Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Eat & Drink

Look on the light side

It has been a great holiday season with tons of great food and cheer. It is now a new year, a new decade, and perhaps we should begin with a good cleansing start with...

Christmas quiche

Every year I ask myself two questions: Why do I only make deviled eggs at Thanksgiving? and Why do I only make quiche at Christmas? You would think that after 30 years of serious...

In 2019, we ate

The final few days of the year are here, rousing those inevitable moments of personal reflection. What did 2019 bring? What did it stir up? Can we reflect positively? Highs were met with lows,...

What a sweet tart

Kyleen Keenan shared a delicious chocolate tart with mashed raspberries and a pine nut crust recipe in the Summer 2019 Edible Vineyard, and we wanted to share it with you. When Keenan bakes, you...

Swapping sweet recipes

As December approaches, magazines full of cookie recipes appear on grocery store racks. Online recipe sites spam me with lists of cookie recipes, each more tempting than the last, and let’s not even talk...

Lunch at the OMI

I had heard a lot about the Outermost Inn. One of a kind. Right on the Cliffs. Ocean views. Local food. I had heard the prix fixe menu was exquisite, some $90something per head,...

Life sure is sweet

One night this fall (well, twice, actually), my 23-year-old daughter and I walked up our Oak Bluffs street and sat down at the bar at the Sweet Life Cafe and had dinner. First, can...

Got leftovers? Try this creamy pot pie

How often does the smell of sautéing onions and celery in butter waft through the Oak Bluffs library? Well, it did the Saturday morning after Thanksgiving. We were gathered to learn a creative way...

Recipe: Ginger Brussels Sprouts

Growing up, my family had several recipes that appeared at every holiday feast, none of which I will be sharing with you. Not because they are particularly good, or something I keep close to...

Cooking up a collaborative dish at Alex’s Place

“Laughter is brightest in the place where food is.” –Irish proverb At a time when the microwave is arguably the most used kitchen appliance, Island Grown Schools and the YMCA of Martha's Vineyard are giving...

The Best of Thanksgiving: stuffing and dessert

  These two recipes are from my cookbook, “Vineyard Harvest” (Broadway Books, 2005), with photographs by Alison Shaw. “Vineyard Harvest” highlights local food and eating in season. Fast-forward 14 years, and I am now working...

Pie perfection

Making the perfect pie crust is both a science and an art, as we learned at the FARM Institute’s recent hands-on class, “Easy as Pie,” with Pie Chicks founder (and past FARM Institute employee)...

The ‘other’ Swiss cheese

A 10-pound wheel of raclette sizzled under the panels of an overhead heat lamp. The top started bubbling, stifling the room with an unmissable scent, and Chef Patrice Martineau used the flat edge of...

Thanksgiving to go

If you want to be prepared for Thanksgiving, perhaps there’s no better way, and it’s a great deal easier, if you preorder prepared food for your feast. For a small Island, there are many...

Harvest of the Month: Root vegetables

As the weather gets colder and fresh produce becomes harder to find, root vegetables are my go-to for an easy, healthy meal. Because they grow underground, they absorb lots of nutrients from the soil,...

Join the (Mug) Club

Updated 11/14 There are few things more satisfying than that first sip of crisp beer out of a specialty stein, but the Barn Mug Club makes that experience even sweeter. As part of a promotional...

Nutrisystem is for losers

After a summer of eating and drinking anything I wanted — fried scallops, onion rings, lobster rolls, beer, wine, and rum punches; really good and delicious rum punches at Nomans — I had to make...

Something new in the mix

There is truly something special about a local neighborhood market. I have found these places to be right at the soul of the community, stocked with everything from the warm cup of coffee a...

MV Food & Wine Festival: Wining and dining

I’ve been to a festival or two. There was the Yarmouth Clam Festival in Maine, the Dragonboat Festival in China, and Ladyfest in Oak Bluff. This was my first time at the Martha’s Vineyard...

Let the batter sit a bit

A few weeks ago, I signed up for an account at allrecipes.com for inspiration on trying new dishes. One of the first notifications I received in my email inbox was for Scottish Oatcakes. Traditionally, Scottish...