Yes, a happy and sad time all at once. Happy, because the weather has cooled off a bit allowing us a little break from the intense heat of the kitchen. Sad, because alot of my favorite vegetables are coming to the end of their growing season. Happy, because I love the smell of wood fires and the turning of the leaves. Sad, because there is nothing like sweet corn, hardshell crabs and ice cold Natty Bo. This time of year is always the hardest transition for us in the kitchen and I think personally, as well. We are holding on to the last of the tomatoes and corn while anxiously perfecting dishes of game and roasted root vegetables. I guess the key is to take each day as it comes and get everything out of it that day that you can. There are still going to be warm days and I will run downstairs to change the menu at the last minute just so that we can get one of my summer favorites on to the menu. I know fall is coming quickly and winter is right around the corner. Sometimes I'm happy about it, sometimes I'm sad.