We’re excited to cook Thanksgiving Dinner for you again, as it was a big hit in the past and well enjoyed by so many of our VG Family. We’ve taken our best sellers, traditional favorites, and most common requests into consideration for this year’s menu. Find it below, and give us a call with any questions or to place your order.
by Éva Raposa, written for the lovely people at Vineyard Grocer!
If you didn’t catch it the title is in reference to the <<Coconut Oil Miracle book>> with literally more than 500 5-star reviews. People all over the world are hearing about coconut oil and finding that it actually CAN seem like a miracle!!
5 Amazing Uses (& Reasons to Use!) Coconut Oil
Soft Body & Skin. When I’m traveling, I actually pick up coconut oil once off the plane. It’s my go-to body lotion and hair softener.
Vegan Alternative to Butter. Just add some pink salt and VOILA this is a surprisingly enjoyable replacement for butter.
Cooking Oil. Coconut oil is made in a way that sustains heat much better than, say, olive oil. While olive oil is great on a salad, coconut oil is a much more suitable oil for cooking.
Healing Salve. Anytime we have a scratch or skin irritation, coconut oil is the first option for softening. It’s anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and so very soothing!
Base for FUDGE or CHOCOLATE!! Mix equal parts cacao powder and melted coconut oil, then add a pinch of salt, plus vanilla and sweetener to your liking. Once it’s well mixed, you can add it to chocolate molds, stick it in the freezer, and VOILA, you have delicious chocolate in about 20 minutes. YUMMM!!!
Before we dive in too deeply to the difference between hemp extract, I want to make sure you know about << this post here all about hemp extract >>. It dispels the common myths and I hope is helpful to you!
The major difference between hemp seed oil and hemp extract is that the extract uses the entire plant rather than just oil from the seeds.
Uses for Hemp (SEED!) Oil
Amazing on salads, in place of olive oil (the flavor is super rich and nutty)
Rub it into your skin after a shower as you would lotion
Not used medicinally for deep healing
Use it for baking… it’s especially delicious with roasted and baked fall harvest vegetables like butternut squash!!
Vs… Hemp Extract Oil
Add a small amount to smoothies or gently cooked foods (or even just… in a spoon taking it like a medicine).
Not to be used as a cooking oil!
Can be helpful for challenges related to joints, inflammation, pain, and even mood
Friends, we want to (finally!) properly introduce you to our sister business. <<For All Things Delicious is a lovely choice right here on Martha’s Vineyard for cakes and catering.>>
Because our For All Things Delicious team has just launched <<their own Facebook page>> and <<website>> they’re doing something special to celebrate but ONLY UNTIL MONDAY! Have a peek over on the site to check it out. You’ll see the freebie coupon right there on the home page! ENJOY!
We started out with plans to share with you about how healthy olive oil was, and we may just do that in these coming weeks. Olive oil is AMAZING!
For this week, we'd love to share some fun tips on ways to use olive oil that you might not have thought of. Or maybe you have heard some of these...?! We hope at least one creates a light bulb "gotta try that!" moment for you!
We also have a delicious recipe for marinade in the mix - great on meat OR veggies!
BEAUTY // LOTION.
Massage olive oil into your skin in place of lotion. Your skin will feel incredibly soft, but make sure to give it a few minutes to settle into your skin completely before getting dressed.
BEAUTY // MAKEUP REMOVER.
Simply put a bit of it on a damp cotton pad, and gently rub it in. Wash your face as usual after this, and your skin will be so clean and soft.
BEAUTY // NAIL STRENGTHENER.
Rub olive oil into your fingernails (and toenails!) to infuse them with antioxidants and moisture simultaneously. AND keep them extra strong!
Drizzle a bit on top of your soups for a lovely look and of course healthy and delicious addition. A dab will do! We like to use a small squeeze bottle for this so it’s just a thin line like in the picture.
Keep it in a cool, dark place, and make sure not to store it for longer than a year. The sooner you use it, the better!
HOW TO REPLACE BUTTER.
You can easily replace butter with olive oil in most recipes. The key is to reduce the amount by 1/4. (i.e. 1 Tbsp butter = 1/4 Tbsp olive oil)
MARINADE. (FOR MEAT *OR* VEGGIES)
Use this marinade recipe for meat OR veggies:
- 1/4 cup olive oil,
- 1/8 cup lemon juice (or your favorite vinegar!),
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt,
- 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh herbs of your choice,
- 1 clove minced garlic.
