Author: Alison Boyd

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 […]

Spiced Chicken with Honey Thyme Butter
Chicken, Featured

October Spice is Not All About Pumpkins

The spiciness of a dish is commonly judged to be the amount of palate-searing, eye watering pain inflicted by ingesting certain members of the chili family. If you are a fan of the “hotter is better” crowd, you can reference the Scoville chart, a points system that rates the pungency of every thing from the […]

swordfish & coconut rice
Featured, Fish

The Big Fish of Autumn

September is my favorite month on the North Fork. The days are still warm and relatively long, and it is prime season for catching and eating fish. I must admit my sportfishing is limited to dropping a pole in the bay and waiting for a silvery snapper to find its way onto my hook. These […]

August Picnic, Tomato Tart, Green Bean and Potato Salad
Featured

An August Picnic

I have always loved picnics, even when the reality falls short of expectations. My romantic notions of dining al fresco, have survived numerous forays on windswept British beaches, with sand scouring our faces and invading the sandwiches. Enduring buzzing flies and angry wasps on a soggy river bank could not dampen my enthusiasm for eating […]

Dessert, Spring

Strawberry Crumble Sundae

Long live this dessert, which delivers home-baked taste when you don’t have time to make a shortbread or pie. The crumble topping can be made up to 5 days ahead and stored in an airtight container in a cool place (but not in the fridge, which can make it go soggy). Serve the dessert layered […]

Fish, Spring

Parmesan-Crusted Flounder

Handle with care. Flounder is delicate, but this easy recipe requires no magic tricks. Seven minutes in a hot oven is enough to transform it into a company-worthy dish. The secret’s in the crust—a thin coating of mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and diced shallots covered with Parmesan and breadcrumbs. P.S. You must make your own breadcrumbs, […]

Pies, Savory

The Not-So-Humble Dandelion

by Alison Boyd-Savage During my visits to the Greek Island of Andros in late spring and early summer, I was fascinated by the groups of women combing the hillsides in search of the mixture of wild plants and herbs locally called Horta. When I finally got to peek into their foraging baskets, I saw that […]