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Seasonal food blog of Chef Deborah at Cuvée at The Greenporter Hotel

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Apricot Soup with Fennel & Yogurt

August 25th, 2014 · No Comments · Allergies, City Cooking, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Entertaining, Events, Fish, Gone fishing, Greenport, Grilling, Kosher, Long Island Wine, Low-Calorie, Lunch, New York City, North Fork, Side Dishes, Snack, Soups & Bisques, Summer, Summer Recipes, Tips, Vegan, Wine

Apricot season is coming to a close, which, sadly, signals the end of summer. Make sure you don’t miss your window to bring this fiber rich fruit to your dinner–the smooth, tangy and slightly sweet characteristics of apricots make them the perfect addition to a summer salad or refreshing chilled soup. Combining savory and sweet flavors, treat your taste buds and try this recipe for apricot soup this week!

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Thai Basil and Watermelon Salad: Perfect for a Summer Party.

August 20th, 2014 · No Comments · Allergies, City Cooking, Cooking Classes, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Entertaining, Events, Gardening, Greenport, Grilling, Kosher, Long Island Wine, Low-Calorie, New York City, North Fork, Side Dishes, Snack, Summer, Summer Recipes, Tips, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wine

In August, most of us on the North Fork are on a mission to savor the last bites of summer, and nothing says summer like the fresh crunch in the bite of a perfect watermelon.  I say perfect watermelon because the texture of the “right” watermelon makes all the difference–it should be firm and sweet without being mealy or dry.

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Gardener’s Herb Orzo

August 12th, 2014 · No Comments · Brunch, canning, City Cooking, Cooking Classes, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dinner, Fish, Gardening, Gone fishing, Greenport, Grilling, Long Island Wine, Lunch, New York City, North Fork, Pasta, Side Dishes, Summer, Summer Recipes, Tips, Wine

The unseasonably chilly nights on the North Fork feel like Fall to me, and signal me to start using the herbs in my garden before November. The mounds of Greek Oregano, the rifts of Thyme and Sage, the bright blue flowers of my Borage plants; these need to be consumed before they surrender to the colder months, so I begin a plan to use them all. Fresh-herbed orzo, pesto of all kinds, herb salads with leaves of parsley and celery plants, garnished with petals of Borage, Sage blossoms, and sprigs of wild fennel–all these are recipes that bring your garden straight to your table. This weekend, try this recipe for herbed orzo using a generous helping of any one or more herbs from your garden. As a side dish, it’s a great addition to any meal, pot luck, or picnic.

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Rosemary Honey Cookies

July 30th, 2014 · No Comments · Christmas, City Cooking, Cooking Classes, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dessert, Dinner, Easter, Entertaining, Events, Fall Recipes, Gardening, Greenport, Hanukkah, Holiday, Italian, Kosher, Long Island Wine, Lunch, New York City, North Fork, Passover, Preserves, Queens, Snack, Spring Recipes, Summer, Thanksgiving, The baking corner, the baking corner, Tips, Travels, Vegetarian, Wine, Winter Recipes

The air is thick with the scent of Rosemary during the humid summer evenings we have here on the North Fork. Whether you use Rosemary to skewer meats and veggies on your outdoor grill, or add a few stems to your evening bath, its distinct flavor and homeopathic properties are profound. As well as smelling amazing, Rosemary boosts the immune system and one’s overall well being.

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Cucumber and Garden Herb Soup with Greek Yogurt

July 25th, 2014 · No Comments · Allergies, City Cooking, Cooking Classes, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Entertaining, Events, Gardening, Greenport, Kosher, Long Island Wine, Low-Calorie, Lunch, New York City, Side Dishes, Snack, Soups & Bisques, Summer, Summer Recipes, Tips, Vegetarian, Wine

Cucumbers are refreshing and healthful guests at the summer dinner table, whether they are featured in a Greek salad, or in a cold summer soup. They are in the same family as other summer squash and melons, and are loaded with phytonutrients, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese, making them the perfect antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. They are also great for the skin and cardiovascular system. This Cucurbitaceae is a key member of the Mediterranean diet, and it is no mystery as to why! So give this simple and refreshing soup a try–perfect for lunch, dinner, or a late night snack–and enjoy a long life. Or, just join us this evening at Cuvee at the Greenporter Hotel, where we’ll be serving it as our soupe de jour!

