07/15/16 2:00pm
Summer treats in store

Summer treats in store

I was so happy last week to have my first corn of the season — tender, sweet and delicious! I decided to use it as a base for this recipe, adding local ingredients to make a succotash.

When helpmate saw that I was using beans and zucchini she said, “Why don’t you call it three sisters?” (more…)

06/21/16 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO | With local blue claw crabs readily available, why not turn them into crab cakes?

COURTESY PHOTO | With local blue claw crabs readily available, why not turn them into crab cakes?

One of the best things about summers on Shelter Island is the increasing number of places where you can get terrific, locally sourced food. If you don’t feel like cooking, there are several excellent restaurants that serve delicious dishes, using the absolute best ingredients they can find. If, though, you’ve got the time, inclination and just a little skill, you can put out a fine meal with almost everything obtained right here!   (more…)

05/13/16 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

“The treatment of the disease may be entirely impersonal; the care of the patient must be completely personal” – Francis Weld Peabody, M.D.

When it comes to health care, the priority concerns tend to be cost, coverage and accessibility. But how many people know, or care, about the ethical and social issues in medicine that can have a huge impact on autonomy, patient rights and compassionate care? Do you know what questions to ask, and how to ask them, when you visit a doctor? Do you know how long it takes for a physician to begin formulating a diagnosis during an initial consult? (Hint: it’s a lot shorter than you think!)  (more…)