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…)
TOM HASHHAGEN PHOTO | Asparagus mushroom quiche is a great dish for spring.
For this quiche, I played around with both the crust and the filling by kicking up the flavor and using local, seasonal ingredients. Try to get hold of some of Catapano Farm’s award-winning chèvre if you can, but any decent goat cheese will do just fine. (more…)
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“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…)
Seared salmon with fresh vegetables — an ideal dish for spring.
Salmon is a heart-healthy fish that lends itself to many culinary uses. There is discussion as to the use of “farmed” salmon as a sustainable choice versus the wild variety, but the latter’s price often puts it out of reach. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO | Roast leg of lamb.
With Easter and Passover approaching, home menus inevitably turn to seasonal items like lamb, brisket and latkes. I like all of them, but my favorite is still leg of lamb. This version is one I learned back in college, when the earth was young, from a student with Greek heritage. (more…)