Eat & Drink

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...

Fall squash recipes to try

We have reached the point where most of our fresh summer produce has been pickled or canned. The days are getting shorter, and much of our gardens are going into hibernation. The ocean has...

Find Randi Baird’s photography in new cookbook, ‘Whole in One’

Randi Baird has just completed photographing her third cookbook, “Whole in One: Complete, Healthy Meals in a Single Pot, Sheet Pan, or Skillet” with Ellie Krieger, PBS and former Food Network host, bestselling cookbook...

Harvest of the Month: Cranberries

When I think of crops that Massachusetts is known for, cranberries are the first to come to mind. Cranberries require specific conditions to grow — acidic soil, a constant supply of fresh water, and...

Finger lickin’ fantastic

There’s a specific look people will give you when you say you’re going to eat a fried chicken sandwich with doughnuts for a bun. It’s a look that says, this jabroni is a few...

Living large at Atria

If you haven’t yet been to Atria for dinner, put it on your bucket list. The praise for Chef Christian Thorton has not been misplaced. Atria (pronounced with a soft A, accent on “tria”)...

French rice salad for when you’re on the go

Perhaps one of the most straightforward and flexible recipes I have tried is rice salad. Hot or cold, oil or vinaigrette, veggies or meat — there are many ways to approach it. The idea...

Bring home the bacon

The “Caja China” or “Cuban Coffin” may sound like some arcane torture device, but not in the hands of an experienced chef. Beginning in September, Nomans in Oak Bluffs hosts a weekly good old-fashioned...

Fourth time’s a charm for the M.V. Craft Beer Festival

The sun was shining and the flags were flying under the big white tents in Waban Park on Saturday as the fourth annual Martha’s Vineyard Craft Beer Festival tapped its proverbial kegs and kicked...

Dining at the museum

Our museum on Martha’s Vineyard offers a diverse and comprehensive look into the past of Martha’s Vineyard. The art, history, and culture that can be found there might be too much to take in...

Appetite for apples

September on Martha’s Vineyard should truly be deemed the eighth wonder of the world. The heaviness in the air from the humidity, the traffic, and the lines of people has lifted, and left us...