To say that Martha’s Vineyard is my happy place, as I often have, is an understatement. I’ve been coming to the island every summer since I was little. Basically, for as long as I can remember. And even in the peak of the August tourist season, it still holds so much hidden magic and local charm.
In addition to countless happy memories with my grandparents and extended family, I owe the island big time for my love of food. While there are many Martha’s Vineyard restaurants that will keep you well-fed during a visit, the local agriculture and farming community are what make the island such a special place to cook.
I’ve already given you many line items from my vineyard culinary highlight reel, from the fresh Morning Glory Farm corn with basil butter to the island fresca soup I recreated from Red Cat Kitchen. Not to mention all the years of seared scallops, crispy yellowtail flounder, and baked bluefish from Edgartown Seafood. Continue reading
I had some unexpected realizations during hydration month of the wellness project. Mainly, that my consumption of green juice was causing me to bleed green. I’ve since managed to balance my beverage budget. For the most part, I don’t buy coffee or coconut water out on the town. But the one bottle I’m still a die-hard sucker for is kombucha. And after I managed to spend $10 in a two-hour window on a concoction similar to this watermelon kombucha recipe, I knew it was time take matters into my own hands at home.
The scene of this spending spree was a little coffee shop in Seattle. I tagged along on Charlie’s business trip a few weeks ago, and after several days of working remotely from the hotel lobby, I decided to take FMP headquarters to greener, more organically caffeinated pastures.
As any freelancer or home-bound workhorse knows, finding a good coffee shop for your mobile office might just be more difficult than sourcing a flattering pair of white skinny jeans, bad picture of Ryan Gosling, or intelligent statement from Ryan Lochte (depending on your interests/hobbies). The coffee and free Wifi have to be strong, the music soft, and the tables amble and sparsely occupied. Starbucks never seems to fit the bill, even in its hometown. So after a few pit stops for gluten-free bread and sustainable seafood, I was grateful to find Victrola Coffee Roasters, which not only checked all the necessary boxes, but also served up watermelon-cucumber kombucha on tap. Continue reading
For a professional food babe, I’m surprisingly suspicious of kitchen gadgetry. So when my first spiralizing apparatus landed on my doorstep, designed by none other than the doyenne of inspiralization, it took me a few weeks to get up the courage to rip open the package and let the blades go to town on the bell peppers in this beef taco skillet recipe from her new cookbook Inspiralize Everything.
I’ve gotten to know Ali Maffucci over the last year through my #friendsinfood events in New York, and become slightly hypnotized by the volume and beauty of all the squiggly veggies spiraling out of her kitchen. Between that, and being a gluten-free recovering carboholic, you might think I’d have ditched the kelp noodles and jumped on the spiralizing bandwagon sooner. But I couldn’t bring myself to buy the machine. Continue reading
It doesn’t escape me that every time I post something overtly meat-related, I immediately lose about 20 Instagram followers. Sadly, this is also what happens with every picture I post of Charlie. This makes both of us sad, but perhaps some people just aren’t into hunks of man meat either?
Luckily, shellfish hasn’t been quite as offensive, but I’ve still taken your social media behavior as an implicit request to throw more veggie options into the mix. So in honor of Meatless Monday, and in the name of my post-road trip detox, I’m interrupting this month’s #summerseafoodchallenge programming to bring you a creamy vegan zucchini soup recipe. Continue reading
Ever since I made this steamed clam recipe in the comfort of my Brooklyn apartment (in another episode of “Phoebe Versus the Snapchat Timer”), I’ve been on the move. Summer (and endless wedding season), usually means I’m barely home during July and August. But this year I decided to tag along on Charlie’s work travels to LA and Seattle, taking my suitcase nomadry skills up a notch.
My travels, though, have been feeding this site more than usual. I decided a few months ago that I wanted to dedicate August on the site to sustainable seafood and easy weeknight meals to make with varieties outside the typical salmon-tuna-shrimp trio. A weekend in Martha’s Vineyard led me to a talk with Paul Greenberg on the subject. And now these two weeks in the Pacific Northwest seem to be another case of what I like to call “synchronicity highway,” seafood edition. Continue reading
There’s an on-going shtick in my family around my dad’s hatred of bluefish.
Every summer, when I make my pilgrimage to Martha’s Vineyard, my mom asks me what I want for dinner on my first night back. “How about bluefish?” I suggest. To which she replies, with a sigh: “well, you know your father.”
Many years ago, my dad developed a prejudice towards bluefish. I won’t go and say it had anything to do with its darker flesh. But probably as a result of a bad experience in a restaurant, he found it to be too oily and fishy. And yes, the darker bottom bits—the kind you’ll experience on a salmon fillet to a lesser extent—didn’t thrill him either.
Only, that was then and this is now. Continue reading
In keeping with the tradition of the last few weeks, I’m bringing you a quick Brazilian treat to light up your Fri-yay and get you excited for tonight’s Olympic kick-off.
Somehow all the mayhem in the media around this summer’s games has only gotten me more excited to see what will go down in Rio tonight. Will the Russian athletes look like hallowed out versions of their former selves? Will the outdoor swimmers be able to do the breast stroke in hazmat suits? And will the country make up for its lack of expensive pyrotechnics (and half-built stadium?) by outfitting the entertainment in the region’s finest neon thong bikinis? Continue reading
During The Wellness Project, one of my hardest challenges was deciding what food rules to live by. And I quickly learned that devising those healthy hedonist parameters for the land was a lot easier than doing so for the sea.
Choosing seafood that is both healthy for you and also poses limited environmental risk is a tricky business–even more so than sourcing sustainable meat. For starters, you have to weigh a lot of components: mercury, omega 3 ratios, the varying quality of farming practices, the scarcity of what’s in the wild, and simply knowing how the hell to cook the species you’ve never heard of.
I’ve been lucky to get a lot of practice trouble shooting the latter during my summers on Martha’s Vineyard. And since August is probably the month when you’re most likely to step outside your seafood comfort zone, I thought it would be an opportune time to take on a #summerseafoodchallenge and dedicate a few weeks on the blog to talking about the best fish to eat and how to cook them. Continue reading