Recent Stories: Food

Joanne Pilgrim
January 20, 2015

Pasta Night

Tuesday is pasta night at the Harbor Grill, which is on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton. Beginning at 5 p.m., a pasta dinner special, featuring soup or salad, garlic bread, and an entree, is offered for $17, plus tax and gratuity. Choices include pasta with clam sauce, meatballs, Bolognese sauce, or with sausage, broccoli, garlic, and olive oil.

Cavaniola’s Gourmet

Laura Donnelly
January 20, 2015

I generally eat a very healthy diet. This past week, for instance, I prepared wheatberries and roasted carrots from Quail Hill Farm, and last night I had scallops. A variety of greens are always at the ready in my fridge for a quick saute or salad. I love brown rice and oatmeal and just about any recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi’s “Ottolenghi,” “Jerusalem,” or “Plenty” cookbooks, which are full of yogurt and chili peppers and all manner of eggplant and other vegetables.

Joanne Pilgrim
January 13, 2015

The Smokin’ Wolf barbecue takeout shop in East Hampton is taking orders for Super Bowl specials. The menu includes sliders, nachos, quesadillas, ribs, brisket, buffalo chicken wings, and more. For every $75 spent on food, those who order will receive a 12-pack of beer.

Laura Donnelly
January 13, 2015

I love bean soups. They are cheap and easy to make, yet require some time and a small bit of attention. This makes me feel like I’m really involved in a cooking project, but, in fact, I’m just making a meal with about 73 cents worth of ingredients. They are healthy and hearty and can be a one-dish meal. You can make them thick and chunky and rustic like a chili, or smooth and silky and sophisticated.

Joanne Pilgrim
January 6, 2015

The Dockside Bar and Grill in Sag Harbor is closed for a winter break. The restaurant is slated to reopen in mid-February.

Gula Gula Store

Luchi Masliah of Springs, the founder of Gula Gula Empanadas, has announced plans to open a store on the North Fork, in Mattituck, in the spring. Ms. Masliah, who has been selling her varieties of empanadas, which feature fresh local produce, at farmers markets and in frozen, prepackaged form for several years, has had her sights set on a brick-and-mortar shop for some time.

Laura Donnelly
January 6, 2015

It began with a last-minute invitation. My friend T. had just finished building his house on an island in the Bahamas. The island shall remain nameless because there are good things about the newly built community and a few not so good things. My assignment: Bring Parmesan cheese, a cocktail shaker, and swim goggles.

December 30, 2014

Coming right up is the next Artists and Writers night at Almond in Bridgehampton, this one with Francine Fleischer, a photographer. During the special events, Jason Weiner, an owner of the restaurant and its chef, prepares a three-course meal served family-style, and the featured guest leads a discussion.

Ms. Fleischer’s work has appeared in magazines such as Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler, Esquire, and Italian Vogue, and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is a part-time resident of Sag Harbor.

Laura Donnelly
December 30, 2014

Cavemen invented it. Attila the Hun enjoyed the horse-meat variety. Pioneers and cowboys survived on it. We’re not talking about your 7-11 sodium nitrate–filled teriyaki version of it, we’re talking about real jerky, homemade jerky.

Laura Donnelly
December 30, 2014

Here are some recipes from “Eat Like a Wild Man,” ironically written by a woman, compiled by Rebecca Gray.

Dim Sum Jerky

Make with duck, goose, or beef

Marinade:
1 cup red wine
2 tsp. oyster sauce
4 tsp. soy sauce
4 tsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. garlic powder

Carissa Katz
December 22, 2014

Stefanie Sacks of Montauk, a chef and nutritionist who has dished far and wide about how the food we eat affects our health — she has a weekly WPPB radio show, “Stirring the Pot,” does a weekly blog, “What the Fork,” and has contributed to three books on the subject, not to mention appearing recently on “The Dr. Oz Show” — has now put her sage advice and considerable knowledge into a new book, “What the Fork Are You Eating?” to be published next month by Tarcher/Penguin.

Laura Donnelly
December 22, 2014

“Bah humbug,” you may think after reading this review. Or “She sure is a Grumpy Cat!” Sorry, but this job is essentially to provide a community and consumer service. Therefore, I am obligated to tell you about a recent evening I spent pushing food around my plate and being treated indifferently for a few hours, and then paying for it.

