G- VINEYARD BLEND Be My Guest, All Natural Granola, $7.79 More than a cereal, this Edgartown recipe has notes of vanilla and cinnamon. Find it at Morning Glory, Alley’s General Store, and online.
R- FARMHOUSE GRANOLA Fiddlehead Farm, $14.59 Ride your bike to West Tisbury to try Fiddlehead Farm’s scrumptious variety. Refresh with a cold drink and pick up a fancy cheese while you’re there.
A- SUNRISE GRANOLA Black Dog Café, $8.95 From schooner charters to t–shirts to party donuts, the Black Dog does it all. Their granola is made with pure maple syrup, almonds and vanilla.
N- GAY HEAD GRANOLA Orange Peel Bakery, $7.99 Apricots, flax seeds and pecans are the stand-outs in this crunchy treat that comes to us alllll-thewayyyyy… from Aquinnah. Find it at both Cronig’s locations.
O- OVEN BAKED GRANOLA State Road Restaurant, $14 Described as “irresistible,” State Road can barely keep this big bag of granola on the shelves, thanks to the coconut, cashews & golden raisins packed in every bite.
L- BAKEHOUSE GRANOLA Scottish Bakehouse, $5 You can count on this spot all year round– wind, snow, rain and shine. Sold by the counter in mini containers, great for stashing at your office or in your Subaru.
A- SUNSHINE GRANOLA Little Rock Farm, $6.99 This granola had humble beginnings as a holiday gift for relatives, and it’s now one of the most sought after granolas on the Island. Find it at both Cronig’s stores.
1. BALINE SEA SALT
Local grocery stores, around $7/lb.
2. HIMALAYAN PINK SALT Fiddlehead Farm, $6.75.
3. WILLIAM BOUNDS LTD SALT GRINDER LeRoux, $39.99.
4. WILLIAM BOUNDS GOURMET SEA SALT CRYSTALS LeRoux and grocery stores, $5.
5. MATCHA SALT Fiddlehead Farm, $8.25.
6 & 15. MURDICK’S FUDGE SALT WATER TAFFY $7.95 per bag.
7. BY THE SEA SALT Alley’s, $4.49.
8. MARTHA’S VINEYARD SEA SALT Coming soon! Look for it in 2013: mvseasalt.com
9. CYPRUS FLAKE LeRoux, $11.
10. STATE ROAD ISLAND GROWN BAR $7-$9, State Road Restaurant donates all proceeds to Island Grown Schools.
11. SALT SPOON Local thrift stores.
12. SOCO CREAMERY SALTED CARAMEL ICE CREAM 7a Foods, $4/small, $5.50/large.
13. JOSÉ CAN YOU SEE SALT Alley’s, Cronig’s, LeRoux, $7.
14. FARMER’S SALT Fiddlehead Farm, $13 in MARBLE SALT CELLAR LeRoux, $7.99.
16. MAST BROTHERS CHOCOLATE & ALMONDS SEA SALT BAR 7a Foods, $8.50
17. ARTISAN SALT CO. CYPRUS BLACK LAVA LeRoux, $11.
18. BÉQUET CELTIC SEA SALT CARAMELS LeRoux, 2 for a $1.
When it rains…
Take a break from puddle jumping and mud pies to enjoy fun stuff for kids and for the young at heart.
1. JUNIOR APRON
Use natural dyes to tie-dye mini white aprons found at LeRoux. Your little chef will have fun making and wearing it. $14.99
2. KID O CUTTING FRUIT
Food makes fractions more fun. Find this at The Toy Box in VH. $25.95
3. CHOP CHOP MAGAZINE
A cooking magazine for families with kid-friendly recipes, articles, puzzles and more. Visit: chopchopmag.org.
4. RATATOUILLE (2007)
Dinner & a movie! Watch this Disney-Pixar movie and follow Remy the French Rat’s journey to becoming a chef. Turn to page 15 for eV’s Ratatouille recipe. Check local libraries.
5. MINI KITCHEN TOOLS
Child’s first cutting board, knife and whisk by Joyce Chen. Functional, adorable and safe. Available at LeRoux.
Find them at Mardell’s in VH, Granite Ace Hardware in Edgartown and Island thrift stores.
7. PIRATE SHIP CAKE PAN
This heavy cast aluminum pirate pan is perfect for breads, molded desserts and cakes. The end result is so much fun, you’ll have to fend off the scallywags who will try and devour your booty. Yarr! $32.
