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Showing posts with label Sag Harbor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sag Harbor. Show all posts

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Nantucket Bay Scallops in Tabasco Butter with Parmesan Cheese and Croutons


  
The American Hotel.
A must stop in Sag Harbor whether for
Bay Scallops or not
         I can’t tell you how proud I am of this recipe.  It is really one time when I can genuinely claim authorship of a dish. I’d tried a recipe for something similar several weeks ago.  It was a way of using the absolutely delectable tiny scallops that are native to the waters around the Hamptons on Long Island and even more renowned when they hail from Nantucket.  These wonderfully sweet morsels are in season and we look forward to every delicious bite.   But what a disappointed the recipe was!  The topping was made with those breadcrumbs that likely live in most pantries for years.   The scallops were drowning in them and bland as all get out. Disappointing is an understatement.  Especially after having had the most tender, deliciously flavored Peconic Bay Scallops at a holiday dinner at Sag Harbor’s wonderful American Hotel.  I vowed to make them again and started working on ways to create this dish.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Kat McCleland’s Unbelievably Delicious Almond Cake With Marscapone Whipped Cream


Almond Cake with Slivered Almonds and Marscapone Whipped Cream
Almond Cakes in their "Hurri-Cakes" incarnation 
         The first time Andrew made this magnificently moist, indescribably rich almond-to-the-core cake, it was one of two birthday cakes he provided for a friend’s very Big Birthday.  The second cake was a Chocolate Devil’s Food cake with Chocolate filling. The ultimate complement he was paid was by our friend Peter, an inveterate chocoholic if there ever was one.  Peter said, upon tasting its almond companion, “I never thought almond would trump chocolate but this one does”.   It is that good.  And there’s a story behind getting the recipe that’s a lot of fun too.

Monday, September 20, 2010

A visit to The Beacon and a recipe for Crispy Portobello Mushrooms with Shallot Beurre Blanc Sauce


View from The Beacon.  Photo by Beth and Peter Whiteley


        There’s no shortage of great places to eat on the East End.  Although you would never think so on a Summer weekend when you can’t get a table anywhere without advance reservations.  There is, surprisingly, a dearth of restaurants right on the water--especially considering we’re surrounded by it.   And sad to say, several of those have traded in good food and decent service to trade on their view.  So you are even more limited if you want to eat well. 
Of all the restaurants out here, with waterviews or without, our hands-down favorite is The Beacon at 8 West Water St. in Sag Harbor.  I’d give you the phone number but it’s not much use.  The Beacon doesn’t take reservations.  It doesn’t have to.  The line forms downstairs before the place opens at 6. The last time I was there, the place was jammed by seven.  Those of us who were early birds had snagged the open air tables on the deck overlooking the Marina. 

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Joe and Liza’s Fish Sandwich from Bay Burger, Sag Harbor NY.



Three years ago in May, Joe and Liza Tremblay and took over a roadside place in Sag Harbor, NY, that was called “Linda’s Famous Cheesecake”.  I had one friend who swore by Linda’s cheesecake but to be honest, I could never figure out when the place was open.  It was desolate most of the time.  Then Joe and Liza came along and opened “Bay Burger” at 1742 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, (631-899-3915).  Joe is a former grillman at the Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien in Manhattan, generally acknowledged to have one of the best burgers in the city.  Liza is a Culinary Institute of America graduate who makes the couple’s eponymous ice cream.  The slogan for the ice cream is “It’s from the Hamptons so you know it’s rich”.