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

In the biggest pot you can find that has a lid, pour the contents of one beer.

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.

Mayonnaise

Place an egg yolk in the center of a mixing bowl.

A Pie Crust With Spirit

With Thanksgiving over, pie crust pressure is off. Whew.

On Island Tables: Holiday Angst Alleviated

If you are prone to anxiety, ‘tis the season for a full-blown attack, with Thanksgiving only weeks away and Christmas around the corner. Menus, grocery lists, hours in the kitchen, house guests — it all makes you want to leave the country or convert.

How to Say I Love You — Bake this Chocolate Cake

What follows is the recipe for Holly Eger’s I Love You Chocolate Sour Cream Fudge Cake.

Even the Kids Approve of this Carrot Soup

In the summer, when there is an abundance of produce available from our 28 Island farms, it’s easy for Vineyarders to plan meals based on local, seasonal food. But even with the vernal equinox upon us, winter is still maintaining its hold on our gardens, so making a meal based on Island food can be a challenge. Rebecca Miller, farmer and co-owner (with her husband Matthew Dix) of North Tabor Farm in Chilmark, is up to the task.

Best Ever Sugar Cookies

So, you promised to make Christmas cookies with the kids, but you’re feeling rather Scrooge-like.

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