When I visited the Montauk Farmer’s Market a couple of weeks ago, I made a beeline for Carissa’s Breads‘ table and her glorious Schiacciata alluvia- a sweet Tuscan-style focaccia, made with black grapes and generous amounts of fennel, salt and olive oil. I encountered it last summer and have tasted it in my memory ever since. It did not disappoint. I was happy to also try something new, and as different from the Schiacciata alluvia as you could get: Dark Stout Bread. Hearty and earthy with a pleasant touch of
bitterness, Carissa makes it with Montauk Brewing Co dark stout ale and wheat from Amagansett-based Amber Waves Farm. Two days later, it still tasted great freshened up in the oven, served with some Parmigiano-Reggiano and very sharp Vermont cheddar
“It was then I fell in love with the growing side of the food scene. I really could not believe how great & different food tasted when grown with love and care. My bread business fell into place naturally, and demand continues to increase for breads made with a portion of locally grown wheat, which I mill myself.”
In addition to Carissa’s Breads, in 2010, she cofounded the Amagansett Food Institute, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to supporting farmers and food producers on the East End of Long Island. For Carissa, her work baking bread is intertwined with her community of growers and food entrepreneurs.
“I cannot describe the joy I experience as both my business and nonprofit continue to grow and serve my community.”
Carissa’s Breads is a Martha Stewart American Made 2014 finalist.
The Connecticut lobster roll is simple and glorious: a succulent combination of freshly picked lobster meat and melted butter, served on a hot dog roll.
It’s about as different from the cold mayo variety as you can get. Although the basic recipe is the same wherever you go in the state, there are slight variations — and Connecticut residents are fiercely loyal to their favorite purveyors.
Where do you eat YOUR favorite lobster roll? Choose among the suggestions below - or add your own.
You have until September 21, 2014 to vote.
I’ll write a Foodie Fatale post this fall featuring the winning Lobster Roll.
May the finest lobster roll(s) win!
**9-4-14 UPDATE: Any restaurant with 10 or more write in votes will be added to the poll list
PLEASE CHECK CAREFULLY TO SEE IF YOUR CHOICE IS LISTED BEFORE YOU WRITE IT IN.
I was happily engulfed in a pie frenzy recently in New Haven’s Ninth Square District where City Seed Community Food Systems Coordinator Tagan Engel organized the annual Pie On 9 Contest and Block Party,* inviting the New Haven community to bake and submit (130!) pies in a variety of categories.
Tagan invited me to be a guest judge in the Fruit Pie category.
Lucky me! Along with fellow judges Kathy Riegelmann of Katalina’s Bakery, Cast Iron Soul‘s Steve and Shayla Ross, we tasted nearly 100 pies. The winner, a Divine key lime pie by Abby Klein.
If you don’t know City Seed, you should. They are doing very important work. (Mission: To engage the community in growing an equitable, local food system that promotes economic development, community development and sustainable agriculture). This year’s Pie on 9 benefited City Seed’s Food Stamp Double Value Program, which doubles the value of SNAP food stamps at CitySeed’s five markets.
All year long, I look forward to the time when sweet, local peaches are in season. Here in Connecticut, they have finally arrived and I cannot get enough. Today on Better Connecticut, I showed Scot Haney and Kara Sundlun the recipe for my favorite peach trifle, with lemon verbena, mascarpone, Lillet Blanc and tasty Entenmann’s All Butter Loaf Cakes.Thank you to Entenmann’s for contributing […]
It’s officially the first week of summer. In coastal Connecticut, this not only means sunshine and days at the beach, it also means seeing my favorite local farmers at markets, stands and pick-your-own events. But unlike in the past, this year it doesn’t feel like like a reunion. Thanks to Facebook, I never really had to say goodbye.For locavores and food […]
Podcast: Play in new window | Download Once again, I had a great time on 102.9 DRC-FM with my friends Mike and Kim in the morning for “Foodie Friday” on June 6th, 2014. In honor of National Doughnut Day, we discussed my choices for the Top 5 Doughnut Shops in Connecticut. Have a listen to our talk while […]
I had great fun celebrating National Doughnut Day today with Scot Haney, guest host Kristen Taekman and the Better Connecticut crew. We couldn’t stop eating these irresistible Baked Doughnuts- and neither could our audience! We also had fun discussing my recent post: Top 5 Doughnut Shops in CT. Thanks to King Arthur Flour for the great recipe and baking pans. […]
In honor of National Doughnut Day, I spent the past month tasting doughnuts throughout Connecticut. What difficult work this was!!! Most of my stops were recommended by my fabulous Facebook fans- thank you! Please enjoy this slideshow of my favorite five shops*- all worthy of a special trip! Top 5 Doughnut Shops in Connecticut* Guiliano’s Bakery (Niantic) Coffee An’ Donut […]
Podcast: Play in new window | Download I was thrilled to join Mike and Kim in the morning once again for “Foodie Friday” on Connecticut’s 102.9 DRC-FM. We had a great time talking Summer Food! Have a listen and enjoy the fun!