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State Road Restaurant
2. POWDERED SUGAR
3. ZACHARY DONUT
4. COCONUT COVERED
Martha’s Vineyard Bakery (Backdoor Donuts)
5. BUTTER CRUNCH
Martha’s Vineyard Bakery (Backdoor Donuts)
6. RASPBERRY FILLED
Martha’s Vineyard Bakery (Backdoor Donuts)
7. OLD FASHIONED
9. BELLY BOMB
10. CHOCOLATE COVERED
The Black Dog Bakery
The Black Dog Bakery
12. CINNAMON SUGAR
The Steamship Authority snack bar
Sybil’s thrift shop find comes in handy when that jam jar just won’t open.
Carrie’s kitchen tool for a fresh-juiced start to the morning.
Elizabeth’s favorite gadget to achieve a professional looking dessert.
Ali’s kitchen favorite for spreading the peace and love.
Sydney’s reminded of the fish in the sea when peeling potatoes, carrots or zucchini.
Mollie’s favorite is a classic staple for any kitchen.
Cecil’s favorite for homemade, hand-mashed potatoes.
Sam’s helpful reminder when cooking many dishes at once.
Ali’s kitchen helper, used to peel away the tough outer layer of the spears.
Mortar & Pestle
Sybil’s go-to when crushing or blending fresh herbs and whole spices.
Sybil’s tool when adding the final touches of Parmesan to soup or pasta.
A friendly face painted on the knife’s handle adds personality to the cheese plate Sybil serves her guests.
The Mellon Baller
A necessary kitchen accessory for Sydney. How else will you make that fruit cup look so good?
Old Chatham Sheepherding Co. Sheep’s Milk Camembert
(Soft, mild) Find this Camembert among many other artisinal cheeses at Fiddlehead Farm, West Tisbury, (508) 696-6700 $8.50/4 oz.
Vermont Classic Chevre
(Soft, mild) Also try the creamery’s butter! Sold in logs, with or without herbs. Available at local grocery stores. Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, $3.89/4 oz.
Organic Champlain Triple Cream
(Soft, mild) A real party pleaser, this triple cream is a must for your cheese plate. Buy it at local grocery stores or by calling the creamery. Champlain Valley Creamery, Vergennes, VT, (802) 877-2950, $7.49/4 oz.
Maplebrook Farm Mozzarella
(Soft, flavorful) Hand-stretched and made from premium raw cow curd, this cheese is a perfect pair to anything savory. It also freezes well, just thaw in the fridge overnight. Sold at Cronig’s. Maplebrook Farm, Bennington, VT, (802)
Sugarbush Farm Mountain Jack
(Semi-hard, mild) We suggest making this your go-to cheese for all sandwiches. Try layering thin slices of this Jack on warm buttered toast for a grilled cheese; it is the perfect melting cheese. Sold at local grocery stores and online
at sugarbushfarm.com. Sugarbush Farm, Woodstock, VT, $9.99 for a 4 oz. block.
Blythedale Farm Vermont Brie
(Soft, acidic, flavorful) A New England take on a classic French cheese, this Brie has a very tender and supple rind; the perfect cheese for a dinner party. Try it with warm, crusty bread. Sold at Cronig’s. $8.99/7 oz.
Blythedale Farm Vermont Camembert
(Soft with mild flavor) Made from a Vermont farm that hand-ladles all their cheeses, this bloomy rind Camembert is gooey, creamy and made from whole pasteurized Jersey cow’s milk. Sold at Cronig’s. Blythedale Farm, Corinth, VT, (802) 439-6575, $8.99/7 oz.
(Soft with strong flavor) Three cheers for Island cheese! Sold at Mermaid Farm, the Scottish Bakehouse and local grocery stores. Mermaid Farm & Dariy, 9 Middle Road, Chillmark, (508) 645-3492, $8.99/lb.
Great Hill Blue Cheese
(Aromatic) Fifteen years ago, cheese maker Tim Stone started making this cheese at Great Hill Farm on property owned by his great grandfather. Sold as wedges at local grocery stores or available to order online in wheels at greathillblue.com. Great Hill Dairy, Inc., Marion, MA, (508) 748-2282, around $18/lb.
Snowballs in the summertime! Vanilla bean ice cream coated with sponge cake crumbs, caramel sauce, and Chilmark Chocolates almond-butter crunch crumbles can be found on Chesca’s dessert menu. 38 N. Water Street, Edgartown, $11.
This profiterole is a must-try after a hard day on links. Off County Road, Oak Bluffs, $6.
End your meal on a high note with this frozen key lime souffle. Served with fresh mango, kiwi and pineapple coulis. 96 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, $13.
