12/20/14 7:00am
Roasted chateaubriand surrounded by roasted vegetables. (Credit: John Ross)

Roasted chateaubriand surrounded by roasted vegetables. (Credit: John Ross)

In my Dec. 4 column, I wrote about how to break down a whole beef tenderloin into three parts and trim them into steaks. The following recipes are classic French ways of cooking these three sections of the tenderloin. They make great meals for the holidays ahead.  (more…)

12/19/14 1:00pm
Riverhead Farmers Market organizer Holly Browder and Riverhead BID president Ray Pickersgill. Credit: Vera Chinese, file)

Riverhead Farmers Market organizer Holly Browder and Riverhead BID president Ray Pickersgill. Credit: Vera Chinese, file)

Recalling how much success they had selling handmade goods at the original outdoor farmers’ market four years ago, a craft fair was recently added to the bottom floor of the indoor Riverhead Farmers Market.  (more…)

12/19/14 9:00am
Empire State Cellars will close at the end of the year. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Empire State Cellars will close at the end of the year. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Empire State Cellars, the all New York wine, beer, cider and spirits superstore that opened in 2011, will close at the end of next week.

The store’s concept is one that I think has merit and potential, but no one has gotten it quite right yet. Stores like this have either been poorly staffed, poorly placed, too large or run by individual wineries, which often leads to poor selections. (more…)

12/19/14 7:00am

ugly sweater

If you do it right this weekend, everyone will think your outfit is ugly. Both Lucharitos in Greenport and Joe’s Garage and Grill are hosting ugly holiday sweater contests this weekend. (more…)