This blog is devoted to our local food sources and to embracing what is local — regardless of where you call home. Eating what grows around us can help us eat healthier, less expensively and will help us participate in sustainable living by caring for our planet. Hopefully, Seasoned Fork may assist you in trying seasonal farm to table ingredients for simple everyday recipes as well as help you explore more elaborate recipes for special occasions and holidays.
The idea for Seasoned Fork, was born of the the many interesting culinary inquiries I would receive from visitors to the North Fork who would visit farmstands during their weekends away from the big city. What do I do with the cauliflower I bought at the farmstand? How do I cook fava beans? Butternut squash? Turnips? These were the questions I received at the end of a relaxing wine-filled weekend as my visitors set off back to Manhattan, Boston or Greenwich as they considered using their farmstand purchases. I began to answer these city dwellers who had been my guests at The Greenporter Hotel and Cuvee, my inn and bistro in Greenport, Long Island via email and as the emails kept coming in.
As a North Fork chef and gardener, I am endlessly inspired by the change of seasons on the North Fork and whether it is cooking with local wine or savoring local oysters or raspberries, I always want to be able to show everyone that they can bring something from the local farm stands to their own tables.