Vineyard Picnic Area

Vineyard Picnic Area

It’s spring here on Martha’s Vineyard and the lure of island life is enticing me to sit, drink a a cup of tea, and have a little nibble of a picnic.

Strawberries

Strawberries

Strawberries are the irresistible taste of spring. They’re juicy, refreshing, great for pies, excellent for picnics, and perfectly in season. Strawberries aren’t truly berries, because of their seeds that are on the outside. An average strawberry has approximately 200 seeds. If you don’t want the seeds on your strawberries, you can gently peel off the […]

Dining Al Fresco

Dining Al Fresco

If you’re preparing for an outdoor party or get-together set the stage ahead of time by purchasing disposable plates, cups, silverware, and napkins. Make sure to have trash bags, paper towels, and cleaning supplies on hand. Clear off the counters and dishwasher in advance, so you have an open work space. If you’re dining al […]

Making The Most Of Seasonal Berries

Making The Most Of Seasonal Berries

Just a few fresh berries add color and nutrients to a salad, cocktail, or mocktail. Stock up on fresh berries, wash and freeze them in a single layer on a sheet pan. Then transfer to a freezer bag for future smoothies and baked goods. Add a handful of berries to a parfait, with yogurt for […]

Fairy Doors 🚪

Fairy Doors 🚪

The legend goes that fairy doors are gateways to the world of fairies. They’re magical portals that can appear and disappear at random. Only those who believe will be able to find them.

Cherry 🍒 Peach 🍑 Jam

Cherry 🍒 Peach 🍑 Jam

It’s Jam Making Time Again!

Freezing Herbs

Freezing Herbs

Make prep a snap with herb ice cubes, ready to toss in the pan. Freezing herbs is an excellent way of preserving fresh delicate herbs that cannot be successfully dried. They will lose their fresh appearance and texture, but are still suitable for use in cooking. They should keep for up to 3 months. To […]

Basil

Basil

Basil derives its name from the Greek word basilikos, which means royal, because it was regarded as such a special herb that only the king was allowed to cut it. This delicate aromatic herb is widely used in Italian and Thai cooking. Basil has a sweet, slightly pungent perfume, which you will notice just by […]

Chocolate

Chocolate

The labels of many chocolate brands now state the amount of cacao (which means cocoa beans or any part of the beans, including cocoa butter) in their chocolate. The higher the cacao content, the less sugar the chocolate contains. You will also see chocolate described as bittersweet or semisweet. The USDA puts all sweetened dark […]

Carrots

Carrots

The orange carrot we know and love today came originally from Holland, but up until the Middle Ages, all carrots were purple. Gardeners often delight in such oddities, but you will be very lucky to find any purple specimens available in stores or supermarkets. Carrots contain large amounts of carotene and vitamin A, along with […]