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Hello June! And Hello Strawberry season!  Although the month of May is considered the “official” month of strawberries, I have always known June to host the freshest and ripest that our Long Island farms have to offer.  Now that we have welcomed June, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of this berry in the peak of its season.

The great thing about strawberries, deliciousness, aside, is how versatile they can be.  Strawberries can be integrated in such a variety of ways.  From drinks to desserts, the possibilities are almost endless!

A refreshing strawberry cocktail can makes for a fabulous summer drink. I’m not usually one to follow recipes, so I whipped up my own drink from home. Here is one to try. Muddle sliced strawberries with mint and a squeeze of both a lemon and lime.  Pour mixture into a champagne flute and top it off the some Prosecco or sparkling white wine.  Feeling more adventurous? Add a dash of St.Germain Elderflower liquor for a fantastic floral finish.  Replace the alcohol with tonic water for an equally as delicious virgin alternative.

Strawberries can be the star of the show in an entrée as well.  A strawberry/spinach salad conveys the flavors and textures of summer.  I recently tried a recipe made by a friend of mine and thought it a light and tasty dish; perfect for BBQ’s.  It was sweet, crunchy, and very satisfying! See her recipe below.

And in the summer celebration we can also celebrate strawberries and what better way to do so than at 60th Annual Mattituck Lions Annual Strawberry Festival,.  This year the festival will be held from June 12-15.  It is time for dessert!

If in attendance, expect to find a variety of yummy treats including chocolate dipped strawberries, daiquiris, and of course; strawberry shortcake. And incase you begin to feel that you’ve eaten so many strawberries you may just turn in to one; gyros, roasted corn, and funnel cake can be found for a little something different.

 

So here’s to the summer season, and the season of strawberries!

Strawberry Salad
1 bag baby spinach
5 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp white vinegar
2 tsp chopped red onion
1/2 cup oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp poppy seeds
1 pint fresh strawberries
Mix spinach and sliced strawberries.  Mix rest of ingredients to make the dressing.  Pour over spinach and strawberries when ready to serve

HM Eats: Perfect Guacamole….Hey there friends…One day I walked into a store to buy Guacamole and it was so expensive, so I decided I would make my own…How hard could it be, turns out it’s not hard at all, but it is time consuming. Thought I would share my recipe with you, so when I come to your house and you serve me guacamole I know I am going to like it because its my recipe. LOL, Yes it’s all about me…I admit it!!!

Perfect Guacamole
Recipe Type: Appetizer/Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Vanessa Leggard
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Serves: 4-6 people
Perfect Guacamole….All fresh ingredients…serve with any Mexican meal or as a dip with some chips.
Ingredients
  • 3 Ripe Avocados
  • 1/4 cup of Cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons of Lime juice
  • 1/4 cup of diced red onion
  • 2 plum tomatoes (seeded)
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 small Jalapeño pepper
  • black pepper for taste…
Instructions
  1. Cut the avocados in 1/2, remove the pits, and scoop the flesh out of their shells into a large bowl, smash until the avocado is smooth and not lumpy. Add the Lime juice, cilantro, Jalapeño pepper, red onion, tomatoes, salt, and pepper and toss well.

 

Yum Yum…Everything taste better with Bacon…I love bacon, I love the smell of it and how it taste. This is really a must try recipe if you like pork tenderloin. Try pairing this meal with a nice Riesling, Pinot Grigio, or Pinot Noir.

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Recipe Type: Meat
Cuisine: http://www.howtoinstructions.us
Author: Vanessa Leggard
everything taste better with bacon.
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds Pork Tenderloin (1 Pkg. Of 2 Tenderloins), Cut Into 4 Pieces Total
  • 1 pound Bacon
  • ¾ cups Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Onions
  • ½ teaspoons Garlic Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Wine Vinegar Or White Vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 dash Pepper
  • ¾ cups Brown Sugar
Instructions
  1. Wrap the tenderloin pieces in bacon. Place in an 8 1/2″ x 11″ pan. Poke holes in meat with a fork.
  2. Combine rest of ingredients in a small bowl; stir well. Pour marinade over meat. Refrigerate, uncovered, 2 to 3 hours or overnight.
  3. Bake in a 300 degree oven for two to three hours. If the bacon burns, place foil over the top after approximately 1 1/2 hours of baking. Remove from oven, cut meat into small pieces and allow the meat to soak up the excess juices in the pan.

Hamptons Eats: Hey there my Foodie Fans….Sag Harbor Food News Chatter..2014

As many of you are already aware Espresso has closed its doors for good what you did not know is the new owner is apparently an East Hampton local…Contrary to rumors circulating I am told this will not be a Vegetarian/Vegan cafe so everyone can take a deep breath and calm down. I have been told the new owner plans to open a Market Style with take-out Cafe, Brick-oven pizza, fresh healthy choices…moderate prices….Opening is slated for late April early May after much-needed renovations..

