when i was little, every year my family would spend a week or two on cape cod, usually in mid-august. besides swimming in the ocean and hunting for periwinkles at the water line on the big rocks in the harbor, one of my favorite memories was of the ‘tennis court movies’.
the ‘tennis court movies’ were, basically what they sound like: movies played outdoors after dark on sunday nights, on the wall at the edge of the tennis courts. as dusk descended, everyone from the neighborhood would bring their chairs, blankets, and snacks to the tennis courts and set up their spot, much as they had at the beach earlier that day.
to be honest, i don’t actually remember much about any of the movies that we saw. what i do remember is how excited i would be to finally be able to wear my warm, cozy sweatshirt and sweatpants again, after seemingly endless weeks of heat, even at night. the combination of it being later in the summer and being close to the water meant that it actually got to be a little bit chilly at night. and i loved it.
as i sit here now, many years later, indoors but with the windows wide open, i’m reminded of those chilly summer nights. the heat wave of the past few weeks is mercifully taking a break, at least up here in coastal maine, and i’m loving that i had to change into pants and a long sleeve shirt earlier this evening.
summer’s not over yet, though, and we have the piles of zucchini and corn at the farmers’ markets to prove it. here, i added them to pasta, with a few simple embellishments: lemon, garlic, and pine nuts to add some subtle layers of flavor and fresh mozzarella and basil, because obviously.
this end of summer vegetable pasta is perfect for this in-between time: not only is it full of fresh summer flavors, but also it comes together quickly, which is helpful whether you’re savoring the last few moments of summer or trying to keep your head above water as the next school year begins. no matter what the temperature where you are, i hope you have a chance to enjoy this end of summer vegetable pasta.