Mattituck Panini

On ciabatta or baguette slice, place a thick heirloom tomato slice from a North Fork farm stand. Add fresh mozzarella cheese and two leaves fresh basil. Top with another bread slice. Toast in a panini press. Serve with a lemon fizz – a little fresh squeezed lemon juice & seltzer. Eat on a roadside picnic…

North Fork Frittata

Lush farm stands line Long Island’s North Fork. Late summer treasures make for a fertile frittata. Serves 2. Preheat broiler to high heat. In an oval fry pan, in a little butter and olive oil, over medium high heat, brown sliced seasonal red/white/green onions to taste. Add sliced poblano/serrano/chile peppers. Add a chopped heirloom tomato or…

Roasted Corn-on-the-Cob

Got sweet white corn from Krupski’s farm stand in Cutchogue. Then at Harbes family farm in Mattituck, they were serving roasted corn. How did they make that? Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Shuck the corn of husks and silk. Make sheets of aluminum foil big enough to wrap around the corn. Place corn on each sheet….

Baked Turnip Casserole

Perfect side with Osso Buco, Braised Oxtails or even the traditional Thanksgiving Day turkey. Smooth. Nutty. Delicious. Chop a large peeled turnip into small chunks and cover with water in a saucepan. Cover and boil until chunks are tender. Drain. Let cool to room temperature. In a bowl, hand mash with a 1/4 stick butter…

Fresh Pasta Mozzarella

Access to fresh pasta has rekindled a preference for it when possible. It is different, lighter and a bit stickier which makes sauces adhere better. It cooks much faster 2-3 minutes. No. I won’t go as far as to make it from scratch. In a non-stick fry pan, heat a little olive oil. Add hot…

Radicchio Anchovy Braise

Best side dish I’ve made in a while. Serves 2. In a non-stick fry pan, heat oil from jar of Sicilian anchovies. Add wedges of a fresh radicchio and brown. Add 6-7 of the Sicilian anchovy fillets from the jar, minced. Pour in 1/2 cup chicken broth, bring to boil. Cover and simmer for 8 minutes….

Sunday Heirlooms

Farmers Market today and every Sunday on 77th – 81st and Columbus Avenue. Late summer heirloom treasures.  

Cucumber Tomato Salad

Serves 4 as a side salad. Into a large bowl add~ 6 peeled sliced pickle cukes 1 small sliced red onion Generous amounts of: dried oregano cracked black pepper fresh basil leaves chiffonade Sprinkle celery salt to taste. Add 1/2 cup red wine vinegar. Toss. Taste. Add more vinegar as desired. Toss. Chill until ready…

Watermelon Goat Cheese Salad

Watermelon. So refreshing in hottest humidity of summer. Recently at Nougatine restaurant had the most sinfully simple salad. Cubes of seedless watermelon with dollops of whipped goat cheese. Drizzle with virgin olive oil and finish with cracked white pepper. Superb. Jean-Georges prefers white to black pepper in most things.   Note: Just whisk softened goat cheese by itself….

Watermelon Laced Gazpacho

It’s that time of year again. Chilled sipping soups. Watermelon and cucumbers balance the acid for this twist on a classic. Serves 4. 6-8 pickle cukes, peeled and coarsely chopped 6 ripe garden tomatoes, peeled, cored, de-seeded 2 bell peppers, de-seeded, chopped 1 small jalapeño pepper, de-seeded, chopped 1 small red onion, chopped 3 cloves…