T.W. Barritt is a passionate baker who studied the art of bread and pastry at the French Culinary Institute in New York City. He is the author of “Long Island Food: A History from Family Farms and Oysters to Craft Spirits" published by History Press.

Summer Nosh Nostalgia

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.

Restoration Farm Hosts First Farm-to-Table Celebration

Balmy days and cooler nights evoke thoughts of autumn harvest, and Restoration Farm is working up an appetite for fall by planning the CSA’s very first farm-to-table dinner. Slated for Sunday, September 21 at 5 p.m., the buffet dinner will be held at the Tin House at the entrance to Restoration Farm on 140 Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Road in Old Bethpage. Tickets are $40 per person and include salad, entrée and dessert all using organic ingredients grown on the farm. Drinks are BYOB.

basil herbs pots ready to be planted

My No-Frills Kitchen Garden

I’ve had to be brutally honest with myself. The harsh reality is that when it comes to horticulture, while I may aspire to a green thumb, mine is mostly black and blue. No amount of planning, Miracle-Gro, cultivating, raised beds, sweat or physical labor has ever produced the kind of stunning vegetable sanctuary I dream of.