Vineyard Deer Are Fat and Sassy, Except During Hunting Season

Mom and Dad:

It has been a long time since I swam over to the Island, leaving you guys in the past. I meant to write to you sooner, but I’m a deer, so it’s been tough for me to find the time or the means to get a message to you. I met a Canada goose last fall who promised to pass along this message in his travels, but I never saw him again and am not sure he ever found you. I hope you are all right. I know food was getting scarce on the mainland and those coyotes were making themselves very comfortable in your parts. I hope you have remained strong and healthy.

Librarian's Chicken Is Intuitive Chapter in Succulent Story

Roasted chicken is a comfort food I enjoy any time of the year. It is a simple pleasure that is accessible and easy for nearly all home cooks and provides a cost-effective meal for the whole family or for the individual with leftovers to be eaten for days and a carcass to be coaxed into a stock with endless potential. Even when purchasing a local bird for the average price of $5 a pound and up, the price per serving, with leftovers and soup included, is still in most shoppers’ price range.

Steamed Clams with Sausages & Roasted Pig Recipe

Steamed Clams with sausages and potatoes.

5 pounds littleneck clams, scrubbed clean

2 pounds pork sausage, poached and cut into 2 inch pieces

2 pounds new potatoes, boiled and salted

1 beer

2 handfuls parsley

Diapers to Derby Winner is True Keeper

In 2005 my sister Molly, then 12 years old, caught an enormous striped bass. It was so big when she finally hauled it onto the boat she backed away from it in fear and almost fell head over heels off the side of the boat into the churning ocean. I remember her telling me she thought she had caught an alligator. It is a story that has been told over and over again since then: a 12-year-old girl catching a giant bass and winning the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.

Recipes for Fresh Tomatoes



1 egg yolk

4 tablespoons canola oil

1 teaspoon water

1 teaspoon lemon juice

pinch of salt

Place an egg yolk in the center of a mixing bowl. Whisk the salt into the egg yolk. Very slowly drizzle the canola oil over the egg yolk while whisking vigorously to form an emulsion. Continue to whisk until you have formed a thick emulsification, thin with water as needed and add lemon juice to finish.

Atria’s Creamy Parsnip Soup With Prosciutto and Edgartown Bay Scallops

Atria’s Creamy Parsnip Soup With Prosciutto and Edgartown Bay Scallops


3 tablespoons butter

2 cups chopped onions

1 cup chopped celery

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

2 quarts chicken stock

4 pounds parsnips, peeled and diced

1 cup cream

6 ounces prosciutto or crispy bacon

1 pound bay scallops


Whole Roasted Bluefish

Whole Roasted Bluefish

1 whole bluefish, scaled and gutted (approximately 4-5 lbs)

Olive oil



Chervil, parsley or fennel, fresh and roughly chopped

1 lemon

With Lobster, as with Love, Simplicity Is Recipe for Success

Being in love is like eating lobster on the beach as the sun sets over the ocean on a cool evening in July. It is the feeling of washing down each butter-bathed morsel with a cold swig of bubbly wine, then stripping down and cleansing the remnants of the day away by diving head-first into the cool water. Being in love is knowing, while you swim, how lucky you are to warm yourself with the heat of someone else’s body, wrapped up together in one towel in front of a gentle fire as the night grows darker and the air cooler.

Steamed Lobster

Steamed Lobster

1 1/2 pound lobsters (one per person)

Unsalted butter

Salted butter

Lemon juice

On the Farm, Tending Family Mirrors Garden, Lots of Love

I live with my 97-year-old grandmother Rena in the farmhouse she bought with my grandfather in 1963, as a place for them to retire. She cried the day my grandfather walked her over to show her the house due to its disrepair. She was a bit of a city girl in her younger days. When she met my grandfather she was working as a hairdresser in her sister’s beauty shop in Harvard Square.