02/13/16 10:26am

VERA CHINESE PHOTO

VERA CHINESE PHOTO

“When the taste changes with every bite and the last bite is as good as the first, that’s Cajun! I’m a Cajun and that’s Louisiana cooking.

“People often ask me what’s the difference between Cajun and Creole cooking … Both are Louisiana born, with French roots. But Cajun is very old, French country cooking — a simple, hearty fare.

“Cajun food began in Southern France, moved on to Nova Scotia and then came to Louisiana. The Acadians adapted their dishes to use ingredients that grew wild in the area — bay leaves from the laurel tree, file powder from the sassafras tree and an abundance of different peppers … But Creole food began in New Orleans and is a mixture of the traditions of French, Spanish, Italian, American Indian, African and other ethnic groups.”

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02/12/16 6:07am
A sign outside Breeze Hill Farm's Main Road location. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

A sign outside Breeze Hill Farm’s Main Road location. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

You might have seen a new sign bearing the logo of Peconic’s Breeze Hill Farm: a crest featuring the letters BHF above the colors of the Italian flag, recently installed on Main Road in Peconic.

That’s because the Route 48 business, known for its popular apple cider and doughnuts all made with ingredients grown at the farm, is adding a second location. (more…)

02/12/16 6:01am
Northforker file photo

Northforker file photo

Have no plans for Valentine’s Day?

It may be last minute, but don’t worry: northforker has you covered. Here are some inexpensive and unusual ways to celebrate V-Day on the North Fork.

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02/11/16 6:07am
A draw full of pants folded using Marie Kondo's "KonMari" method. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A draw full of pants folded using Marie Kondo’s “KonMari” method. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

There’s been a major change in my home of late.

It is in part fueled by pregnancy hormones, which have me performing the mammalian version of a bird gathering twigs and grass for its eggs as I anticipate the birth of baby number two, who is due in May.

But it is also due to a small, hard-covered book called — not hyperbolically — “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” This tome has inspired me to undertake the gargantuan task of what it calls “putting your house in order.” (more…)

02/11/16 6:02am
Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. owners John Liegey and Rich Vandenburgh at the construction site of the brewery's new 2,000-square-foot 'brew pub.' (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. owners John Liegey and Rich Vandenburgh at the construction site of the brewery’s new 2,000-square-foot ‘brew pub.’ (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Expect a destination for touring the North Fork’s largest brewery, sampling some of the region’s tastiest porter and now, a sit-down meal, when Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. completes its new addition this spring.

Four support trusses for the new structure were installed at the Peconic property on Wednesday, which co-owner John Liegey called a “pivotal moment” in the building’s construction. He and fellow owner Rich Vandenburgh expect the space, which they are calling a “brew pub,” to be open to the public by mid-spring.

“It’s going to have a very open floor plan,” said Liegey, adding that outdoor seating will be available in warmer months. “It’s going to be a great space. We want an open environment where people feel comfortable.” (more…)