It began, as no doubt many wonderful things do, At the Common Table. This is the annual dinner served out in the orchard at Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett. The food grown at the farm is transformed by local chefs into a feast for 200 people. There is music; there is no tent. Mother Nature, the senior partner in all growing endeavors, almost always cooperates. Along with various other items for auction was lunch for two prepared by and shared with the Quail Hill farm team. My college friend Mallory won the lunch and invited me along on a late September Wednesday.
Blackened Tuna Steaks
This recipe is from James Peterson’s “Fish and Shellfish” cookbook. Remember the blackened fish fad? It’s still fun to make, as long as you’ve got a good cast-iron skillet and reliable ventilation in your kitchen!
4 6-to-8-oz. tuna steaks
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1 Tbsp. fresh marjoram or oregano, chopped
11/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
I love tuna. I love it in all of its incarnations, from the ice cream scooped blob on a deli sandwich to the fattiest slice of sashimi to seared on the grill and dabbed with a wasabi aioli. I like the cheap canned tuna at the supermarket and the fancy Italian tuna from a glass jar. I like it raw. I like it cooked.
2266 Main Street
Dinner Tuesday through Sunday
Brunch on Sundays
For recipes that call for corn off the cob, keep the following in mind: One ear of corn yields approximately three and half ounces of kernels, or about a half cup.
Mexican Corn on the Cob
8 ears of corn
1/2 cup mayonnaise (I use light mayo)
1 tsp. smoked paprika or 1 tsp. chipotle adobo sauce
1/2 cup good quality Parmesan cheese or cojita cheese
Wedges of lime for serving
The following is excerpted from Laura Donnelly's restaurant review in this week's Star. More ideas for meals on the go can be found in the Star's Restaurant Guide: easthamptonstar.com/restaurants.
It's Columbus Day weekend AND the Hamptons International Film Festival is on the East End so I know all of you ladies and gentlemen and black-clad cinephiles want to know where to eat. With movies being shown in 6 locations from Southampton to Montauk your dining options are plentiful.