11/29/17 6:01am

If there were only one word to describe what best friends Lauren Zilnicki and Rebecca Hardman are all about, it would be fun.

The women, both 28 and graduates of Riverhead High School, share their love of cooking, design and hanging out together through their web series “Two Forks and Flowers.”

“The two of us enjoy going out, but we also enjoy staying in,” said Rebecca, who lives in Baiting Hollow with her husband, Dale, in explaining the inspiration for the show. (more…)

11/29/17 6:00am

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Eggnog is one of the most evocative treats for this time of year, but almost nobody makes it from scratch these days. That’s a real shame: It takes very little time to prepare and actually improves with age, should you be disciplined enough to keep a container in the refrigerator for more than a few hours. Plus, the fresh, custardy flavor and light, satiny texture are a huge improvement over grocery store versions. Those often include high-fructose corn syrup and stabilizing additives and tend to be thick, heavy and cloyingly sweet. (more…)

11/22/17 6:02am

Chef Rosa Ross sprinkles powdered sugar on fried dumpling skins, a holiday treat she enjoyed during her childhood. (Credit: David Benthal)

While most of us are wrestling with the usual holiday dilemmas — to stuff or not stuff the turkey, who to seat next to whom, are four desserts enough? — those who make their living in professional kitchens are likely working the hardest.

Whether they are preparing for family members they haven’t seen in months, or planning and cooking for 150 hungry customers, the holidays are some of the busiest, most high-profile days of the year for chefs. We spoke with four local professional cooks to talk about their traditions, what it’s like to work on days when it seems as though everyone else is relaxing and a few tips to take your own festive meals up a notch. (more…)

11/17/17 6:02am

Sam Sifton inside his Greenport kitchen. (Credit: Madison Fender)

Despite the excellent farm-to-table restaurant scene on the North Fork, Thanksgiving Tradition (that’s with a capital T) still dictates that we put our own feast on the table. New York Times Cooking founding editor and part-time Greenporter Sam Sifton offers his expert tips for the perfect North Fork tradition. (more…)

11/16/17 6:08am

To our readers:

I’m one of those weirdos who is gunning to put up the Christmas tree as soon as Halloween is over. Bring up the plastic pumpkins and bring down the ornaments I say! Embrace the seasonal creep!

But the one thing I didn’t carry down from the attic this year was an artificial wreath.

One of the highlights in creating this issue was hanging with BFFs Lauren Zilnicki and Rebecca Hardman, who share their love of food and entertaining through their web series “Two Forks and Flowers.” Lauren, a florist, demonstrated how to make a wreath using items foraged from her parents’ backyard in Aquebogue. The finished product was a dazzling, truly NoFo creation — something anyone would be proud to display on their front door. (more…)

08/03/17 6:02am

These baskets at Wells Homestead in Aquebogue make for great hostess gifts. (Credit: Sascha Rosin)

Even though a bottle of wine is always appreciated, the next time you spend a weekend with friends or are invited to a dinner party on the North Fork, think about bringing a basket or bag of local treats that your host or hostess can keep all to themselves. Below, find a handful delicious options, but be warned: You may find yourself buying extra for your pantry at home. (more…)