Monday, August 23, 2010

herbed farmer's cheese

A great nosher or lunchtime spread.

herbed farmer's cheese
makes 8 servings
time: 10 minutes (plus 30 minutes to rest)
adapted from Mark Bittman's The Minimalist Entertains

Puree one pound cold farmer's cheese (or fresh goat cheese or fresh cream cheese), 1/2 cup sour cream, and 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, one garlic clove in a food processor. (Alternatively mince the garlic and combine by hand with a whisk.)  Taste and season with salt and pepper.  Taste again. 

Scrape into bowl and refrigerate until stiffened approx one hour.  Serve with crackers, lightly toasted pita or vegetable sticks. (Also try tossing with pasta or stuffing into chicken breasts.)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

found in a2 :: bella italia

Bella Italia is not new for my family, but I thought I should give it a shout out for any locals. It's an awesome place for pizza, REAL pizza. It's a true New York/New Jersey style pizzeria, with pizza that tastes so good, you'd swear you were back home.  The calzones are fabulous too! 
Click on the link above to go to the website.  You can call in an order and pick it up for dinner.  It's located in the Colonade shopping plaza on Eisenhower Parkway.

Monday, August 16, 2010

the best buttermilk biscuits ever

Try this recipe on Joy the Baker's blog. It's been on there for over a year.  Apparently it's a family recipe, passed on by her dad.

And it was just perfect with a bowl of garden soup, fresh from my morning's harvest. 

P.S. Every single recipe on her site is fabulous.  Poke around a little bit while you're there.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

watch out! he might bite!

-seafood marinara for the gang-
When seafood is this fresh and tastes this good, all you need is a simple preparation. Shrimp and calamari poached in marinara sauce. Topped with chunks of fresh lobster.

Friday, August 13, 2010

T H E best lobster roll

I hate being a tourist. It makes me cringe, and I'll often go to considerable lengths to fake like I belong. But the truth of it is, I can't help but be a tourist. I don't live everywhere.

This translates to food too. I generally avoid the touristy restaurants- the traps that serve crappy food.
So when I found out that vineyard natives call Grace Church's Friday evening lobster rolls the best on the island, I knew where I was going to be.

See those hard-working Episcopalians back in the kitchen? That's where the magic happens. (Note that above the window to the kitchen hang a few of the awards that Grace Church has won for said lobster rolls.)

Lobster is so perfect by itself. All you really need is a little mayo and white pepper for a perfect sandwich.

This is how they package it so that you can take the sandwiches home. Someone's thinking outside the box.

And I'm almost certain we were the only tourists there. ;)

-- Posting From My iPhone (which takes terribly crappy pictures)