02/08/17 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO | The cover of Joe' Lauro's film about Fats Domino.

COURTESY PHOTO | The cover of Joe Lauro’s film about Fats Domino.

He wasn’t as flashy as Little Richard, Chuck Berry or Buddy Holly, but he had more charted hits than the three of them combined. He sold over 60 million records, including five that went “gold” before 1955, influencing Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Elton John and scores of other musicians in the process.

In a fitting event for Black History Month, the Shelter Island Library’s “Friday Night Dialogues” will present “The Big Beat: Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock n’ Roll” on February 17 at 7 p.m. (more…)

10/09/16 3:00pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Season of the oyster

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | Season of the oyster

Oysters, oysters and more oysters! Seems like everywhere you go and nearly in every publication, there’s an increasing interest in these delectable bivalves. Many people are cultivating them and there are now dozens of different varieties on local and metro area menus. Seeding programs, such as the Billion Oyster Project in New York, abound, with an eye to improving the overall quality of our local waters while providing the ingredients for excellent dishes everywhere.   (more…)

09/09/16 12:00pm


TOM HASHAGEN PHOTO | How about a nice bowl of oyster stew?

TOM HASHAGEN PHOTO | How about them oysters?

When I was a neophyte cook, I was gifted an edition of Yankee Magazine’s “Favorite New England Recipes” (1972) from my aunt Jane, originally from Plymouth, Massachusetts. Countless times over the last 40 years I have gone to this book for classic recipes like Haddock Smother, Sour Cream Cornbread, Baked Beans and Indian Pudding. (more…)