Oreo crumbs, fudge swirls, caramel sauce, and a caramelized banana make up this Peanut Butter and Banana Ice Cream Cake. Time to celebrate! 9 State Road, Aquinnah, $9.
Stracciatella gelato, made from scratch. Old Post Office Square, Edgartown, $3.46.
Sunset trips to Menemsha just got that much better. Head to the Home Port and try one of their frozen chocolate covered bananas. Available with or without nuts (try them both). 512 North Road, Menemsha, $2.
Fresh fruit plus frozen yogurt equals a cool way to start your day. With toppings that range from trail mix to sweetened coconut, there is always something new to try. Between Midnight Farm and Main Street, Vineyard Haven, $3.25-$5.
State Road Restaurant
Blueberry and strawberry gelato with mascarpone sorbet give a whole new meaning to red, white and purple. Made in-house and served with State Road Cookies. 688 State Road, West Tisbury, $10.
Ice Cream & Candy Bazaar
Perhaps the best accessory for a walk about the Edgartown harbor. Get this Cookiewich made to order. 5 Dock Street, Edgartown, $4.66.
Go mad for these ice cream sandwiches. Pick a flavor and leave it up to the counter help to sandwich it between two soft cookies. Visit one of their three locations: 7 North Water Street, Edgartown; 8 Union Street, Vineyard Haven; 117 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, $5.85.
Chintz and calico—refined yet definitely un-dainty. Big enough for a man’s hand (like Wallace Stevens’) for “late coffee and oranges in a sunny chair.” Bramhall and Dunn, 19 Main Street, Vineyard Haven and 9 Winter Street, Edgartown, $48 for cup and saucer.
These little babies are serious water purifiers. Yet it’s their powerful, tasty little adductor muscle we love to eat. Clap on for the blue-eyed bivalve.
Reduce with butter and red wine to make a sauce and use with chicken. Or use to flavor gravies and sauces, $7.50-$21.50.
Wild Rose Petal Syrup
Beach rose petals are the key to this sweet syrup. Use it in baking or drizzle it on yogurt or ice cream. Ummm… yum! $9-$24.
Tender new shoots of the Eastern White Spruce can be used like capers or used sparingly in salads or dressings. The lemon-y flavor also pairs nicely with fresh water fish, like trout, $7.50-$11.50.
Wild Canadian mustard seed is collected and ground to create this earthy and bold prepared mustard. For a twist, try the Wild Mushroom Mustard, featuring the flavors of over 12 wild mushrooms, $7.50-$11.
Flavor soups, sauces, and stews with a wide selection of dried North American mushrooms, including Chanterelles, Black Trumpets, Cepes (Porcinis), Matsutake, and the Wild Forest Mix, $13-$17
A muddle of lime juice, fresh mint, Midori melon liqueur, and white rum. A fruity minty treat fit for the rum runners running from the dry towns to Oak Bluffs. $9 at the Park Corner Bistro, 20 Kennebec St., Oak Bluffs, (508) 696-9922.
West Tisbury Farmers’ Market
Opens June 23 and runs through the season on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m.– 12 p.m. at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. It’s a local food parade of eggs, bread, honey, jams, spring rolls, meat and produce. Ample free parking. Bring your cooler.
IGI Cotton Bag
Island Grown Initiative’s all-purpose carry-all, painted for EV by (and with) Loving Kindness. When you buy an IGI bag, you support programs that support local ag. When you paint one, you support your creative self. Available at Cronig’s, $12, unpainted.
Zen Green Tea
Tazo steams up aromas of lemon and mint. Good hot or cold with honey, it’s gentle and cleansing. According to an Old Chinese proverb: ‘better to be deprived of food for three days instead of tea for one.’
The MV Film Festival
Mug is $10 or $15 for all the java you want at the movies. www.tmvff.org
Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass Whiped Cream and Other Delights
Released in ’65, sold 6 million copies and spent 6 weeks at #1. Cool vinyl can be found at Above Ground Records, Edgartown, (508) 627-4678.
This natural sweetener is a good alternative to the artificial pink and blue packets. Available at cafes and Cronig’s.
Stewart’s Key Lime Soda
Sip a cold bottle on the steps of Alley’s General Store, about $1.50.
Peel in Peace, Love Your Veggies
$6.99 at Alley’s General Store, State Road, West Tisbury, (508) 693-0088.
