Monday, January 24, 2022

Eat & Drink

Just peachy

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A roadside shop — reflecting the Atlantic with a sea-green coat of paint — provides some of the Vineyard's best peaches. I admired a full and blooming garden, the stalks of a healthy vine...

Gone fishin’

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A relatively new restaurant in Vineyard Haven is bringing the West Coast seafood and street food vibe — surfboards, palm trees, and all — to Main Street. Past the bustling business district, the expansive deck...

Harvest of the Month: Jiló

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Jiló is a type of eggplant that’s often used in Brazilian cooking. About the size of a large egg, jiló turns from green to red as it ripens, though it’s traditionally eaten while still...

A win-win at Winston’s Kitchen

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If you want to try Winston's Kitchen next to Our Market on the Oak Bluffs Harbor, might I suggest giving yourself a little time. Only because there's going to be a long line ahead...

Taste the rainbow

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On a warm and overcast Wednesday morning, I followed the painted arrows guiding market-goers down 35 Panhandle Road. The gravel crackled under our car tires as we pulled into the large, open field of...

Caesar pleaser

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My favorite bites of pasta dinners are always the last couple, when the side salad meets the noodles. The pasta is no longer piping hot and the salad is no longer cold. The pasta...

A new way to watermelon

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Watermelon is one of my all-time favorite fruits, especially for a summer on the Vineyard. It’s delicious in a fruit salad or just on its own. Usually my mom just cuts it up and...

The sandwich specialists

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When executed properly, the sandwich can be an excellent vehicle for creativity and craftsmanship, and TigerHawk Sandwich Co. in Oak Bluffs exemplifies this idea with its unique sandwich style. Who knew you could pack...

Shakin’ it up

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Today I celebrate three years of being sober. I remember not so long ago I would be itching toward the door to leave work and have a drink. I still do that same thing,...

Harvest of the Month: Summer Squash

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“Don’t leave your car unlocked in July — someone might fill it with zucchini.” When summer squash is in season, it’s really in season. You won’t be able to get away from it, and...

Cheesy made easy

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Every Tuesday when I was growing up, my dad would make his homemade mac and cheese. For this reason alone, Tuesdays became my favorite day of the week. There were always two different shapes...

Garlic’s curly counterpart: the scape

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In order to get some inspiration for my dinners this week, I decided to venture out to the West Tisbury Farmers Market at the Ag Hall on a beautiful Wednesday morning. This venue is...

Harvest of the Month: Salad Greens

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This June we’re celebrating one of the first hardy crops to poke through the soil in the spring — salad greens. Salad greens are easy to grow yourself, and by planting a row of...

Pasta salad with a twist

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I start each day making my bed, brushing my teeth, making coffee, and cooking noodles or rice for dinner. It feels like summer is here and my days are long, jam-packed, and oftentimes stressful....

Birds of a feather

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One of the simplest pleasures in my life is enjoying a crispy chicken Parmesan with mozzarella cheese and spaghetti underneath it. Something about that crispy coating on a juicy piece of chicken makes this...

Sister act

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At my house, we eat a lot of stir-fry and noodle dishes that require a decadent sauce to turn veggies and grains into masterpieces. My sister, Susan, decided to become a vegan about a...

When life gives you clams

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Ferrying toward Martha’s Vineyard for Memorial Day weekend, it was the first of many visits to come this summer. It was also the first since last August’s annual family getaway tradition, having spent the...

Puff pastry paranoia

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I make the same salad every weekend — chopped Romaine lettuce, cucumbers, kalamata olives, chickpeas, feta cheese, avocado, and green onions, with a very tasty Dijon vinaigrette. Everyone loves it. In fact, I made...

Shakshuka, how I love you

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I love visiting my daughter in Brookline, and not just because she’s my most brilliant and beautiful daughter, but also because there are so many great restaurants within walking distance of her little apartment....

Springtime on the half-shell

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Spring is quite possibly my favorite time of year here on Martha’s Vineyard. You can almost taste the anticipation in the air as we all work hard to prepare the Island for another busy...