05/16/15 6:00am
Chicken and beef shish-kebabs with rhubarb salsa, barley pilaf and grilled asparagus. (Credit: John Ross)

Chicken and beef shish-kebabs with rhubarb salsa, barley pilaf and grilled asparagus. (Credit: John Ross)

In a time of international produce and air freight, we become accustomed to seeing asparagus and strawberries on our supermarket shelves year-round. Not so much rhubarb, which appears around May first from West Coast growers. But when these harbingers of spring appear locally it is different: The flavor is more intense, the freshness is palpable and the feeling is special.

The luxury of having all things available all the time is not as good as it sounds. We are very lucky that, on the North Fork, when the time comes, we can savor the real thing. Here is a meal that features all three:  (more…)

05/05/15 1:26pm
An expansion at Lucharito's is expected to open up to the public on Friday. (Courtesy photo)

An expansion at Lucharito’s is expected to open up to the public on Friday. (Courtesy photo)

For Lucharito’s, ocho will be the new cinco.

For non-Spanish-speakers, that means that “eight will be the new five.” To further elaborate, that means that instead of re-opening on Cinco de Mayo, the Greenport “Baja-style” eatery which has been closed for renovations since mid-March will in fact be opening a few days later than expected — on May 8.

So instead of a Cinco de Mayo party, Lucharito’s will celebrate on Ocho de Mayo.

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02/07/15 7:00am
Jicama salad with mixed greens, oranges and red onion. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Jicama salad with mixed greens, oranges and red onion. (Credit: John Ross)

Back in time before refrigeration, interstate highways, airplanes and suburbs — when most Americans lived in the country — the root cellar was a common necessity in many homes. It was a place that was cool in the summer and protected from frost in the winter. (more…)

01/09/15 1:28pm
Aldo Maiorana inside his Greenport coffee shop on Thursday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Aldo Maiorana inside his Greenport coffee shop on Thursday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Chef Taylor Knapp has left First and South restaurant in Greenport and will soon host a weekly pop-up restaurant under the name “PawPaw” at nearby Aldo’s Cafe.

The first dinner will be held on Monday, Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, at the Front Street coffee shop, according to owner Aldo Maiorana and Knapp. That event is already completely booked. (more…)