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Bringing a Taste of Nantucket Home

September 3, 2016 0 comments

With the summer season coming to a close, one way to bring Nantucket home with you (where ever home happens to be) is to take some favorite Nantucket recipes with you.  Over the years a number of cookbooks have been published by Nantucket chefs and restaurateurs, as well as by island organizations and churches.  Many are out of print and are passed down through generations of island cooks, favorites dog-earred and margins littered with notes on substitutions and enhancements.
There are three Nantucket cookbooks still available for purchase here that we go back to time and time again for recipes and ideas:  Harvesting Nantucket: The Taste of Bartlett’s Ocean View Farm, Savor Nantucket, and A Kitchen Collection: Sconset Café.

Harvesting Nantucket is a collection of recipes featuring the produce grown at one of America’s oldest family farms.  Farm staff describes their book as bringing “the farm to your table with colorful photos of prepared foods and recipes featuring the produce of Bartlett’s Farm.”  Written by Barbara Gookin with food photography by Claudia Kronenberg, this cookbook includes the history of the farm and 75 recipes featuring fresh produce collected from local chefs and from the Bartlett’s farm kitchen.  The cookbook is available in hardcover at the farm and online at BartlettsFarm.com

Savor Nantucket is a collection of recipes from the parishioners and friends of the Church of St. Mary—Our Lady of the Isle.  All 196 recipes were tested and approved by the cookbook committee, so even those submitted by professional chefs are scaled for home cooks.  This cookbook is illustrated with photography by Jeffrey Allen.  According to church staff, there are just a handful of copies left, available at Mitchell’s Book Corner, Bookworks, and other island shops.

A Kitchen Collection: Sconset Café is a reprint of the first in a series published in the 1980s and 1990s by Pam McKinstry, chef and original owner of the Sconset Café.  In response to many requests from her customers, Judi Hill recently collaborated with McKinstry to reprint the first in the series — the “pink cookbook” and the one that includes the recipe for McKinstry’s famous Morning Glory Muffins — and is selling it in the G.S. Hill Gallery at 40 Straight Wharf.
Below are two staff favorites recipes from Harvesting Nantucket that are perfect during corn season!

Pasta with Fresh Corn, Ricotta, Roast Garlic, & Herbs
from Harvesting Nantucket
1 large head of garlic, top trimmed off
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
4 ears of fresh corn with husks
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 teaspoons grated lemon peel
8 ounces angel hair pasta
2 cups loosely packed mixed greens
2 cups torn radicchio leaves
1 cup fresh ricotta cheese (7-8 ounces)
1/2 cup finely grated parmesan
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, sliced thin
1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Place head of garlic on sheet of foil. Drizzle with 2 tbl. oil; wrap foil around garlic and crimp to seal tightly. Place garlic and corn on rimmed baking sheet.  Bake until corn is tender and garlic is soft, about 30 minutes. Cool slightly.
Squeeze garlic out of the skins into large bowl; add any oil from foil.  Add lemon juice, lemon peel, and 3 tablespoons oil; mash garlic, then whisk mixture.  Shuck corn; cut kernels from cob and transfer to same bowl.
Add pasta, greens, radicchio, ricotta, grated parmesan, and herbs to bowl with garlic mixture; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with shaved parmesan.

Fresh Corn & Sea Scallop Johnny Cakes
with Green Onion Sauce
from Harvesting Nantucket
for the sauce…
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup Greek style yogurt
1 tbl. worcestershire sauce
1 tbl. whole grain mustard
1 tbl. prepared horseradish

for the Johnny Cakes…
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2 tbl. all-purpose flour
1 tbl. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
1-1/4 cup buttermilk
1 tbl. chopped fresh chives
1 large egg
1 cup fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)
1 pound sea scallops, rinsed & patted dry
micro-greens for garnish

Puree sauce ingredients in a food processor and refrigerate.  In a large bowl; combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, powder, soda, salt, and red pepper. Add buttermilk, chives, and egg.  Whisk until blended.  Add corn.  Use a non-stick skillet with cooking spray on medium-high heat. Ladle batter into hot pan.  Nestle a sea scallop into each johnny cake.  Flip when edges begin to brown and cook an additional two minutes.  Serve with warmed sauce and micro-greens.