11/29/17 4:30pm
DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Candied citrus peels.

DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Candied citrus peels.

For me, there’s something deeply satisfying about giving people homemade presents during the holiday season. Take canned tomatoes for example. Although I spend almost an entire weekend preparing them every September, they’re now readily available as presents for everyone from the mailman to my mother. Homemade gifts like this have a little extra spiritual heft, more than, say, a new toaster oven or set of steak knives. (more…)

12/20/16 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO | The Shelter Island jigsaw puzzle designed by Jim Levine.

COURTESY PHOTO | The Shelter Island jigsaw puzzle designed by Jim Levine.

Jim Levine is a puzzle man. Jigsaw puzzles, that is.

The Island summer resident is not only a fan of solving puzzles, not long ago, he created one himself.

Mr. Levine’s 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle debuted over Labor Day weekend at the Shelter Island Historical Society’s farmers market, and is currently being sold at the Historical Society’s Havens Store, with a portion of sales benefiting the society. (more…)