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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.