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…)

08/14/14 4:22pm
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian at Mattituck Plaza Sunday night.(Credit: Megan Blanchard, courtesy)

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian was spotted at Mattituck Plaza in June.(Credit: Megan Blanchard, courtesy)

They took Miami. They took New York. Then they took the Hamptons. But one place the Kardashians and their reality television show crew won’t be invading is Plum Island — at least not this summer. (more…)