Joanne Pilgrim
December 22, 2014

For New Year’s Eve

Those looking toward the last night of December to have an evening meal out and ring in the new year have numerous choices as to where they might go.

Joanne Pilgrim
December 18, 2014

Holiday Meals

Laura Donnelly
December 18, 2014

When it was suggested to me that I participate in a latke-making party and write a story about it, my initial response was, “Hmmm, doesn’t sound like much of a food story. Grated potatoes fried in oil? How interesting or complicated can that be?” When I heard that a number of children would be helping, I thought, “Now it’s getting interesting.” And when I learned about all the delicious varieties of latkes in existence, I was much enthused.

David E. Rattray
December 9, 2014

Winter memberships in Quail Hill Farm’s community supported agriculture program in Amagansett are still available and cost $395 for a family. A first-time fee for new members is $50. Individual shares are $250. 

The bounty can include carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cabbage, burdock, squash, beets, celery root, parsley, dried beans, wheat berries, and smoked hot peppers, among other things. Carissa’s Breads is also offering season-long bread shares through Quail Hill, and people can buy loaves individually on Friday pickup days.

Laura Donnelly
December 9, 2014

Cavaniola’s Traditional Swiss Fondue

It is important to use the best ingredients for best flavor. Supermarket cheeses probably won’t yield the same results, so I strongly urge you to get the best cheeses you can for this fondue recipe.

Cavaniola’s very kindly shared its recipe for fondue, and the results were spectacular. If you want, the shop will blend the cornstarch and grate the cheeses for you beforehand. Bring cheese to room temperature before beginning.

Serves two to three.

Laura Donnelly
December 9, 2014

This is the time of year when warm, comforting foods are very appealing. What can be even more appealing are melty-cheesy dishes like Welsh rabbit, Kentucky hot brown, fondues, and raclette. The fun of fondue and raclette is that they are interactive meals. You simply set out the ingredients and let everyone do their own thing. While some would consider fondue a meal, I prefer to have it as a fun first course, followed by a light, yet heartily packed vegetable soup like ribollita.

Laura Donnelly
December 2, 2014

Tutto il Giorno
56 Nugent Street
Southampton
377-3611
Dinner, Thursday through Monday
Lunch, Saturday and Sunday

Joanne Pilgrim
December 2, 2014

Tree Lighting and Treats

Food will be a part of holiday festivities at two local restaurants this weekend.

Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., the Topping Rose House in Bridgehamtpon will serve hot chocolate, hot toddies, mulled wine, and Christmas cookies during a tree-lighting ceremony. Children from the Our Lady of the Hamptons school will sing carols.

On Sunday, after a tree-lighting event at c/o the Maidstone inn in East Hampton, the Living Room restaurant there will offer a Swedish holiday dinner menu for $42 per person.

Laura Donnelly
November 26, 2014

Highway Diner and Bar
290 Montauk Highway
East Hampton
527-5372
Dinner Wednesday through Sunday
Lunch Saturday and Sunday

Laura Donnelly
November 26, 2014

There are three new cookbooks out right now with local connections. Ina Garten, a k a the Barefoot Contessa, has come out with her ninth book, called “Make It Ahead.” The folks of Edible School Gardens have published the “Delicious Nutritious FoodBook,” compiled and written by Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz. And the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living have come out with “One Pot.”

Joanne Pilgrim
November 26, 2014

Holidays at Harbor Grill

The Harbor Grill in East Hampton is once again offering a deal for those who purchase restaurant gift cards for the holidays. For every $50 gift card, the purchaser will receive an additional card worth $10; for every $200 gift card, a $50 gift card will be issued as well. The offer will be good until Jan. 1.

Book on Sweets

Joanne Pilgrim
November 18, 2014

For those whose Thanksgiving plans don’t include trussing and roasting a turkey at home, there is the following list, by no means exhaustive, of places where one could eat or get takeout for the holiday next week.

Pierre’s restaurant in Bridgehampton will serve an a la carte Thanksgiving dinner all day next Thursday — turkey along with lobster, lamb, and burgers. Child-sized portions will be available.

Laura Donnelly
November 18, 2014

Lights! Carrots! Action! It was Colin’s Carrot-Palooza at Estia’s Little Kitchen last week, as splashy a media event as you can expect for a Wednesday . . . in November . . . for a vegetable. There were local rock star chefs and their Daucus carotas, served raw, steamed, and in various dishes. The carrots, that is.