02/17/17 4:30pm
DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Nothing warms the winter soul like a bowl of bouillabaise, served with a toasted baguette topped by a little aioli.

DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Nothing warms the winter soul like a bowl of bouillabaise, served with a toasted baguette topped by a little aioli.

An easy and elegant dish to serve in the dead of winter, bouillabaisse (fish stew) has its roots in the southern French city of Marseilles.

Historically, fishermen would sell the best parts of their catch at the market and then save whatever was left over for their own families — and from that came bouillabaisse.  (more…)

01/20/17 4:30pm
DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Pan-roasted venison with currant sauce.

DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Pan-roasted venison with currant sauce.

Welcome to the first installment of Island Bites, my food column for the Shelter Island Reporter. I’m excited to be sharing the space with Charity Robey, and I hope you enjoy my easy-to-follow recipes. The column’s name stems from the distinctive local sources of food available here, many of which, besides being highly nutritious, require minimal cooking and preparation. In upcoming installments, I’ll feature simple recipes for Island staples like clams, fish, blackberries, vegetables from Sylvester Manor and much more. (more…)

12/23/16 8:00am

 

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Oatmeal frosties.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Oatmeal frosties.

I will never forget the first time I made a cookie. I put my 5-year old fingers in the flour, tasted and thought, this cannot possibly become something delicious. But it did. The sugar cookies I made were misshapen, and probably under-cooked, but never mind, they were delicious, and I couldn’t wait to make that magic happen again. (more…)

12/15/16 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Peconic Bay scallops with potatoes and onions.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Peconic Bay scallops with potatoes and onions.

Unlike last fall, Peconic bay scallops are not plentiful this year, and they are not cheap. I’m just grateful that we can get them. Think of those poor deprived scallop-eaters in Gotham City, a mere 100 miles away. Last week I saw Nantucket bay scallops on offer at an NYC seafood store for $50 a pound. (more…)