Living Local

Best of the Vineyard

Best of the Vineyard gives businesses and non-profits and places, the chance to be recognized for their work and achievements, and we at Kitchen Porch and Back Porch have been so humbled by all the support we’ve received over the last four years. Please consider voting for us again. Last year (2017) we were voted […]

Spice up your Holiday Recipes

This holiday season consider a dinner that brings out the warm spices of cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg, ginger and allspice. Similar to the spices of apple pie and oatmeal cookies, these spices originate in North Africa and the Middle East and originated as savory meal enhancers.. These flavors work well together; consider a ginger whipped […]

Plastics and Our Health

John Bagnulo and I offered a Fall Cleanse retreat last week. Our focus was on Plastics, Gut Health and a Low Carb Diet. Gut health and the interrelationships between environmental or psychological stress was the common thread throughout the week. Plastics have a huge effect on human health, and cause long-term pollution in our food […]

The Thanksgiving Menu

Created by  Jan Buhrman and Meave McAuliffe Here we have created a Thanksgiving menu with all the recipes. We offer gluten free alternative and no white sugar. We substitute the sweetness with dates and honey and love! This is the menu for the Thanksgiving Cooking Class. One 12-16-pound turkey ~ cooks about 1.5 hours: Allow […]

We Are Preparing for Our Upcoming Cleanse this October

John Bagnulo and I have been teaching workshops since 2009 and we are a solid team. John teaches science and I teach the recipes. We both teach about balance and well being and ways to tune into your own health. We have a lot of fun teaching and learning from our participants and from each […]

Black Bass made simple and easy

I am always asked for easy recipes and really, this is the way I cook most dinners. This week on Martha’s Vineyard the fish of choice is Black Sea Bass. I whipped this up from the basic staples I have on hand in the pantry. (Hint: always have ginger, tamari, onions and chili on hand.) […]

Keftes Garaz, Syrian Meatballs with Cherries and Tamarind

A gift from my dear friend Joan Nathan. I just love her to pieces and many of my classic dishes either have been inspired by her recipes or they were gathered in her presence! This is one of my favorite recipes from her new book, King Solomon’s Table. I cooked a load of recipes from […]

Caponata Siciliana di Melanzane alla Giudia

I gathered with my dear friend Joan Nathan this week. We are each cooking a recipe from her new book, King Solomon’s Table.  I just love her caponata. It is a bit different than mine in that it has carrots and celery in it. I recently adapted my recipe to hers. So here I share […]

Jerusalem Artichokes

With a misleading name and weird appearance, Jerusalem Artichokes (also known as sunchokes) seemed like an interesting root vegetable to “dig” a little deeper into! We love these little tubers around here…from thickening soup to substituting for potato, the Jerusalem Artichoke is a great alternative starch but is also holds up on it’s own and […]


We have a new spice mix at the local West Farmer’s Market. It is a Kitchari (pronounced kich-ah-ree) Spice mix, which is an Indian Curry. Kitchari is a traditional Ayurvedic healing meal.  It is prepared with a cooked mixture of the spice mix, ghee (clarified butter),  yellow mung dal and basmati rice. You will find […]

Support your Local Egg Farmer

Here on Martha’s Vineyard, Kitchen Porch Catering is cooking up a bunch of egg recipes! We have a bunch of farmers who have tons of eggs this time of year. We are testing recipes with eggs and eating eggs for breakfast and lunch and omelettes for dinner!   Check out your local egg farmer who […]

Persian Lamb Broth Soup

Serves 8 Find a wonderful lamb farmer; my favorites are Allen Farm or Mermaid Farm of Chilmark, MA and Jameson Farm in Pennsylvania. 10 lbs. of lamb bones is a good amount to make a bone broth. I like knuckles cut into small pieces because you will get more collagen and they are easier to […]

"For me, food and life are one and the same."
Jan Buhrman

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