07/17/16 6:30am
The 'Clam Man' Bob Bourguignon counts out some blue claws for Val Abbate of Southampton (center) and her father-in law Gus Abbate of East Meadow Friday when the seafood stand opened on Flanders Road. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The ‘Clam Man’ Bob Bourguignon counts out some blue claws for Val Abbate of Southampton (center) and her father-in law Gus Abbate of East Meadow Friday when the seafood stand opened on Flanders Road. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Gus Abbate of East Meadow and his daughter-in-law Val Abbate of Southampton were first in line at 11:45 a.m. Friday to buy crabs in front of Bob Bourguignon’s seafood stand at his home on Flanders Road.

“Oh, definitely we are first in line,” Ms. Abbate said. “We try to get here a 1/2 hour early and we always get the crabs. There is none better and the price is right.”  (more…)

12/23/15 6:03am
Mussels paella. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Mussels paella. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

During the 1970s, in my early days as chef/owner of Ross’ North Fork Restaurant, mussels were an exotic ingredient in America while in Europe the Spanish, French, Italian, Belgian and Dutch people were consuming them by the bushel. Mussels are now common and readily available on the North Fork, but are not perceived as elegant or as widely appreciated as oysters, clams and scallops.

Actually, virtually all of the mussels that we consume locally are farmed on Prince Edward Island. Available year-round, they are nutritious and very inexpensive compared to other shellfish. They are also very easy to prepare.  (more…)