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Fishing is heating up 

It’s been an interesting summer for me. Though fish have been caught consistently all summer, I haven’t been the one catching them. It’s not...

Real Bakers Use Grams

Several months ago, I submitted a recipe for a simple pasta dough to an editor at The MV Times (and one of the editors...

Bluefish are in

Saturday was a good day for bluefish. I have been hearing from several people that they haven’t seen bluefish in large numbers, or of...

Shiitakes, grown up-Island

A few years ago, while working at 7a Foods in West Tisbury, I was introduced to Martha’s Vineyard Mycological’s (MVM) wild-harvest shiitake mushrooms. We...

One-pot edible gardening

Susie Nedley, owner of Bee Well MV, is a seasoned gardener, beekeeper, herbalist, and a woman of many talents. I first got acquainted with...

Scup is an underrated eating fish

This week I didn’t get out fishing much. With only one day to wet a line, and the ambition to cook my catch, my...

Learning to fish all over again

For several years, I have thought about trying my hand at fly-fishing. Something about the intention and focus it requires just speaks to me....

Fishing Report: Stripers moving in relentlessly

Fishing, to me, is worth losing a little sleep over. This week I sacrificed my slumber for the opportunity to fish several times. I...

Fishing Report: Tourneys spring into action

It was a beautiful Memorial Day weekend. The towns and beaches were flooded with visitors and Island residents alike enjoying the sunny weather. Though...

Spring migration

Spring is in the air, and I have been clamoring to get back out on the beaches to fish from shore. Though I did...

Pasta on point

Every year I try to do something new to better myself. Last year I took a long road trip and staged with a chef...

Setting the stage

Chefs have a long tradition of “staging” (pronounced more like stodging), in which you go and work in a kitchen with chefs you would...

A tale of two shortbreads

Every year around the holidays my father would dig through the cupboards for his hefty ceramic shortbread molds. He carefully made dozens of shortbreads...

Late season blitz

With fewer and fewer boats in the water, I have been fishing mostly from shore. I seldom leave home without a bag full of...

Fall bite is on

The weather finally feels like fall. Cold nights, brisk mornings, and steady winds. You don’t have to look far to find the avid anglers...

Derby days are gone, but the fish are not

The Derby is over, and the crowds of anglers have largely left the beaches and jetties. The Derby headquarters is now vacant. Boats are...

Homesick for some real fishing

Last week my wife and I traveled to Santa Barbara, Calif., to visit our insanely cute newborn nephew and, of course, his parents. Meeting...

Coming home with friends, but no fish

Somehow it seems that September came and went faster than the rest of the summer. They say time flies when you’re having fun, and...

Colder water is on the way

The second week of the Derby is over, and things are heating up. Bait fish continue to surround the Island, and the leaderboard has...

Derby fever interrupted by terrible loss

Suddenly on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the height of the Derby, we lost an avid fisherman, a beloved Islander, and a Derby legacy with...