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Author: Monte Mathews

It looks like a Burger with Fries. But you can eat this one on Meatless Monday.  It’s the Beyond Burger.

It looks like a Burger with Fries. But you can eat this one on Meatless Monday. It’s the Beyond Burger.

We ate our first Beyond Burgers this month. Here’s our review: When you live near an all-American town like Sag Harbor, New York, you know you’re going to find a great burger.  I love the burgers at Dockside, a local institution that’s an improbable tenant […]

The Absolute Best Chocolate Raspberry Cake Ever Baked 

The Absolute Best Chocolate Raspberry Cake Ever Baked 

Our dear friend Don was celebrating his birthday. And who wouldn’t want to make him the best Birthday Cake you could imagine? And wouldn’t you know who volunteered to bake it. Why Andrew, of course. This was before he heard that Don was inviting 18 […]

The Winners of The Hampton Classic have been announced!  And one of them is these Rosemary Apricot Squares from Baked!

The Winners of The Hampton Classic have been announced! And one of them is these Rosemary Apricot Squares from Baked!

The annual Hampton Classic Horse Show is history.  This season-ending spectacle is the punctuation mark on our summer season. And we love it even if  it marks the end of a wonderful summer here.  Of course, the focus is on the horses and their riders.  […]

The Ultimate BLT

The Ultimate BLT

My fondness for tomatoes is a recurring theme this month.  As we reluctantly end August, I will make the most of what has been a terrific tomato season here on Long Island.  I love every kind of tomato from the largest of heirlooms to the […]

Grilled Shrimp with Old Bay and Aioli

Grilled Shrimp with Old Bay and Aioli

I have to say this is one of the best recipes we’ve made all summer.  What’s great about it is that it’s every bit as good hot off the grill or griddle as it is when the shrimp are cooled down or even chilled.  Sitting […]

Pan con Tomate or, as we say in Catalonia, Pa Amb Tomàquet

Pan con Tomate or, as we say in Catalonia, Pa Amb Tomàquet

After our ten-day trip through Portugal in July, it seemed a shame to be just an hour and a half by air from Barcelona and not go there—especially since Andrew had only been to Spain twice. We’d spent a magical day in Salamanca as part […]

Peach Hand Pies from Lisa Donovan in Food and Wine Magazine

Peach Hand Pies from Lisa Donovan in Food and Wine Magazine

Our peaches out on the East End of Long Island are outstanding this year.  They’re glorious to look at—all those colors from deep golden yellow mottled with shades of orange and red, almost to purple. It seems almost a shame to peel them, let alone […]

Claire Saffitz’ Steak Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette

Claire Saffitz’ Steak Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette

We were serving lunch outdoors this weekend. I was looking for something simple to do. We’d planned a weekend of several different dishes in the “chicken or fish” categories. Cruising through August’s Bon Appetit, I saw a stunning salad.  Beautiful cherry tomatoes, thin slices of […]

Savory Roasted Tomato Tarte Tatin

Savory Roasted Tomato Tarte Tatin

        A couple of years ago, I read a very detailed recipe for a tomato Tarte Tatin in Bon Appetit. I worked with the recipe and came up with two versions of the dish. Now that Tomato season is in full swing, I revisited this […]

My latest article on Viking River’s newest Douro River Cruiseship has just been published…Enjoy!

My latest article on Viking River’s newest Douro River Cruiseship has just been published…Enjoy!

Sailing The Douro On Viking’s Newest ‘Baby’ Longship, Viking Helgrim August 4, 2019 By Guest Post Leave a Comment Guest post by Monte Mathews The Douro, The River of Gold, is Portugal’s gift to river cruising. Viking Cruises is bringing its formula of absolutely top-notch […]

Cucumber and Peach Salad with Mint…thanks to a new Hampton’s Farm Stand

Cucumber and Peach Salad with Mint…thanks to a new Hampton’s Farm Stand

For all their most recent history as a summer resort for the rich and famous, the East End of Long Island has been farmland from the arrival of the first English settlers in 1640.  The land and the climate here are extraordinarily good for growing.  […]