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CHRIS FISCHER

MARTHA’S VINEYARD, USA

"Great food has a story," says third-generation farmer-turned-chef Chris Fischer. We meet with the Martha's Vineyard man to hear how life on Beetlebung Farm has helped to shape his culinary style.

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Clamming
in the cold

Clam Pasta

The arrival of spring brings longer, sunnier days, but there’s still time to make the most of the cold season’s shellfish. Whether you collect them yourself or buy fresh from the local fish market, this recipe for clam pasta is a winner from The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed and sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, 2 unpeeled and 1 peeled
  • Kosher salt
  • About 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus a high-quality olive oil to finish
  • 2 medium shallots, sliced
  • Generous pinch crushed red pepper
  • 12 oz. rigatoni
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 5 large quahogs, shucked and chopped; or 4 dozen littleneck clams, steamed open, shucked and chopped
  • 2 tsp minced lemon zest
  • About 3/4 cup homemade breadcrumbs, toasted
  • Freshly ground pepper

"Night or day, it's tempting to stay by the fire through early spring, but the season's crisp light is what I need to get through this time of year," says Beetlebung chef Chris Fischer. "On the water raking for clams, I enjoy the weather rather than resisting it."

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Island Delights

Already a popular summer vacation spot, Martha’s Vineyard is an island retreat for all seasons. In springtime, beaches, cliffs and nature reserves make for idyllic walks, while the many down-to-earth seafood joints provide the perfect reward after a day on the trail. Here are some of Chris’ favorite spots on the island.

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MarkMakers ESSENTIALS

Always moving between farm and kitchen, Chris Fischer relies on many different tools – but some he simply can’t do without. We took a rummage around Beetlebung Farm to uncover his daily essentials.

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Jacket "This is the perfect grilling jacket, just light enough as I go back and forth between the kitchen and an outdoor fire."

Pestle and Mortar "This ancient design is still best for pounding herbs and spices for a meal."

Shirt "A solid base for layering up outside. It makes me look as comfortable as I feel."

Cookbook "This is my first book and it’s very special to me. It's a personal history of my family's existence on Martha's Vineyard and what it means to grow up on this beautiful island."

Boots "It's not uncommon for me to go from the beach to the farm, or from mucky pig pens to the kitchen. I don't need to be worrying about my feet – and with these boots, I don't."

Watch "Cooking is a very precise thing, but I hate using my phone to time things. This is a great tool to coordinate meals, either in a restaurant or at home."

Jeans "Nothing says a good day's work like some muddy jeans at the end of the day. I'll usually wear these until they fall off me."

Knives "I can do basically anything with these three knives. One is a skinning knife that was my grandfather's, another is a Japanese hunting knife and the third is a filet knife for fish."

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