amazing. They started smoking and preparing for it the night before.
Amazing. I can’t wait until next year’s.
I wrapped up the weekend with an indoor BBQ of sorts, N & K came over for dinner, I made a summer pasta salad that’s been in the queue for a bit, and some corn on the cob because (gasp! the horror!) I hadn’t had any at all this summer. A complete travesty. You know what else I never got around to this summer? A S’more. Good thing I have a gas stove, that’ll be happening at some point soon. Anyway, I digress.
I made a summer pasta salad that was pretty tasty. I don’t usually like pasta salads, but the vinaigrette sounded great, and I love everything about peas. I roasted the pepper on my stove-top because I thought it was fun. I also grilled up some chicken on the grill pan, and voila. A complete meal.
Though, it’s not really a complete meal without dessert. So this was waiting in the fridge:
The perfect summer dessert and the best way to wrap up what has been a summer of good weather and one of transition. I’m getting the feeling that it’s time to get serious about making some changes, and like I said before back to school is always one of my favorite times of the year. It’s time to check back in and re-align. No more lazy days lying in the sun or taking spontaneous trips. So, off I go.