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.

Confessions of a Thanksgiving Slacker

In the past, I’ve slathered my share of turkeys in butter, perspired over pies and noodled over nouveau-style macaroni and cheese. But, I’ve reached the conclusion that the role of top Thanksgiving chef—while perhaps personally gratifying and certainly a boost to the ego—may just be overrated.

Giving Thanks at Restoration Farm

Homemade pies filled with locally grown winter squash, chunky fresh cranberry sauce, root vegetables, garlic, broccoli and Brussels sprouts filled the cornucopias of members at Restoration Farm in Old Bethpage as the community gathered for a pre-Thanksgiving celebration.

Garlic Therapy

Depending on your perspective, the annual autumn garlic planting at Restoration Farm in Old Bethpage is the epilogue of the current growing calendar or a prelude of the season to come.

Freeport’s Nautical Mile: The Surge After Sandy

There’s a sense of quiet desolation and abandonment on a raw December morning at Freeport’s historic Nautical Mile. Just weeks earlier, Superstorm Sandy tore a murderous path along the East Coast, bludgeoning the dozens of restaurants, crab shacks, fish markets, bars and boutiques that comprise the popular summer destination.

Church Garden Goes Farm-to-Table for Fundraiser

The Garden at St. Mark’s in North Bellmore will host a benefit Farm to Table Harvest Dinner Saturday, October 5 to support its community garden. Since its inception three years ago, the church garden has donated nearly 4,000 pounds of fresh organic vegetables to neighbors in need.

A Proclivity for Pickles

Plainview resident, Pete Starr left behind life as a CPA four years ago. “I just wasn’t happy with the corporate 9-to-5,” he says. Now he’s a self-proclaimed Pickle Man, selling 13 flavors of artisan pickles at 100 street fairs, farmers markets and festivals annually.

IN OUR FIRST ISSUE: The Shack in Centerport

The Shack opens “unofficially” on Memorial Day, and usually operates until October 15. “Uncle Sam to Christopher Columbus,” says one staffer. It features an eclectic menu of traditional seafood entrées, fried snacks, salads and dressed up nouveau cuisine.