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Meet the Farmer: A Day with Holly Browder of Browder’s Birds

July 12th, 2014 · No Comments · Allergies, City Cooking, Cooking Classes, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Entertaining, Events, Fall Recipes, Gardening, Greenport, Hanukkah, Holiday, Long Island Wine, Low-Calorie, Lunch, North Fork, Pasta, Side Dishes, Spring Recipes, Summer, Tips, Travels, Wine, Winter Recipes

Every week, we at The Greenporter Hotel welcome hundreds of guests to the North Fork, where they come to get closer to nature–and more specifically, to their food sources.  This is an easy feat in Greenport, where you are a bike ride away from dozens of vineyards, organic farms, and the bountiful Peconic Bay.


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North Fork Chicken Tagine

July 12th, 2014 · No Comments · Allergies, canning, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Entertaining, Events, Gardening, Holiday, Kosher, Low-Calorie, New York City, North Fork, Tips, Wine

There are many farmers’ markets on the North Fork, but the most intimate is the one at North Fork Table & Inn in Southold on Fridays, from 8am to 11am. Fresh vegetables from Invincible Farms, the fresh baked goods of Claudia Flemming (James Beard award winning pastry chef), and chicken and eggs from Holly Browder of Browder’s Birds–making for a veritable movable feast.

Chicken Tagine with garden vegetables

Last week, I was lucky enough to purchase Holly’s last bird before she packed up for the day. Her free roaming, grain-fed, and very loved chickens make for a delicious North African braise with garden vegetables, exotic spices, and preserved lemon that will transport you to Marrakesh (via 495). Serve with cous cous or your favorite grain.

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Zucchini Pineapple Muffins

July 5th, 2014 · No Comments · Breakfast, Brunch, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dessert, Dietary Restrictions, Gardening, Low-Calorie, Lunch, New York City, North Fork, Snack, Summer, Summer Recipes, The baking corner, Tips, Vegetarian

As a child, zucchini was among the most reviled of vegetables, only slightly less hated than okra thanks to it’s one saving grace–the fact that it was the key ingredient in the eponymous baked good, zucchini bread–the almost-cake masquerading as healthful. Even those who love zucchini for it’s own merits, minus the butter and sugar, must admit that during the summer months, the small green squash does tend to pile up–especially here on the North Fork, where fresh farm stand zucchini is readily available. So, I was delighted to experiment with a new zucchini baked good and include the tropical taste of tangy pineapple, all neatly baked in a breakfast muffin –one that actually is good for you.

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Thai Basil Gimlet: Fresh from the Garden

June 29th, 2014 · No Comments · Allergies, Brunch, City Cooking, Cocktail, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dietary Restrictions, Dinner, Drinks & Cocktails, Entertaining, Events, Gardening, Greenport, Italian, Kosher, Low-Calorie, Lunch, New York City, North Fork, Summer, Summer Recipes, Tips, Vegan, Vegetarian

Thai Basil Gimlet

The nostalgia for the classics is bringing us back retro cocktails like Gimlets and other libations made with fresh herbs. Herbs are wonderful year round in pots on your windowsill–not only do they add beauty to your kitchen, but they have wonderful health benefits.
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Garden Refreshers: the Shelter Island Run and summer beverage ideas

June 21st, 2014 · No Comments · Brunch, Cocktail, Cuvee at The Greenporter Hotel, Dietary Restrictions, Drinks & Cocktails, Entertaining, Events, Holiday, Long Island Wine, Low-Calorie, Lunch, North Fork, Summer, Summer Recipes, Wine

Summer is now officially here, and the North Fork is bursting at the seams with visitors enjoying the vineyards, beaches, and other summer activities–like the Shelter Island Run, a 10k marathon that celebrates it’s 35th anniversary this year.

Vitatini mocktail on the Cuvee terrace


It promises to be an exciting event, with guest runners such as Olympian Meb Keflezighi, who won the Boston Marathon. The Shelter Island Run benefits several local charities, including East End Hospice, the Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch, and the Shelter Island Run Community Fund, which benefits scholarship funds, youth programs, and historical and environmental preservation projects on Shelter Island.
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