Green Acres Oliver
(Eddie Albert) and Lisa (Eva Gabor) are the local food movement’s first-adopters who leave NYC to live his dream down on the farm in ‘Hooters-ville’. Let the pitchforks, gags and snorting pigs fly. DVD rentals at Island Entertainment, 395 State Road, Vineyard Haven, (508) 693-7441.
Frank Creney Ceramic Bowls
Available at local artisan’s fairs. Frank also teaches clay crafts at Featherstone Center for the Arts, 30 Featherstone Lane, Oak Bluffs, (508) 693-1850.
Sugar Snap Peas
Sauté them with asparagus for a little green-on-green, spring-on-spring.
Bamboo Salad Tossers
Made from 100% organically-grown bamboo, natural lacquer. $10.99, LeRoux, Main Street, VH.
Pam’s Provisions Basil Pesto
Made on MV, available at farmers’ markets, Morning Glory Farm and Cronig’s.
Plate and Spoon from Two Susan’s
Unique gifts and homewares, 65 Main Street Vineyard Haven, (508) 693-7077.
Chocopologie’s Fresh Mint Chocolate Bar
64% cacao swirled with potent mint. $7.99, LeRoux, Main Street, Vineyard Haven.
Frozen Wheat Grass
Shots 2 shots for $5.00 or 1 for $3.00. Scottish Bakehouse, 977 State Road, Tisbury, (508) 693-6633. Thaw and drink in souvenir glasses from Mardell’s Gifts and Jewelry, $3.99-$4.99, 50 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, (508) 693-0049.
Stanley Widemouth Stainless steel Vacuum Food Jar, $39.99 at Shirley’s Hardware, 374 State Road, Vineyard Haven (508) 693-3070.
Indian cusinine’s perfumey after-dinner mints and digestive. www.indianblend.com, $6.99.
Andes Crème de Menthe
A lickety-splity after-dinner mint, right out of the days of supper clubs and old ‘55s.
Dark Chocolate M&Ms
There’s something about the green ones (or so they say). A pack goes for about $1.
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Pure Castile Classic
Soaps “18-in-1” uses. Found at grocers, apothecaries, hardware stores, and the gas station.
It’s Snow Pea Season!
They’re good simply raw and in chopped salads.
You Never Can Tell what you’ll find at Above Ground Records @ the Triangle, Edgartown, (508) 627-4678.
Dried Goji Berries
Get your goji-on. Mighty high in vitamin C, this super fruit will get you through shingling the roof tops. 8 oz., about $7 at Healthy Additions, Tisbury, (508) 693-7097.
“Dear Strawberries” a prose poem by Elspeth Hay
If I could name you, I would call you this: my little sister, sitting in the row at Prout’s Pick-Your-Own. Two years old and covered, ruddy pink stains all over from her cheeks to those chubby thunder toes. Seeds in her hair and one hand in the bushes—the other moving methodically from stem to mouth. My mother down the row, her brow covered in that 1970s magenta tie-dyed kerchief cap, multiplying green quarts by eight faster than my father and I can run the basket flats. The woman at the weigh table adding up cash—and me standing small, tallying boxes: for jam, for slicing, for freezing, and a batch of shortcake come dark.
Favorite Brand’s Blueberry Ice Cream
Churned on MV by Karen Colombo. Available at grocers who support local artisan food makers. About $7 for a pint.
Yes, there are berries floating in this beer. Seasonally brewed by Offshore Ale Co. $3.00–$5.50, Kennebec Ave., Oak Bluffs, (508) 693-2626.
Berry stains are no problem when you’re wearing a berry-print apron from Alley’s General Store in West Tisbury, (508) 693-0088. From $19.99–$29.99.
Made in-house at State Road Restaurant, $8/jar, 688 State Road, West Tisbury, (508) 693-8582.
The Month of June in eV’s 2010 Calendar
Features l’etoile chef Michael Brisson’s strawberry tart with mascarpone and chocolate sauce. 2010 Calendars at Cronig’s, Bunch of Grapes, Alley’s General Store, Tony’s Market, $11.95.
Mimoso Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie
For a tart tangy yogurt hit, find this brand tucked away in the Vineyard Grocer’s coolers. $1.99–$3.99, Vineyard Grocer, State Road, Tisbury.
Tops off your berries with one simple squeeze. LeRoux at Home on Main Street, Vineyard Haven, $3.39.
Small, convenient carry-all to carry home your pick-your-own. Alley’s General Store, West Tisbury $3.99.
On Toast with butter for $3.50 at State Road Restaurant (during seasonal brunch hours). Coffee and newsprint extra.
