Blue Corn Pancakes

from: Summer Blues

The Shops at Aquinnah are like a magic carpet ride over Moshup’s legendary cliffs. Try their blue corn pancakes with blueberries, on the edge of the end of the Island as we know it. Blue corn pancakes, $9.00 + $3.50 for fresh berries. Aquinnah Shop, Aquinnah Cliffs.

Blue Corn Pancakes

Zada-Cakes

from: Summer Blues

Whimsically groovy. A favorite of the contractors-who-lunch. Scottish Bakehouse, State Road, Vineyard Haven, $3.50.

Zada-Cakes

Junior League Locavore

from: Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet

Kitchen Tip of the Day: Smear a little-to-a-lot of New Lane Sundries Jalapeño Hot Pepper Jelly on cream cheese or goat cheese atop crackers or in a grilled cheese sandwich for some zoom. Jelly-mama Linda Alley says, ‘But wait, don’t stop there!’ Seek out her other brazen conserves, including Red Pepper Ginger Marmalade. Available at Cronig’s, West Tisbury Farmers’ Market, Alley’s, Fiddlehead Farm, Garcia’s Deli, and Katama General Store; about $6.

Junior League Locavore

Under Wraps

from: Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet

EV’s office looked like Willy Wonka’s suitcase exploded after a world tour. Crumpled candy wrappers lay strewn about, fading like flowers thrown on stage. We sampled chocolate bars with add-ins like Mexican ancho and chipotle chiles, Japanese matcha green tea, wasabi, and applewood smoked bacon bits, all thanks to Vosges Haut- Chocolat. After encores with Brazilian pink peppercorns, sea salt, Guatemalan cardamom, and orange peel, our taste buds are satisfied that cocoa holds and expands flavors in uninhibited ways while romancing its way around the globe. Exotic chocolate bars available at LeRoux at Home and Nochi, both in Vineyard Haven, $2.50 to $7.

Under Wraps

Chocolate Chipped

from: Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet

Chocolate tortilla chips–are they snack or dessert? We vote either, or, and both. These unusual, unsuspecting chips made with semi-sweet chocolate and Dutch cocoa powders and dusted with sea salt are surprisingly good dipped in guacamole or in a spicy-fruit salsa like Marvin’s Pineapple. Or use ’em to scoop peanut butter. Reese’s, be afraid. Chocolate Tortilla Chips by FoodShouldTasteGood (a Needham, Mass., company), available at Cronig’s, about $3. Marvin’s Pineapple Salsa, available at Tisbury Farm Market, about $3.

Chocolate Chipped

Mother’s Little Helper

from: Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet

Here’s the perfect coverage for a mid-week meal: Chesca’s Kitchen Sweet & Snappy Thai Chili Glaze. Use as a glaze for baked chicken, add it to meatloaf, or put a spoonful in the pot of a slow-braising pork butt. Available at Island stores for $9.50.

Mother’s Little Helper

Ginger Beer

from: Ginger

Root beer is soooo ‘09. Known to many as ginger ale with a kick, ginger beer is spicy, refreshing and non-alcoholic. Available at area grocers, $6.39 for four.

Ginger Beer

Ginger Cookies

from: Ginger

Orange Ginger Stars, Hot Chocolate Cookies & Apricot Ginger White Chocolate Macaroons. Can we say triple threat?

Ginger Cookies

Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger

from: Ginger

Try these in lieu of your regular after-dinner mint. Ben & Bills, Oak Bluffs, $20.95/lb.

Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger

Pickled Ginger

from: Ginger

Pickled Ginger packs a pungent punch. Available at Cronig’s, Net Result and other local grocery stores, around $5.

Pickled Ginger