10.05.2017

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My latest recipe for Spicy Cauliflower-Red Lentil Burgers is up on Food52. Here is a little sneak peek…

The Veggie Burger That Turns into 3 Different Meals

Making weeknight dinners on a tight schedule is my thing (see: my book), and I never stop searching for simple, adaptable, satisfying zingers that lift me up at the end of the day. My favorite recipes are both familiar and surprising, highly adaptable, and have pieces that can be made ahead of time, leaving us with slightly re-jiggered leftovers for tomorrow’s lunchboxes and dinner.

These vegetable burgers fulfill all of my weeknight dinner criteria. To prove it to you, I’ve outlined ways you can adapt this recipe to satisfy your tastes (or what you have in the cabinet), ways to prepare pieces of it beforehand (nothing better than getting a head start), and ideas of how to transform leftover burgers into a second (and equally exciting) meal.

Click here for the full story and recipe. All photographs by Elizabeth Cecil.

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09.26.2017

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Each month I write a story and related recipe for Martha’s Vineyard Magazine. I have free rein over the topic and have talked about everything from berry sherbet to imperfect tomatoes and desk lunches. Right now I’m working on a story about local venison – the hunting, butchering, and favorite family recipes using different cuts of the animal. I love talking to islanders about food and this column allows me to do that on a regular basis. In case you’ve missed them, here are my last three articles for the magazine. Each has a recipe along with it.

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JULY – Martha’s Vineyard Magazine : Two Scoops of Summer (plus a recipe for Raspberry Sherbet)

AUGUST – Martha’s Vineyard Magazine : Second Act (plus a recipe for Salmorejo)

SEPTEMBER – Martha’s Vineyard Magazine : Thinking Outside the Lunchbox (plus a recipe for Lemon-Tahini Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas)

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09.08.2017

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I’m heading off island next weekend and cruising down to NYC for a couple of really fun book events. So all you New Yorkers, please come and say hello! I will bring some special island treats with me so if bribery helps…consider yourself bribed.

Here are the details:

Saturday September 16th – Union Square Greenmarket from 10:00 – 12:00. Here is the full list of cookbook authors signing at the Greenmarket this fall (so impressive!).

Sunday September 17th – Brooklyn Book Festival Day (Brooklyn Borough Hall and Vicinity) at Roost Books Booth #326 from 10:30-11:00. Click here for festival details.

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08.22.2017

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The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair was just in town for four days and we hit it hard – rides, games, watching woodsmen chop logs and oxen pull heavy loads. There were piglets and the cutest baby goats of all time. At the end, Dylan announced that the fair is better than Christmas and I have to say, I kinda agree.

Every year we enter homemade goodies in the fair. This year Gray entered a pile of popsicle sticks glued together entitled “Cage” and Dylan entered a clay model of a brown bear. Nick wanted to enter a loaf of sourdough after taking the blue ribbon in mens bread last year but surfed instead of baked. I entered the single crust pie category with a Southern Tomato Pie.

I have to admit I had little hope of my tomato pie fetching a ribbon. This is a very classic yankee fair and summer fruit pies almost always take the ribbons. That said, I am a lover of savory pies and really wanted to take advantage of the amazing island grown tomatoes. I adapted Vivian Howard’s Southern Tomato Pie recipe and got the third place ribbon. This is not a simple, quick recipe. It has many steps but the end result is really special. First, you use over 3 pounds of tomatoes. Half are drained over a sieve and kept fresh while the other half are roasted in the oven with fresh thyme. The crazy part is the cheese mixture that is spread over the tomatoes – fontina, parm, and MAYO. If you know me you know mayo is the one food on this earth that I despise but this was a country fair entry after all and I was baking for the judges, not myself. I have to say, when the pie came out of the oven I was convinced the mayo was a good idea.

*PARTY! If you’re on Martha’s Vineyard this weekend come stop by the West Tisbury Library on Sunday from 6:00 to 7:00. I’ll be there selling books along with island author pals Jennifer Tseng and Susie Middleton. We will have bubbly drinks, cake, and snacks. I hope you come and join us!

