02/20/18 6:02am

Scallop season began Nov. 6. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

Sweet and succulent, Peconic Bay scallops are a local treasure. Whether broiled, sautéed or fried, these bivalves are enjoyed with gusto throughout the harvest season — from November through the end of March.  (more…)

12/21/13 2:00pm
Photo by Charity Robey | Chocolate orange pound cake and ice cream await the fork under this insulating layer of toasted meringue.

Photo by Charity Robey | Chocolate orange pound cake and ice cream await the fork under this insulating layer of toasted meringue.

When I was 10 years old, living in rural Florida in a cinderblock house, my parents decided our family of five should go on a cruise.  It was a pretty low-end cruise, but on the last night at the end of dinner, the lights were dimmed, a hush fell over the dining room, and waiters bearing flaming plates emerged from the kitchen.  Baked Alaska! (more…)

11/18/13 10:30am
recipe peconic bay scallop

Photo by Charity Robey | A glorious dinner is served, thanks to a gift of scallops on opening day.

Monday, November 11 was the first day to take scallops in Shelter Island town waters.

There was a time when scallops were so numerous, they piled up on Island beaches when a strong wind blew across Peconic Bay. Although their numbers have dwindled, it is still possible to forage for the occasional beach scallop. Near the Shelter Island Yacht Club last weekend, I heard a low crack and saw a scallop lying on the road about 10 feet away. A gull had dropped it on the pavement, and upon examination, I could see the scallop inside the partially-cracked shell. There is a strict code in fishing: if you shuck the scallop, it’s yours. This one belonged to the seagull. (more…)

10/21/13 10:45am
Photo by Charity Robey | Beneath this crunchy layer, three varieties of apple and their skins mingle in delicious harmony.

Photo by Charity Robey | Beneath this crunchy layer, three varieties of apple and their skins mingle in delicious harmony.

According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, this year’s New York apple harvest is one of the best in history. That is good news in my household, where the fruit flies shake their heads in disbelief as our boys beat them to the apples. Even our hound takes part in the feeding frenzy. Only 12 inches high, he can take a running start, elevate several feet, arch his body and snag a Macoun from the fruit bowl. (more…)