03/24/18 3:00pm
CLARK MITCHELL PHOTO | Moroccan Carrot Salad spices up a cold day in early spring

CLARK MITCHELL PHOTO | Moroccan Carrot Salad spices up a cold day in early spring

I’ll never forget the gastronomic jolt I experienced when I first tried Moroccan food. I was 17-years-old and spending a semester at the American School of Tangier. On the very first day, a classmate and I wandered off campus and had lunch at a tiny café full of men smoking hookahs and drinking hot mint tea. I remember having couscous and being completely surprised by the complex flavors of mint, cumin and other spices that to this day I can’t identify. (more…)

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02/25/18 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO  Island artist Margaret Garrett, newly-minted VCCA fellow, in front of some of her work.

COURTESY PHOTO Island artist Margaret Garrett, newly-minted VCCA fellow, with some of her work.

Margaret Garrett of Shelter Island has been awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). VCCA is located near Sweet Briar College in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains. (more…)

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02/23/18 2:00pm
CLARK MITCHELL PHOTO Creamed chicken is the perfect comfort food and makes use of leftovers, too.

CLARK MITCHELL PHOTO Creamed chicken is the perfect comfort food and makes use of leftovers, too.

Much of my cooking involves using up every scrap of food that comes into the kitchen.

And what isn’t repurposed into something edible gets composted. I hate wasting anything. That’s why creamed chicken shows up regularly on the dinner table at our house. (more…)