11/25/17 6:10am

Leftover Thanksgiving turkey and gravy are perfect for these turkey pot pies. (Credit: John Ross)

Leftovers from the annual Thanksgiving feast are not like other leftovers. They are something special that we look forward to — sometimes as much as the original meal. We put so much work into Thanksgiving dinner that, somehow, we must make it last a little longer. Here are some of my favorite ways to use that turkey left over the weekend:

General Instructions
After the Thanksgiving meal is over, be sure to refrigerate the turkey carcass and other leftovers as soon as possible. Make a large amount of gravy so that you have enough for the leftover meal. Refrigerate the gravy in a shallow container so that it cools quickly. (more…)

11/11/17 5:59am

A freshly shucked Peconic Bay scallop. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

As a chef on the North Fork I have cooked Peconic Bay scallops in many ways, going all the way back to 1973, when I opened Ross’ North Fork Restaurant. (Back then we had a sandwich sign in front of the restaurant that advertised a Peconic Bay scallop dinner for $4.95). The season for scallops went from September to March, but has been shortened in recent years to November to March. This allows the scallops to spawn and grow to maturity. I only cook fresh scallops when they are in season. When you freeze and thaw them, they are still pretty good but their structure breaks down, they lose moisture and they don’t caramelize when sautéed.

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10/14/17 6:00am

A Tamworth pig and Icelandic sheep at 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue, one of the stops on the tour. (Credit: Randee Daddona, file photo)

In decades gone by, the North Fork was a quiet, rural area, where farmers grew potatoes and other crops for the market. The farmer’s wife would often set up a small stand in front of the house to sell vegetables. It is pretty amazing how the little farm stand has evolved since that time.

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09/30/17 6:00am

A white Boer pumpkin stuffed with pumpkin polenta. (Credit: John Ross)

Across the United States 90,000 acres of farmland are devoted to pumpkins, producing about 1.5 billion pounds annually. About 15 percent of the crop is processed into canned pumpkin purée and the area around Peoria, Ill., is the largest producing area. Libby’s (a Nestlé company) and Seneca Foods are the major processors.

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09/02/17 6:00am

Long Island duck, spatchcocked and fresh off the grill. (Credit: John Ross)

I have cooked many ducks in my long career. They were a signature item at Ross’ Restaurant in Southold for many years, helping to define the cuisine of the North Fork. Duck is not only a great part of our Long Island heritage, it is also delicious when cooked properly. Finally, duck is a great complement to good red wine, especially the merlots and cabernet francs of the North Fork.

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