10.01.13

The smell of a simmering pot draws us into the kitchen, and sitting down to a steaming bowl of homemade soup is the perfect antidote to a cold, blustery day.

By Catherine Walthers

10.01.13

These biscuits, warm from the oven, could accompany quite a few soups. I’ve enjoyed them with beef, chicken, and vegetable soups.

By Catherine Walthers

10.01.13

This is similar to an Italian vegetable soup, only better (and easier) with added nutrients from the kale and a quick-cooking, delicious Italian grain called farro.

By Catherine Walthers

10.01.13

This is an easy-to-make vegetarian fall favorite.

By Catherine Walthers

10.01.13

This chunky chicken soup flavored with cumin, chili, and lime is served with a variety of toppings that include avocado, fresh cilantro, and crisp tortilla strips.

By Catherine Walthers

10.01.13

Make this stew in a large, heavy-bottomed stove-to-oven soup pot, such as a cast iron Dutch oven or an enameled pot.

By Catherine Walthers

10.01.13

Martha’s Vineyard is not particularly hospitable when it comes to fruit trees.

By Susan Catling

10.01.13

Since ancient times, maritime signal flags have been hoisted to transmit information between ships at sea.

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Ahoy From Afar

Since ancient times, maritime signal flags have been hoisted to transmit information between ships at sea.

From the Editor

Ingenuity is this issue’s red thread, the motif that winds its way through the pages. At the center of it all are two very different house lots in West Tisbury, each with distinct design challenges. One is a narrow site bogged down with wetlands restrictions, a sharp drop-off, and a specimen beech tree smack in the middle of the building envelope.

DAW: Immaculate Surroundings

We wish our house was bright and clean
Like this one in the magazine

Where no one messy – child or pet –

Has come within a mile, we bet.


With a Lens to the Sky

Out of a star-dense winter sky, the Hale-Bopp comet rears its brilliant head – a shining nucleus of ice and dust, trailing galactic gas and debris, forged light years away.

How It Works: Feng Shui - Guiding Energy Within a Space

You might want to think twice about where you put that coffee table.

Dressing a Landscape for Winter

Protective measures help plants survive the crueler months.

Bearing Fruit

Martha’s Vineyard is not particularly hospitable when it comes to fruit trees.

Art to Celebrate

A quirky, creative approach to textiles pays off for Island designer Libby Ellis.

The Art of Plaster

James Sanfilippo of Aquinnah is an artisan specialty plasterer.

Moss and Lichen

These tiny, ancient organisms are vital cogs in the Island’s ecosystem.

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