Category: Spring

Fish, Holiday Meal, Salad, Spring

A Tart to Celebrate The Spring

During my years catering private parties and weddings I would get numerous requests for “something with smoked salmon.” This popular tart originally featured wild smoked salmon, baked in a buttery crust with a creamy filling and peppery watercress for sharpness. It was the ultimate crowd pleaser and deserved another airing, albeit with some updates. Good […]

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Savory, Spring

Risotto Primavera

When late April hits and we have a few warm days, I start scouring the roadside stands for signs that fresh asparagus has arrived. I had my heart set on making a spring vegetable risotto for May and the press deadline left little wiggle room for finding my prize. A knock on the door and […]

Sesame Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Spring, Stew, Vegetarian

Let Plants Nurture You

As we head into spring, I am craving lighter meals with a comfort factor to see us through this fickle weather. Both of this month’s featured recipes are plant-based and quickly prepared with store cupboard staples. One-bowl, one-pot chickpea and spinach stew is vibrant with spices and the first of the local spinach. Hearty organic […]

Pizza Rustica
Savory, Spring

Easter, Inspired By Family & Friends

I have been enjoying my friend Patty Zelinski’s Italian-influenced comfort dishes for more than three decades, and this month she shares her family recipe for Pizza Rustica. For me, nothing compares to her magnificent Easter feasts, and I particularly enjoy this delicious pie. In fact, I must restrain myself from consuming too much, as I […]

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 […]

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 […]