10/13/17 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Close your doors! Squirrels are coming for this zucchini bread.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Close your doors! Squirrels are coming for this zucchini bread.

There are a lot of trees around Lily Hoffman’s Shelter Island home, but that doesn’t really explain why squirrels invade her kitchen. What we do know is this, when Lily makes a certain kind of zucchini bread, the squirrels will come.  (more…)

09/15/17 10:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Just like the baseball playoffs, the East End’s giant peaches are an end-of-summer treat (and bigger than a baseball).

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Just like the baseball playoffs, the East End’s giant peaches are an end-of-summer treat (and bigger than a baseball).

It gives me great satisfaction to roast something large. The pride of the Thanksgiving turkey, the suckling pig, the rack of lamb placed on the table in triumph, the dish that practically yells, “There is plenty, have some more.”  (more…)

02/01/17 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Auntie’s Cheesecake. Impossible to resist, I started eating it before I could get the picture taken.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO  Auntie’s Cheesecake. Impossible to resist, I started eating it before I could get the picture taken.

Usually when a friend gives me a recipe to try, I call while I’m making it to make sure I’m not screwing it up. A recipe is just a plan, and success goes beyond (my) ability to follow directions. Sadly, in the case of Catherine Becker’s recipe for her Auntie’s cheesecake, Catherine passed away before I could try my hand at it. (more…)