Eva Rawposa asked me to photograph her raw cooking class for her new web site. Even though it was December on Martha’s Vineyard, her class was filled with eager students ready to understand and learn simple techniques for cooking raw. Eva’s knowledge mixed with her casual and fun teaching style made for a very inspiring class.
It was a great day!
In Early Summer of 2008 I teamed up with writer Ali Berlow to do an article for Cape Cod Life on making ice cream with local milk from Mermaid Farm and Dairy in Chilmark. There were only three sweet, simple ingredients in our recipe – milk, honey, and eggs. My chocolate lab Morelle thought the results were particularly delicious.
You can view the complete article and recipe by clicking the link below-
With the sun setting over Katama Bay, waders on, waist high in water and camera in hand I had the most delicious conversation about harvesting quahogs with this wonderful salty man – Paul Bangs. Our conversation kept flowing as I felt the true sense of what I was seeing, smelling, hearing and documenting. Mr. Bangs, a Martha’s Vineyard local, harvests bivalves and other watery edibles year round from the waters off his home shore. He is also the author of the most delicious savory Quahog pie I’ve ever tasted. Paul’s long time friend and chef Dee Geiger from Tea Lane Caterers has deftly created a savory pie with delectable results from Paul recipes, AKA: Quahog Pie”. I love that Dee decorates the pie with a Quahog shell, center stage, bringing the sea into the grocery store and shopper.
With the sky turning crimson red and chimney orange our conversation continued until we reached the shore and downed some of the stray oysters Paul picked up while quahogging.
Last year, Nicki Miller, editor of the Martha’s Vineyard Magazine assigned writer Alexandra Bullen and yours truly, to photograph the Community Garden in West Tisbury for one year. It was a fabulous assignment and one that I was eager to take on.
This community garden is not only abundant and productive but its members eat year round from it’s soil. In their winter hoop house I found kale, mache, parsley, lettuce greens, tatsoi, swiss chard and spinach growing when it was 24 degrees and snowy outside. Master gardener Lynn Weber has been growing fruits and vegetables for the last 65 years ( 5 years at coho) and has much wisdom to share. Alexandra interviewed several residents and was able to capture and write a wonderful story about these folks at that intentional place they call Icoho.