_DSC0270Page 63 rumor has that Chef James Carpentar  is coming to Sag Harbor. Chef Carpentar’s  resume includes East Hampton Point, Cittanova, the Living Room and Dellafeminas…a local celebrity chef…I hear that Page is also expanding with a marketplace of their own. Watch out Provisions you might just be getting some competition in Sag Harbor. Page might just be the talk of the Town this summer? There is a new Aquaponic growing system and grow room had 2 new additions. Over 250 of a variety of salad greens were planted.

Doppio the newcomer that bought last year’s popular Madison & Main Restaurant on Main Street in Sag Harbor looks like they are beginning their renovations. I was told when I visited the Huntington place that they were planning on opening in March; seems like that is not happening this month, maybe May. Madison & Main was incredibly busy last year, lets see if the new-comers can bring back that same vibe, but this year they will have some competition in the Harbor.

The biggest news however is B’Smith in Sag Harbor…It has been rumored that B’Smith’s in Sag Harbor  will not be opening their doors this summer. I remember when B’Smith’s opened in 1997, it was the place to be. African American’s who vacationed in the Hamptons would always choose B’Smith’s as the place to dine out. Dan,Barbara and their Managers have always supported the community and graciously offered their place to host a variety of community events. There is community chatter that a new Management team will be running the show this summer, according to Grub Street Richie Notar will be Opening HARLOW in Sag Harbor, a seafood Cuisine.  Richie Notar, the restaurateur who transitioned from his role as managing partner at Nobu two years ago to helm several new ventures, has taken over the waterfront space and plans to reopen in May as an East End outpost of his Lombardy Hotel restaurant Harlow. It is noted that Notar has also taken over the former Lenox Lounge space, which is rumored to be called Notar Jazz Lounge.

Will this be the Sag Harbor summer place to be? They do  have the BEST location in the Harbor. It is my hope that they will seek to have a relationship with the community and not just focus on the summer crowd.

The Nobu partner is also about to open a jazz club in Harlem.Photo: Patrick McMullan ..

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Hey Turto il Giorno fans I have been told that they are opening a new location in Tribeca, I have yet to eat at the Sag Harbor location, this is on my agenda for the Spring. I will share my experience with all of you once I do._DSC0014

Where will you be hanging this summer in the Harbor…I will be at the place that makes the BEST Watermelon Martini’s!!! watermelon-martini

 

Next week, Restaurant News in East Hampton/Montauk

Hamptons Wellness:Healthy Foods essential to your well-being…Take a look at these 3 food items that are healthy Foods to Eat…

bigstock-Fresh-salmon-fillet-29411951Salmon: Eating two or three servings of fish a week is a simple way to improve your health and stave off certain illnesses and diseases. Salmon is one of the most nutritious types of fish to add to your diet. It supplies iron, zinc, niacin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12, as well as a whole host of other nutrients you need for good health. It has Selenium which is a mineral that keeps your thyroid working properly and boosts the health of your immune system. It also works as an antioxidant, which means that it destroys free radicals. Salmon has a specific type of unsaturated fat called omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids lower your risk of dying from heart disease, according to Mayo Clinic.

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Yogurt: protein (about 9 grams per 6-ounce serving), plus several other nutrients found in dairy foods, like calcium, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium. Yogurt consists Probiotics which are “friendly bacteria” that are naturally present in the digestive system. Live strains of these “good bacteria” are also found in many yogurt products. While more research needs to be done, there’s some evidence that some strains of probiotics can help boost the immune system and promote a healthy digestive tract. If you can get greek organic.

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Oranges:

bigstock-Big-fresh-orange-28947719Helps Prevent Cancer: Oranges are rich in citrus limonoids, proven to help fight a number of varieties of cancer including that of the skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon. Prevents Kidney Diseases, Reduces Risk of Liver Cancer, Lowers Cholesterol, Boosts Heart Health, Oranges are full of potassium, an electrolyte mineral is responsible for helping the heart function well. When potassium levels get too low, you may develop an abnormal heart rhythm, known as an arrhythmia. Oranges are full of vitamin C which protects cells by neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals cause chronic diseases, like cancer and heart disease. Oranges are full of dietary fiber which stimulates digestive juices and relieves constipation. Oranges Helps Create Good Vision, Oranges are rich in carotenoid compounds which are converted to vitamin A and help prevent macular degeneration. The flavonoid hesperidin found in oranges helps regulate high blood pressure and the magnesium in oranges helps maintain blood pressure. Oranges are full of beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant protecting the cells from being damage which also protects the skin from free radicals and prevents the signs of aging.

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