Bonus tip: Multiply the quantity of this recipe, be extra generous with the fresh herbs (to taste!), blend it up. And voila! An AMAZING dressing. Store it in the fridge in an airtight container, and shake well before using. Use it within 2-3 days.
We hope you enjoy these tips from your VG Family!! :-)
Surely you all have had plenty of picnics too, so we hope you’ll share your best ideas of what to bring along with us!! AND that this will inspire you to have a picnic this week, while we still have this amazing summer weather!
Picnic Essentials Checklist
essentials to enjoy
- Finger Foods
Ideally, you won’t need silverware or to make a big mess - let it be easy. Some favorites are cheese and crackers, sandwiches, and fruit.
Our BIG family-sized kombucha bottles (after you’ve enjoyed the kombucha!) are great for bringing drinks along. You could also BRING an actual bottle of kombucha, of course!!
essentials for ease
- Cups and Plates
- Cutting Knife + Small Cutting Board
- Cloth Napkins
- Bottle Opener if you're bringing wine/beer along(!)
- Trash Bag for easy cleanup
Friends, you know that every week we have an amazing selection of breads, cheeses, and crackers. But THIS WEEK (only!) we’re doing something extra special for our e-club members.
If you’re not an <<e-club member>> yet, do join in on the fun... It’s FREE, and every week you’ll have something extra special to enjoy.
HINT for this week: it’s all about the cheese ’n crackers!
At the bottom of this post, we have a delicious recipe to share with you. But for now, let’s just have a chat about Feta Cheese. :-)
This is one ingredient that can brighten up your whole dish if paired with the right ingredients.
One key is to make sure everything is SUPER fresh, and another is to have the right balance of acid (lemon, apple cider vinegar, tomatoes, etc.) AND fat (olives and olive oil are perfectly paired).
But I’ve also tried feta paired with mint and watermelon, and it was shockingly delicious! Here are some ideas to get you started!
more obvious friends of feta:
- Red bell peppers
- & Sun-dried tomatoes!
- As a stuffing in tomatoes
- & Olive oil!
- Red onion
less obvious pairings:
- Baked Potatoes
- Fresh dill
- In tortillas with your other ingredients… mmmm
Late Summer Salad
with Peaches, Arugula, & Feta
Servings: 4 side salads
salad base ingredients
- 4 cups arugula and/or spinach leaves
- 2 ripe peaches, quartered
- 8 fresh figs, quartered
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- (optional, not pictured) thin slivers of purple onion
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/ Whisk salad dressing ingredients in a bowl until well mixed, then toss with arugula and/or spinach leaves.
2/ Top with peaches, figs, and feta + the optional slivers of purple onion.
With the RIDICULOUSLY mouth-watering tomato harvest at hand, we thought you might enjoy this mini tutorial on how to make stuffed tomatoes! (Especially if you've not made them before!)
Note: For this recipe tutorial, we have not provided a filling recipe for you. You can literally use ANYTHING savory that will fit into a tomato, and rice (as pictured) is an easy go-to option if you have it on hand.
- 8 delicious island tomatoes*
- approximately 2 cups of filling of your choice
- cheese to add to the top
- parsley for garnish
* Of course during late summer, we hope you'd have delicious island tomatoes on hand, but any tomato will work!
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cut a thin sliver off the bottom of your tomatoes. This is simply so that they will sit flat on the plate when you're finished, rather than wobbling over on their sides(!!).
- Cut off the tops of your tomatoes. (Note: These AND the tomato seeds in step #3 can be tossed into a blended salad dressing or a nice cold gazpacho!)
- Scoop out the seeds, being careful to leave the base intact. The easiest way to do this is to cut a circle with a super-sharp knife, then a grapefruit spoon for scooping.
- Add your filling to the inside. We love rice, pâté, or ANY delicious food that can easily fit in a tomato. Let it be easy AND delicious, friends!
- Place the filled tomatoes in a glass baking dish, add cheese to the tops of each tomato, and bake in your pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes.
- Add your garnish, and ENJOY!