I do not like (insert little organ that controls our emotions here) New York. As a matter of fact, I very much dislike New York. Not the state, the city. It is dirty, noisy, nearly impossible to negotiate, expensive, nerve-wracking, just all around dreadful. I’ve never lived there and I never will.
The festival is coming, the festival is coming, the Hamptons International Film Festival is coming! By Thursday the swarm of over 18,000 black-leather clad cinephiles will begin descending upon our lovely villages. They know where the films are being shown, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, Southampton, Montauk, and Westhampton, but do they know where to eat? Have no fear, I am here to “direct.”
Blend as many hot peppers as you have (a nice combination of padrons, serranos, habaneros). Add salt (a lot), vinegar, garlic, and sugar to taste. Optional: Add Roasted sweet peppers or smoked hot peppers.
Peach and Tomato Gazpacho
Blanch, peel, and core tomatoes, then crush with hands into a bowl. Add finely chopped garlic, sweet peppers, peaches, red onion, and basil. Puree in batches using a food processor or blender. Add a lot of salt and pepper and some cumin to taste.
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.
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.