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Southern Tomato Pie from The First Lady of Carolina Cooking

Makes 1 pie

For the pie crust

1 14 cups all-purpose flour
2 12 teaspoons granulated sugar
12 teaspoons salt
6 tablespoons cold butter cut into 12-inch cubes
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon ice-cold water
12 teaspoon white vinegar

For the filling and topping

3 1⁄2 pounds vine-ripe tomatoes, cored, seeded, and cut into 1⁄2-inch dice, divided
2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 teaspoon sugar, divided
1 tablespoon butter
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced with the grain
1 teaspoon picked thyme
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
14 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
13 cup packed whole basil leaves
12 cup mayonnaise
13 cup grated fontina
13 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
2 large Roma or heirloom tomatoes, thinly sliced and blotted dry with paper towels
Make the pie crust: Place the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium for a few seconds. Begin adding the butter one cube at a time. Continue until the flour is speckled and crumbly, about 4 minutes. With the mixer still running, add the water and vinegar until just combined. Do not overmix. Press the dough into a 6-inch disk, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator overnight.
Bring the crust to room temperature and lightly butter a 10-inch metal pie pan. Preheat the oven to 400°. Dust your counter and rolling pin lightly with flour and roll the crust slightly larger than your pan. Lay the crust in the pan and press gently into its edges. Cut off the edges that hang over and discard. Freeze for at least 15 minutes or until you’re ready to blind-bake.
Lay foil or parchment paper on top of the crust and weigh that down with dried beans or rice. Blind-bake the shell for 30 minutes. Remove the pie weights and foil or parchment and bake 5 minutes more. Set the cooked crust aside as you prepare the filling.
Make the filling: Toss half of the diced tomatoes with 1⁄2 teaspoon salt and 1⁄2 teaspoon sugar. Set them over a colander to drain while you get everything else ready, at least an hour.
Lower your oven to 375°. In a medium sauté pan or skillet, melt the butter and then add the onion and 1⁄2 teaspoon salt. Cook over medium-low heat until deeply caramelized. This will take about 45 minutes. If the onion gets away from you and burns a little, add 1⁄4 cup of water to the pan, scrape up the overbrowned bits, and keep going. In the end, you have a scant 2⁄3 cup caramelized onion.
Toss the remaining diced tomatoes with 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, thyme, and olive oil. Spread in a single layer on a sheet tray with as much room separating the individual pieces as possible. Slide the tray onto the middle rack of your oven and roast for 30-35 minutes. You’re looking for the tomatoes to dry out and brown slightly.
Once all the individual components are done, stir together the onion, the fresh and roasted diced tomatoes, the remaining salt, sugar, black pepper, and basil.
Make the topping and finish the pie: In a separate, smaller bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, fontina, and Parmigiano. Spoon the filling into your blind-baked crust. Top with the cheese mixture and tomato slices. Bake in the middle of your oven for 30 minutes. You can serve this warm or at room temperature. Both have their virtues.

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07.26.2017

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Come join me and Feeding a Family‘s photographer Elizabeth Cecil at the 2017 Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival! We are participating in two really exciting events. All the details are below. This is the perfect excuse to come visit the island and give us a high five in person!

Saturday August 5th: 9:00 am Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown MA (Edgartown Room). Free event.

Cooking & Culture Panel Discussion: Sarah Leah Chase (The New England Open House Cookbook), Susie Middleton (Simple Green Suppers), Joan Nathan (King Solomon’s Table), and Sarah Waldman (Feeding a Family) moderated by Glenn Roberts, Founder Anson Mills.

Sunday August 6th: 10:15 – 11:30 Chilmark Community Center, Chilmark MA (Stonewall Tent). Free event.

Sarah Waldman and Elizabeth Cecil will be in conversation with Laurie David from 10:15 to 11:00. They will then sign copies of Feeding a Family in the book signing tent from 11:00 to 11:30.