My favorite time of year

My favorite time of year

The August/September time frame is becoming my favorite time of year. Of course, when I was a kid I hated it, mostly because it was “back to school” time. Even now, 18 years out of grade school, I still get those involuntary jitters every time I see an ad for “back to school” shopping or a school bus picking up kids. It’s good to be an adult.

Anyway, one of the reasons I love this time of year is that it’s harvest time. (You knew it had to do with food, right?) Right down the street from my new place is a family-owned farm that sells its own produce and I’ve been stopping in regularly. I’ve picked up some juliet tomatoes (like a smaller roma), various kinds of lettuce, zucchini and squash, and even some purple basil. It’s all so fresh and tasty. And the best part is that I know we’ll be getting farm-fresh veggies at least until the end of September.

Speaking of food, Sunday is a day I often use to make recipes that I normally don’t have the time for the rest of the week. Sometimes it’s Boston Baked Beans (in my very own beanpot) or a roasted chicken. Yesterday it was Shrimp in Hoisin and Garlic Sauce.

Actually, since I didn’t have any hoisin sauce, I substituted brown miso to good effect. If you’re interested, here’s the recipe in MacGourmet format. (MacGourmet is a really good cookbook program for the Mac. If you have the program, all you have to do is drag the link onto the MacGourmet icon. If you don’t have it, click the link and copy and paste. If people want, I can put it in other formats as well.)

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli