11/03/17 2:00pm
DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Smoked Gouda and leek tart.

DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Smoked Gouda and leek tart.

October and November are great months to live on Shelter Island, but you need to work just a little harder to find the good local stuff. With fewer people and the return of a more tranquil rhythm, most of my stalwart farmstands have all but closed up.

Nonetheless, I know there’s local produce out there.  (more…)

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11/03/17 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTOS | From left: Fats Domino, Dr. John and trumpet player Dave Bartholomew (Fats songwriting partner for 68 years) at the Carver Theater during the premiere of Joe Lauro’s ‘The Big Beat’ at the New Orleans Film Festival on October 23, 2014.

COURTESY PHOTOS | From left: Fats Domino, Dr. John and trumpet player Dave Bartholomew (Fats songwriting partner for 68 years) at the Carver Theater during the premiere of Joe Lauro’s ‘The Big Beat’ at the New Orleans Film Festival on October 23, 2014.

Fats Domino died last weekend in Harvey, Louisiana. Over the course of his lifetime, Mr. Domino sold 60 million records and had more hits than any artist of his era, except Elvis. “Blueberry Hill,” “Ain’t That A Shame,” and “Walking To New Orleans” are just three of those hits, which is why, when he died on October 24 at 89 years old, he was remembered as a pioneer of American rock and roll and nothing short of a musical legend.

Perhaps no one would agree with that sentiment more than Joe Lauro — documentarian, film archivist, front man for the New Orleans-inspired band the HooDoo Loungers, and former Shelter Island resident. (more…)

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10/27/17 4:30pm
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The day was no more than an hour old when Ellen set out on Halloween for her hike.

Huge stones, which seemed to be growing out of the fields, looked purple in the new light. A stout wind cut across the flat limestone land where there was no vegetation to be seen, only rock. This place, called the Burren, stretches for miles across the western part of County Clare. (more…)

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10/06/17 2:00pm
DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO Cauliflower gratin

DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO
Cauliflower gratin

Steamed vegetables of any sort never did much for me.

Steaming is certainly one of least caloric ways to prepare them, but if given the choice, I like to cook most vegetables with some type of fat.

I still have grim memories of my middle school cafeteria, where uninspired ladles of steamed, mushy cauliflower were regularly unloaded onto our Styrofoam plates. I also remember the face of the cook doling them out. (more…)

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10/06/17 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | Maria Maier with her collection of crystal singing bowls

COURTESY PHOTO | Maria Maier with her collection of crystal singing bowls

Yogis have used them for years, and since the 1970s, their popularity has only grown.

They’re crystal singing bowls and they are used to facilitate meditation, various modes of holistic healing, and even as a supplement to mainstream medicine. (more…)