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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…)

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02/14/18 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO

What does it mean to live on an island when you are part of a couple? A honeymoon vacation that never ends?

Or a life of exile cut off from friends and family?

On the occasion of Valentine’s Day, we asked a variety of Islanders in committed relationships to tell us what living here means to a long-term romantic relationship. (more…)

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02/09/18 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTOS The cake that says, ‘be mine.’

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTOS The cake that says, ‘be mine.’

It’s all too easy to say, “I love you.” Making cake is harder.

On Valentine’s Day, when it’s especially important to let the one you love know it, one way to express affection is to make a heart-shaped, homemade butter cake, topped with pink whipped cream frosting. To make a cake like that requires not just love, but devotion. (more…)

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01/19/18 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Seth Nathan at Isola in the Heights.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Seth Nathan at Isola in the Heights.

Seth Nathan is the executive chef at Isola, a restaurant in the Heights. Halfway through his first winter on Shelter Island, he’s still — remarkably — smiling. For a guy born in Ojai, California, and raised in Malibu, staying warm and cheerful in a Northeastern winter is no minor accomplishment. (more…)

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01/09/18 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Tom Damiani, Mashomack’s visitor center coordinator on December 30, when he counted birds as the sun set, and several inches of snow came down.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Tom Damiani, Mashomack’s visitor center coordinator, on December 30, when he counted birds as the sun set, and several inches of snow came down.

In 1904, Roy Latham, a farmer and amateur naturalist, counted the birds he could see on his property in Orient from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a 16-degree day with heavy snow in a strong Northeast wind.

It was the first Orient Christmas Bird Count. On December 30, in weather only slightly less daunting than what Latham endured, the Orient bird count took place again, as it has every year, an annual holiday tradition older than Santa Claus but requiring a similar outfit. (more…)