To me, Martha’s Vineyard is home. We’ve had a house on the same bluff since 1888. As a kid, we’d move up in June and back Labor Day. Three months of beach, biking, and great food. My mother still goes for the entire season.
One of the most beautiful farms on the island is Beetlebung in Chilmark. Farmer and chef Chris Fischer, a 12th generation Vineyarder, just put out a cookbook packed with recipes inspired by his family’s farm— the perfect summer hostess gift.
Images © Beetlebung Farm’s Instagram feed.
Intreciatto leather slides
Double-breasted wool twill blazer
Theo raw-edge cowboy ankle boot
Layered denim peplum jacket
Thais oven raffia and leather skides
Pascalare 70mm boot black suede
Merida cropped cotton-blend twill wide-leg pants
If I’m not mistaken, April Bloomfield catered a Cartier dinner four years ago and it was one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten. We are busily planning and planting our vegetable garden and, like the cover of April’s new book, we love beets and have devoted an entire bed to different varieties. Out this week, A Girl and Her Greens will be my summer hostess gift.
While waiting to see images from the Céline FW15 collection, I was watching the Food Network–my Sunday mornings with Ina Garten. Following Ina was a show I’d never seen, Heartland Table with chef Amy Thielen. Young, cool, and after having spent nearly a decade cooking under David Bouley, Daniel Boulud and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the northern Minnesota native moved home with her husband and 1-year-old son into a cabin on a dirt road. I’m obsessed with Thielen’s local and seasonal approach to food and have ordered her cookbook.
Years ago, we bought a crockpot to make slow-cooked meals. Problem was, the pot was so enormous, it took forever to prep the amount of food to fill the damn thing. I think I made one pot of stew and then gave the the crockpot away.
After seeing these recipes in the recent GOOP newsletter, I’m inspired to try again. On cold winter weekends, a slow-cooked meal sounds divine.
In The Wall Street Journal
So, the blizzard was a bit of a non-event but, we are still home for a snow day. I saw this rosti (Swiss potato pancake) recipe in The Wall Street Journal last weekend and will make it today for a post-sledding lunch.
The fourth issue of my favorite food mag, Cherry Bombe, is out. The fantastic cover image of chef Kristen Kish was styled by Amanda Ross. And Cherry Bombe co-founder Kerry Diamond listed KiC as her go-to site—thank you, Kerry!
Photography by Jennifer Livingston
In The Wall Street Journal
In my mid twenties, I loved to cook. I hosted big dinner parties often and friends were always over for a meal. Then, I married and had children and cooking became my most loathed chore. A trip to the open market was once a favorite activity, now I dread grocery shopping. My girls and I actually play a game to see if we can be in and out of Whole Foods in under 15 minutes.
I don’t need Freud to understand my change of heart—too many years of making chicken fingers and having to provide a meal, even when exhausted and uninspired, killed my joy of cooking. But I am determined to reclaim a bit of the pleasure I once experienced preparing food.
I’m inspired by this very funny Q&A with cookbook editor Judith Jones in today’s The Wall Street Journal and I’m hoping that Jones’ new book “Love Me, Feed Me: Sharing With Your Dog the Everyday Good Food You Cook and Enjoy” will help me find my way back to the kitchen.
August is my favorite month for food. Not only is our garden producing madly, I have the time to fully focus on what we eat.
Lobsters– I am a lobster roll fanatic– trying and rating them as I travel around the Northeast is actually a hobby of mine. This summer we’ve had even more lobster than usual, so I’ve strayed beyond my New England roots and embraced (wholeheartedly) the lobster taco thanks to an article in the WSJ.
Grass-fed– I felt quite smug when I read about the benefits of grass-fed beef and dairy, also in the WSJ. When my girls were younger, I went to a nutritionist and she encouraged me to buy grass-fed, but it was hard to find 6 years ago. Fortunately, it’s now more readily available.
Gazpacho– Our garden overfloweth with cucumbers, but the tomatoes are very late. So I was thrilled to find both green and red gazpacho recipes in the NYT.
Jones Beach– I’m on the sound which is beautiful, but the beaches are rocky and we don’t often swim. Every summer, my friend and I talk about taking the kids to Jones Beach but it never comes together. Now that SmorgasBar: Brooklyn by the Beach, the L.I. cousin of the famed outdoor markets Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg, has opened a Jones Beach outpost selling locally sourced and artisnal foods, I’m even more inspired to go.
Finally, all natural sugar-free sweets that are good for you. Flora, a former Science teacher and Brooklyn based mum, cooked up Cracked Candy to sate her own sweet tooth. I cannot wait to try them!
“Why ‘Cracked’? “The name comes from the way Flora feels she has ‘cracked’ the secret of candy – as in taken away the guilt! ”
Her art director husband designed all the visual aspects of the brand and their toddler son has been chief taster.”
For anyone interested in eating well, I recommend this article in the WSJ on chefs and doctors teaming up to create delicious and healthy dishes. It covers “which foods we should eat more of, or less of, and why”.