Summer Nosh Nostalgia

Ah, the joy of summer eats! Is it possible that it’s nearly time to bid farewell to sun-drenched finger food, fresh-picked produce and cocktails al fresco?  Before we take on the butternut squash, allow me a moment to wax nostalgic on the nips and noshes of Summer 2014.

Lobster Rolls at Kerber’s Farm

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Classic Macaroni Salad  I admit I’m a sucker for suburbancuisine, so my contribution to the annual Restoration Farm Summer Solstice dinner was Hellmann’s recipe for Classic Macaroni Salad. Forget pasta salad. This is the genuine article: a mélange of elbow macaroni, crisp diced celery, chopped onion and mayonnaise, straight from the jar. Lest you think me down-market, this timeless picnic pleasure was gone minutes after it hit the buffet table — a real crowd pleaser!

 

Blueberry Preserves

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It’s become an annual tradition. On a Sunday in July, I head east to Patty’s Berries and Bunches in Mattituck for blueberry power picking. Then, I haul the goods back to my kitchen for an afternoon of cooking and preserving blueberry jam. The serenity of Patty’s bucolic berry fields is relived each time I crack open a jar of that homemade jam.

Fried Pear Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream

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One must always sample regional cuisine when traveling, and on a trip to Tennessee to visit my brother I fell hard for a local favorite the fried pear pie at Blue Bird Antiques & Ice Cream Parlor in the little town of Bell Buckle. A flaky hot little hand pie with a crisp sprinkling of sugar, it was a luscious lick of Southern hospitality.

Manhattan Cocktail at New York’s Oceana — The mild August gifted us with the best summer weather of the century. My college cronies and I met often at the outdoor café at Oceana on West 49th in New York to kibitz and take a swim in their ocean-sized Manhattan cocktails. No joke — the Indian Ocean is only slightly larger than this cocktail, but size aside, the seaworthy Oceana Manhattan is a sophisticated soiree of smooth rye whiskey, pungent bitters and a perfect brandy-soaked artisanal cherry. Order a second at your own risk.

T.W. Barritt blogs at culinarytypes.blogspot.com 

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