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Iceboats on Mecox Bay

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

It’s wintertime and the cold weather has arrived. Although last winter was quite mild, I am sure many of you can recollect those prior years when January was frigid. I remember when I was in high school and we cherished that deep freeze. All my friends would gather at the local golf course and go ice skating. In New York where I grew up, most of the skaters were not very talented, but everyone had fun.

A few years ago in Bridgehampton I went to see if Mecox Bay had frozen over. It certainly had; but instead of skaters there were Ice Boats. These colorful contraptions are a cross between a sled and a sailboat.

Colorful Iceboats

Mecox Bay is a small body of water between Bridgehampton and Water Mill. It’s a very picturesque setting that abuts the beach on the Atlantic Ocean with the periphery dotted with magnificent homes.

The Blade Runner

You would think that these boats were gearing up for the National championships with the fanciest of equipment. But no, it was just a cold day and people were showing off their toys.

Iceboat Fan

Even though the weather was freezing, plenty of people came out to enjoy the spectacle. Although many fans were enthusiastic, the “best fan” goes to the chap above in the red plaid jacket.

Enjoy winter!

 

Pike’s Farm Stand in December

Friday, January 4th, 2013

I love farm stands; you are able to get vegetables the same day that they were picked. I can picture the bushels of lettuce, so green even a carnivore would smile. In late August I dream of the corn and tomatoes, which I devour almost daily. As Summer ends the weather gets cooler,  and apples come into season…yum.

New York experiences the change of seasons, which many people fondly embrace. But Winter is not a highlight for the farming community. A couple weeks ago I was driving by one of my favorite farm stands, Pike’s on Sag Main in Sagaponack.

Pike’s Farm Stand

No lettuce, corn, or tomatoes. Brrr, I think I better spend more time indoors, perhaps making some hearty winter meals.

The Hamptons 2012 – My Favorite Tastes of the Summer

Monday, August 27th, 2012

I ate well this summer, and here are a few of my favorite finds…

  • Gazpacho soup from Round Swamp Farm
  • Bouillabaisse on Monday nights at Vine Street on Shelter Island
  • Corn, corn, and corn
  • Stripped Bass from the fisherman at the East Hampton Farmer’s Market
  • Charred Octopus at Osteria Salina in Bridgehampton
  • Goat Cheese from Cavaniola’s in Sag Harbor
  • Cedar Plank Salmon from The Seafood Shop in Wainscott
  • Fish Tacos at Bostwick’s in East Hampton
  • Fresh Mozzarella from Red Horse Market

I’m sure a few of you have also had some East End dishes you loved. What was your favorite?

Mozzarella – It’s not all the same

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Late summer is a great time of year, tomatoes are in abundance and they’re bursting with flavor. For lunch, I dream of a large plate of tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and a good olive oil. But have you noticed that not all mozzarella is the same? Some are just tasteless.

I’m lucky, I’ve been going to Red Horse Market in East Hampton, where Chef Pasquale Langella makes mozzarella fresh every day.

Chef Pasquale

People line up to buy the mozzarella while it’s still warm. When you cut this mozzarella, milky cream oozes all over the cutting board. The flavor is intense;and there’s a tang that will make your heart sing.

 

Why is this mozzarella so good? It’s a combination of ingredients and technique. Chef Pasquale grew up outside Naples, and has been making mozzarella for 41 years. As he works the cheese, you can see the steam rising from the bowl. Note that the temperature of the liquid reaches 150 degrees, compared to many recipes that only go to 105. The chef says this is where experience helps, because if the liquid gets too hot it will ruin the mozzarella.

Stretching the Mozzarella

But don’t worry, you don’t need to burn your hands making mozzarella, just drive down Montauk Highway and pick some up from Chef Pasquale.

 

Five Favorite Bites in the Hamptons

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

I just returned from a two week vacation in Bridgehampton and ate some great food. I wanted to share my five favorite bites…

Eating a pot of mussels at Sunset Beach on Shelter Island is what the summer is all about. The mussels are always delicious, and the setting is to die for. Overlooking the beach while the sun was setting was certainly a highlight of the summer.

Della Femina Restaurant in East Hampton had an appetizer of braised wagyu beef short ribs over a cuscino (little pillow) that was spectacular. The cuscino, which is a large ravioli, was stuffed with ricotta cheese and herbs; and it tasted like  a puffy cloud.  Wow.

Pierre’s is a French restaurant in Bridgehampton that is becoming quite the scene. Although the restaurant serves good food, my favorite part is the take-out section that specializes in pastries. Try the almond croissant; it’s amazing.

Almond Croissant

Almond Croissant

Mac & Cheese is not a dish that I typically associate with summer; but sometimes it’s fun to mix things up. I shared a plate of Mac, Cheese & Bacon with friends at Race Lane in East Hampton; and this decadent treat was gobbled up in no time. It’s interesting how much everybody loves comfort foods.

Ever get tired of the glitz in the Hamptons? Then try Oasis in Noyac, a non-pretentious gem overlooking the harbor. The miso-glazed halibut was superb, and the mini tuna tartare tacos were priceless.