Kitchen Porch - Martha's Vineyard - locally inspired, seasonally influenced, thoughtfully sourced
Culinary Experiences

This morning I woke up in a funk. It’s January. It’s dark and cold and there is no snow! We have had stellar weather up until this week, and suddenly, I am ready to find sunnier windows or piles of snow. I need some sun, heat and gorgeous food that is not being shipped from elsewhere!

I have been cooking a lot of Indian food lately! I had some of the women from my yoga class over to my house the past two Wednesdays. We mixed up spices to make curries and made dishes incorporating the spices. How warm and nurturing spicy Indian food is. Since the last Metabolic Boot camp, I have been including turmeric in my morning smoothies every morning. I had been so disappointed in the turmeric that I was getting, that I asked Caitlin Jones of Mermaid Farm if she would grow some - and she did! It's citrus season! Today we put up 190 jars of organic preserved lemons. I ordered two cases of Meyer lemons that should be in tomorrow and we will start again.

I am proud to team up with the Hob Knob in Edgartown in offering some upcoming special events. February 10th & 11th offers you our Feast of the Senses just in time for Valentine's Day. Locavore education with delectable local oysters and radishes are featured on Friday night with a tasting menu and Saturday night is all about relaxing and watching cooking demonstrations on making, then enjoying a delicious meal including tenderloin, potato tart and molten chocolate cake. March at Hob Knob brings John Bagnulo and I together again to offer our Metabolic Boot Camp - the cost is $725 and Hob Knob accommodations start at $150 per night. This is an amazing opportunity and the perfect time of year to benefit from a Spring Cleanse! In addition, I am planning our Living Local Classes Culinary Experiences 2012 scheduled classes and events. Look for our new Canning Club from August through November. I am working on writing up all classes and they will be posted shortly.

And from Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard: We will start our 2012 activities with an invitation to you - the Vineyard Community - to help shape the future of good, clean, and fair food on MV by exploring strategies for expanding the local food movement on this island. Join us on January 26th at the Chilmark Community Center from 5:30-7pm.  We'll provide the popcorn and cider. We want to hear your ideas, strategies, and opinions. Together we will explore key questions regarding local food sourcing. Our shared responses will help shape the future direction of Slow Food MV.

I am honored, once again, to go to Washington DC and volunteer for a fundraiser benefiting DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table, two very big soup kitchens in DC. It’s a great event that spans all weekend for participating chefs. This year I am teamed up with chef Rob Weland, a leading caterer in the DC area along with Eric Michael - and Alice Waters will be the guest of honor at our dinner. I have been having a great time planning this event. Of course I will have Menemsha Bay Scallops and Katama Bay Sweet Neck Oysters. serving this meal to contributors who have paid $500. Per plate. It is an honor and exciting to cook for so many generous folks. If you are in the DC area January 21-22, and would like to participate as a guest, tickets are almost sold out for the dinners, but the Saturday Night Sips still has plenty of room. Call me on my cell if you are interested: 508 360 4491 or visit DC Central Kitchen for tickets and more information. I’d love to see you there.


Jan Buhrman
Kitchen Porch

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