04.01.11

Whether it’s jam or tomatoes you want to can, you can easily learn the basics. Then perfect your skills with our recipes for hot peach chutney, green-chili salsa, and berry syrup.

By Catherine Walthers

08.30.11

Despite the fact that this drink has a devout Island following of brewers and consumers, many of the uninitiated remain too wary to ask for a taste.

By Rachel Schubert

03.01.11

This recipe comes from Saving the Seasons: How to Can, Freeze, or Dry Almost Anything by Mary Clemens Meyer and Susanna Meyer, published in 2010 by Herald Press. Makes about 4 pints

By Mary Clemens Meyer and Susanna Meyer

03.01.11

Native Islander Polly Bassett, who lives in West Tisbury, shares this recipe for a mild but flavorful salsa that you can use as a taco sauce, chip dip, or seasoning sauce.

By Polly Bassett

03.01.11

Serve on top of pancakes and waffles, or use for ice cream parfaits and other desserts such as panna cotta.

By Mary Clemens Meyer and Susanna Meyer

08.30.11

At many in-town homes, the area between the street and the house can be too small a patch to mow but too big to ignore.

By Susan Catling

08.30.11

One gardener shares observations gleaned from years of planting and tending a multitude of roses, some more gratifying than others.

By Sally Bennet

08.30.11

“I’m a nester,” part-time Island resident Catherine Urban admits as she walks through the cozy three-bedroom West Chop cape that she and her family rented for the first time last summer.

By Karla Araujo

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Understanding Kombucha

Despite the fact that this drink has a devout Island following of brewers and consumers, many of the uninitiated remain too wary to ask for a taste.

A Layered Look in a Little Garden

At many in-town homes, the area between the street and the house can be too small a patch to mow but too big to ignore.

Temperamental Beauty

One gardener shares observations gleaned from years of planting and tending a multitude of roses, some more gratifying than others.

Ask the Experts: Bringing a Bit of Home to a Summer Rental

“I’m a nester,” part-time Island resident Catherine Urban admits as she walks through the cozy three-bedroom West Chop cape that she and her family rented for the first time last summer.

Farm Animal Companions

They nourish the land as well as our lives.

One afternoon I walked into my house and there was a chicken in the kitchen. The side door had blown open, and Dark Beak had come inside, presumably to check on the spider population. She has a passion for spiders, and she knows what kind of housecleaners we are – it wasn’t the first time she’d been inside.

A New Architectural Vernacular

Historically, house plans were guided by a handful of traditional archetypes. Today, more contemporary features – such as an open floor plan – may take top billing, but understanding the Island’s architectural heritage can help in designing a new structure at ease in its surroundings.

Crafting a Colorful Summer Retreat

Historic musicians’ cottage gets a new life.

An Antidote to City Life

A laid-back sanctuary, this East Chop house is the result of a creative collaboration that expresses the homeowner’s distinctive sense of style.

Creativity in the Treetops

Designer Valerie Reese transformed what could have been just another garage apartment into an inviting, artistic home and studio.

From the Editor

Painting is a simple way to spruce up a house. And when times are tough, color offers an economical way to brighten your outlook too.

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