02/01/19 4:12pm

Thomas McCloskey of Douglas Elliman Real Estate at one of his property listings. (Credit: Rachel Siford)

The North Fork has become a favorite spot for second-home buyers and the perfect escape for those needing a break from city life. To the surprise of many, it’s also the home of second careers for aspiring real estate agents who take lessons from their past to transform their lives. (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…)

10/23/17 6:00am

Chef Rosa Ross inside her East Marion home. (Credit: David Benthal for northforker magazine)

Chef Rosa Ross is hosting a multi-course harvest dinner — and she is opening her East Marion home to her guests.

The Hong Kong-born chef and owner of the former Scrimshaw restaurant in Greenport will host the five-course meal with wine pairings on Saturday, Oct. 28 inside her cottage, which is located next to a lavender field.

“Come enjoy good food, good wine, good friends,” Ross said. (more…)

05/17/17 6:00am
Chef Rosa de Carvalho Ross inside the dining room of her former restaurant, Scrimshaw in Greenport.

Chef Rosa Ross inside the dining room of her former restaurant, Scrimshaw, in Greenport. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Do you miss the steamed dumplings from the former Scrimshaw restaurant in Greenport?

Now you can learn to cook like Scrimshaw founder Chef Rosa Ross as she hosts cooking demonstrations and pop-up dinners at The Market in Greenport this season. The first dinner is set for Sunday, May 21 and there are limited seats left. (more…)

04/01/16 6:04am
Chef Rosa Ross demonstrates how to properly wrap a dumpling. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Chef Rosa Ross demonstrates how to properly wrap a dumpling. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

While fresh seafood and New American dishes dominate the menus at many North Fork restaurants, it is much harder to find authentic, high quality Cantonese cuisine in eastern Long Island.

So it made sense that when chef Rosa Ross opened Greenport’s Scrimshaw in 2004, the Asian-influenced waterside restaurant located on Preston’s Wharf, her hand-wrapped dumplings stuffed with homemade fillings quickly became the eatery’s most popular item.

“When I opened the restaurant, I thought I’d put them on the menu for a few weeks,” said the Hong Kong born culinary instructor and cookbook author. “They became our best seller. If I do 10 tables, eight will order dumplings.”

“Out here, you can’t get good dumplings,” she added.

Now Ross, along with veteran North Fork chef and Philadelphia native Greg Ling, plans to bring the dumplings to you. (more…)

10/26/15 6:00am
Rosa Ross of Scrmshaw in Greenport. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

Rosa Ross of Scrmshaw in Greenport. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

A food truck with a focus on dumplings will roll into town this spring, if all goes according to plan for Rosa Ross of Scrimshaw.

And you can get a taste of the truck’s offering at an upcoming wine and Chinese food pairing dinner at Scrimshaw at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 14.

“They’re always a best seller,” Ross said of her dumplings, which include pork shumai, chicken and vegetable varieties. “That’s the menu item we sell the most of.” (more…)