05/05/17 4:30pm
PHOTO: TIFFANY LAUFER/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS A monarch butterfly feeds on Joe Pye Weed, Eutrochium maculatum.

PHOTO: TIFFANY LAUFER/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS A monarch butterfly feeds on Joe Pye Weed, Eutrochium maculatum.

With so many signs of spring around us and a few summer-like days already here, most of us have probably started to think about our gardens and landscaping. Many early flowering plants have passed their peak and the sound of the lawnmowers have begun to penetrate our peaceful neighborhoods. Since this is the season of ‘things new,’ maybe we want to consider creating something different.

This is the time to break a bit from ordinary patterns and add adventure to our lives — or, at the very least, our landscaping. (more…)

04/28/17 10:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | The author and chef's horseradish crackers.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | The author and chef’s horseradish crackers.

April is a difficult month for locavores. At a time when green shoots are coming up everywhere, and fruit trees are blooming, there is nothing green to eat, nor fruit to pick. The only edible things coming out of the earth in this season must be dug up, and that’s why horseradish is my subject. Planted in the spring, it grows all summer, fall and winter until a year later, it’s a root that looks like a shillelagh and acts like smelling salts.

Think of horseradish as Long Island mustard. (more…)

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04/13/17 4:30pm
WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

With the first signs of spring in the air, Islanders will have a few choices of restaurants on Easter Sunday if they don’t want to stay home and cook and haven’t accepted invitations from friends or family. (more…)

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04/05/17 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO Up next: On Friday April 21st, Cara Loriz, Executive Director of the Organic Seed Alliance, will discuss seeds and the future of food.

COURTESY PHOTO Up next after the poets have their say this Friday —  On Friday April 21st, Cara Loriz, Executive Director of the Organic Seed Alliance, will discuss seeds and the future of food.

In celebration of National Poetry Month, “Poetry Nation … Poets look for America” is the theme of a reading on April 7 at 7 p.m. at the Shelter Island Public Library. (more…)

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03/30/17 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Scotch eggs.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Scotch eggs.

A few weeks back, I met a lovely person in a bar, and we got to talking about chickens.

Sarah Ehmig lives around the corner from the brewery where we met in Dunedin, Florida, on enough property for a stylish chicken coop of innovative design. (Her partner designed and built it for her.)

She told me all about her four hens and even showed me pictures of her flock. (more…)