03/07/18 6:05am

Architect Meryl Kramer at her Southold office. (Credit: David Benthal)

Paging through a glossy design magazine filled with minimalist images fills almost anyone with a sense of calm-verging-on-euphoria. The cool, pristine perfection of it all is truly an inspiration — until reality intrudes. That dream house you covet is not a year-round home, you discover; the owners are rarely there. Or they don’t have children, whose shoes, artwork, sports trophies and contents of their backpacks seem to ooze into every corner. Or a dog, who considers the kitchen an extension of the mudroom.  (more…)

01/03/18 6:28am

Chef Galen Zamarra leads a cooking class last week at The Halyard in Greenport. (Credit: David Benthal)

Caviar. Even if you’ve never seen, let alone tasted, the glistening jam-like amalgam of cured sturgeon eggs, you probably have an opinion about it. For some, caviar is a symbol of old-world decadence, like peacock tongues. To others, it’s an acquired taste not worth acquiring. (Fish eggs! Expensive!)

And then there are those who think its clean, marine flavor and burst-in-the-mouth texture make any occasion instantly memorable.  (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…)

11/20/17 6:01am

Selections from the 2017 northforker holiday gift guide.

We had lots of fun scouring the North Fork and Shelter Island for the most inspired, practical, and/or can’t-live-without items to fulfill your gift-giving desires. From stocking stuffers to one-of-a-kind instant heirlooms, here are our favorites. (Note: Do call sources or check their websites for hours.) And don’t forget to visit our local historical societies and museums—their gift shops are brimming with great finds. (more…)

08/29/17 6:03am

Ian Wile shucking at Little Creek Oyster Farm & Market in Greenport on a Saturday afternoon in July. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

The briny waters of Long Island Sound, Gardiners Bay and Peconic Bay not only surround the North Fork, but spill inland, too, filling an intricate web of salt marshes, tidal creeks, lagoons and small bays that scent the air and nourish an abundance of marine creatures.  READ

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…)

07/28/17 7:05am

Summertime, and the living is easy—and it gets even easier when you transform a deck, patio or porch into a seamless extension of your indoor living space. This doesn’t need to cost a bundle: Just replacing old cushions and pillows (who knew they’d get so mildewy?) with those clad in bright, bold weather-resistant fabrics will give the most basic outdoor furniture a come-hither allure. Now, where’s your summer reading list?  READ MORE