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The Shelter Island Historical Society found this roast duck recipe in its archives. November means Thanksgiving with families getting together to gorge on turkey and stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, but there was a time on Shelter Island when turkey was a luxury and celebration dinners were homegrown vegetables and hunted meat.
The society couldn’t find a recipe for turkey in any of its old cookbooks, but here is one for duck, short on vegetables but long on fat and onions. It comes from ‘The Rumford Complete Cookbook’ that belonged to Fannie Cartwright and is dated 1912.
Mr. Lomuscio shares his quest, and his recipe, to make crab cakes with local blue claws.
You might say that I became somewhat crabby last week.
Those who know me would say that it’s nothing new. But what I am talking about is going after crabs -— blue claw crabs.
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Our columnist takes a trip down memory lane for this sweet potato casserole.
Thanksgiving 1985 was memorable. For one, Uncle Jimmy was in charge of the bird and Aunt Noella first introduced her sweet potato casserole (dessert or side, you decide). All the other contributions were delicious, I’m sure, but a blur.
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Roasting squash in a sheet pan is fast and you get a nice crust.
Because I have tried to operate a motor vehicle on the North Fork during a weekend in October, I fear the pumpkin. The influx of visitors looking for parking generated by pumpkin-picking opportunities combined with the wanton use of pumpkin spices in everything from coffee to dog biscuits (yes, really) are why I see pumpkins as potentially dangerous.
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Bucatini, the spaghetti-shaped noodle that has a hole through it.
Bucatini All’Amatriciana! Where have you been all my life? I am a pasta lover who has always snubbed bucatini – the spaghetti-shaped noodle that has a hole through it – until a friend of mine insisted I reconsider.