Author: Alison Boyd

Paella Ingredients
Fish, Lunch

Spanish-Style Seafood Stew

Perfect for early fall, this Mediterranean-style fish stew is a combination of some of my favorite flavors and is perfect for a celebratory meal with friends or family. Succulent local squid, clams and monkfish, paired with shrimp and mussels, are simmered in a rich garlicky sauce of late-season tomatoes. The scarcity of this wonderful dish […]

A Corn and Onion Tart
Autumn, Lunch, Pies, Savory, Summer

A Late Summer’s Tart

There’s nothing more satisfying in late August and early September than a warm picnic that can be brought with you on excursions with friends to our myriad local beaches, parks and hiking trails, or simply to a cosy backyard where social distancing is still a comforting option. Savory tarts are a great base for experimenting […]

Squash Blossoms
Lunch, Savory, Summer

Fried Blossoms

If you grow zucchini, you know that they produce the most beautiful orange blossoms. What you may not know is that they are a wonderful delicacy. You can fry or bake them with a variety of delicious stuffing, from cheese to meat.  Fried is best, and I will stand over a pan of hot oil […]

Sea Scallops Asparagus
Fish, Spring

An Elegant Spring Dinner for Two

Unlike our native bay scallops, local Shinnecock sea scallops are plentiful and available year-round. They may not get all the love that is showered on our favorite seasonal bivalve, but they are less susceptible to the environmental conditions that sadly ruined the past two seasons’ bay scallop harvest.  Though we are hoping conditions in the […]

Lamb Tava
Featured, Spring

A Feast of Spring Rebirth

Spring is finally here after a very tough winter, and I am ready for the food on my plate to reflect this joyful season of rebirth.  Spinach is the first of the local greens to appear and is at its tender and vibrant best. Lamb, the most flavorful of meats, is associated with spring in […]

Shrimp, bulgar, cabbage
Featured, Fish, Lunch

Spicing Up Springtime

When socializing in restaurants and homes was curtailed last March, I soon realized that I would be mostly dining at home and would need to keep a supply of staples on hand for weeks of meals. To cut down on trips to the supermarket, I ordered ingredients online and stocked up on as much quality […]

fish cakes watercress salad
Featured, Fish

For Lovers of Fish

By Alison Boyd-Savage I love to eat a lot of fish year-round. In the warmer seasons I welcome the abundance of the local catch, eagerly awaiting each new arrival, from the first flounder of April to the striped bass that closes out the season in fall. For sure, our local winter oysters are the best, […]

Pan Pizza Toppings
Featured, Lunch

Winter’s Freeze Calls For Skillet Pizza

If you are the owner of a well-seasoned cast iron skillet, you have the most important tool to make your own gourmet pizza in minutes with minimum fuss.  Who does not love the delicious, slightly blackened crusts produced by a wood burning oven and dream of creating them at home?  Most domestic ovens are not […]

Christmas meringues
Dessert

Meringues for Giving

The holidays are looking different this year. Many of us will not be gathering for our traditional celebrations but staying safe with low-key festivity. What will not change for many is the preparation and enjoyment of some of the special foods that mark this time of year.  While we may not be able to gather […]

scones, pumpkin soup
Breads, Lunch, Soup

A Winter’s Picnic

In October and November, my porch steps do double duty as an outdoor larder. Pots of hardy mums and late blooming geraniums form the backdrop for an array of pumpkins of all shapes and hues. I might add a gaudy Jack O’ Lantern or two for color, but the prime real estate is reserved for […]