Liberte Blackberry Yogurt
Thick, not too sweet, dessert for breakfast. About $1.50 for 6 oz., find it in grocery stores.
Find them at the Down Island Farmers’ Market, located at the Tisbury Wharf on Tuesdays, from 9am–1pm, starting June 29 and running through September 28th.
Raspberry Hard Candies
Les Framboises bonbons by La Vie. Keep a little ooh là là tucked away for when you want it. About $2.50 at discerning retailers.
Borage blossom sits atop of blueberry coulis drizzled over vanilla ice cream. How’s that for a rhapsody in blue? For edible flowers like borage, call Down-Island Farm. For ‘wild blueberries in a bottle’ (aka blueberry coulis) it’s $7.95 at Fiddlehead Farm, 632 State Road, West Tisbury.
Blue Corn Pancakes
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.
Nightshades on psychedelics. Try blue potatoes roasted, tossed with olive oil and thyme. Serve them in a red bowl to make your eyes wiggle. North Tabor Farm in Chilmark grows them. So does Bob Daniels. Forage for them at Vineyard Farmers’ Markets: West Tisbury, Down-Island, and Edgartown.
Architec Prep Mixing Bowls
Good things come in threes: each bowl sits still while mixing, pours easily, and stacks prettily.
Architec prep mixing Bowls, $29.99, LeRoux at Home, 63 Main Street, Vineyard Haven.
Fishing from the shore
For info on casting from the Island’s beaches, contact the Martha’s Vineyard Surfcasters Association.
Whimsically groovy. A favorite of the contractors-who-lunch. Scottish Bakehouse, State Road, Vineyard Haven, $3.50.
Kitsch Wine Opener
Don’t be left out on the beach without your souvenir kitsch wine opener. It’s survivor gear at $3.95, Alley’s General Store, West Tisbury.
Blue Paring Knife
Small knife slices small things, makes a big difference: garlic, scallions, radishes. $9.99, by Kuhn Rikon, LeRoux at Home, 63 Main Street, Vineyard Haven. (Comes in other colors too.)
“Blues” by John Hersey
This fictional work, rising from Middle Ground is an ongoing conversation between a stranger and a fisherman about bluefish. Timeless in place, water, and recipes. Vintage press, at Island libraries and, Bunch of Grapes, 44 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, $15.00.
Surf here for info on sustainable seafood, once you get past the mesmerizing effect of the homepage. Its sea images circulate in real time to wave heights measured by a NOAA buoy. Cool.
Island Bluesman 2/20/51–7/16/08
“Play it for Maynard!” If you’re lucky you’ll catch Johnny Hoy on stage, spurring on his Bluefish. Then they’ll dig a little deeper, darker, and dirtier, and you’ll dance a little hotter—evoking that musical grit in memory of Maynard. This man means so much to so many—for his musical growl, as a father to Milo, and husband to Basia. May he RIP in the ultramarine.
The blues live on, on-Island with Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish: CDs available at Above Ground Records, Edgartown. To make a donation in Maynard’s memory, give to Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group, Box 2214, Vineyard Haven.
A Culinary Journey
Meander the pages of Hot Sour Salty Sweet through the villages and markets of the Mekong River Valley with cook/photographers Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid. This is an extraordinary feast for the armchair anthropologist and an even better one if you’re wondering what to do with the bok choi you just picked up from the Whippoorwill CSA. Workman Press, 2000, about $45.
Junior League Locavore
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.
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.
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.
José Can You Sea Salt—so the label warns—“could be addictive.” Yo, José, you ARE addictive – own it! We carry you around in our bag and shake you out to season our egg sandwiches, hummus, soups, popcorn…you name it, we José it. Made in Chilmark, available at Alley’s General Store as well as many fine stores and pantries across the Island. 4-ounce jar, about $4.50.
Pepper, Poets & Pirates
Pirate Passion, EV’s hot-sour-coldsweet drink of the summer: Take one straight-up packet of sour Passion Fruit pulp and mix into two cups of cold water. Then shake as-much-as-you-dare Pirata brand Pimenta-Malagueta (a vinegar-based hot sauce) and a slight slosh of real maple syrup. Stir well, drink it down. Heave-ho + raise high the Scoville heat factor in a DIY drink that makes one Aquinnah landscaper we know break out in smooth, sweet song. Now there’s an endorsement! Polpa de Maracujá by Icefruit ($4.50) and Pirata® Pimenta-Malagueta ($3.50), available at Vineyard Grocer, Vineyard Haven.
Mother’s Little Helper
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.