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Charity Robey
Shelter Island, NY
Writer, editor, food columnist.
Interests: Cooking, culinary history, baking and sourdough bread, farming and agricultural practices, fishing
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Jane Kosovsky of Southold joined Rick Kedenburg to count birds on 60 acres of farmland near Southold on Saturday. The Orient Christmas Bird Count is an annual tradition dating back 114 years. (Credit: Charity Robey) Exactly 114 years ago, farmer and amateur naturalist Roy Latham counted the birds he could... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO On the street where she lived… in an apartment Melania shared with her sister, Ines. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on December 14, 2017 When I travel, I try to learn something. So when I visited Slovenia recently, I went with an urge to better understand... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | The Long Island turnip served mashed with a whole roasted fish and caramelized onions. When 91-year-old Wanda Wittmeier passed away in May of 2014, she went out at the top of her game. The Modern Snack Bar, a diner she founded in 1950 in Aquebogue, managed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at Charity Robey
Photo: Marine biologist Steve Heck recording data on scallops gathered near Sag Harbor. (Credit: Charity Robey) Front-page story in the Suffolk-Times on November 16, 2017 Last week the veil was lifted on a question at the center of both the East End’s culture and its economy: How many Peconic Bay... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at Charity Robey
The scent of cider conjures up an East End tradition. When I crossed the threshold of the century-old barn, I stepped into a fragrant past, with sweet, rosy notes of crushed apple in the air. The hulking, two-story 120-year-old cider press at Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue noisily turned bushels... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Bill Persky at home. In the days when television was something to be enjoyed in the living room with family and friends, Bill Persky was the guy who wrote your favorite shows. Sitcoms were his specialty. Scripts for “The Dick van Dyke Show,” and his work on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Seared scallops with sweet peppers and apple cider. To eat a fresh wild Peconic Bay scallop is to experience the miracle of merroir, a food that tastes like the soup of salt, sand, grass and mud it came from — flavors of honey, mushrooms and sea... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Idowu Ogundipe is the new business leader of the Shelter Island School. Idowu Ogundipe arrived at JFK on a flight from Nigeria to begin a new life in the United States at 6 a.m. on September 11, 2001. His wife met him at the airport, and by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Sometimes in a dream, I open a door in my house, and find a room behind it that I never knew existed. The dream is so common that psychologists even have a term for it, the “unused-room dream,” said to occur when the dreamer discovers new capabilities... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Steve Lenox on Sunrise Sunset heading out of Congdons Creek Monday at dawn, opening day of the 2017 scallop season. In fishing, as in real estate, it’s all about location, and on opening day of scallop season, there is no more appropriate or beautiful place to embark... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Close your doors! Squirrels are coming for this zucchini bread. There are a lot of trees around Lily Hoffman’s Shelter Island home, but that doesn’t really explain why squirrels invade her kitchen. What we do know is this, when Lily makes a certain kind of zucchini... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Charity Robey
COURTESY PHOTO Birds do it. Bees do it. If I’m lucky my sons will do it. In the meantime, I’m an unemployed wedding planner. September and October have now beat out May and June as the most popular months for a wedding, and there is no finer time on Shelter... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Tom Hashagen is never far from a stringed instrument, or a kitchen. In 1979 an itinerant guitar-playing chef named Tom Hashagen decided to quit his rambling ways, move to Shelter Island, and stay for good. He’s brought a lot of joy to the life on the Island... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Roger Horowitz at the home on Menantic Creek that has been in his family since the 1960s. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on September 21, 2017 Roger Horowitz grew up on the Upper West Side, went to school in the city and spent every summer of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Just like the baseball playoffs, the East End’s giant peaches are an end-of-summer treat (and bigger than a baseball). It gives me great satisfaction to roast something large. The pride of the Thanksgiving turkey, the suckling pig, the rack of lamb placed on the table in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Dulcinea Benson and Frank DeCarlo on the dock/dining room of Barba Bianca, their Greenport restaurant. Published on September 19, 2017 in the Shelter Island Reporter On a Friday afternoon before Labor Day, a vintage Mercedes sports car the color of New England clam chowder pulled up to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Long Island Cheese looks like the pumpkin that carried Cinderella to the ball. Published on September 14 in the Shelter Island Reporter My long bed-making ordeal is over. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, I wrestled a fitted, flat and two pillowcases into submission more times than... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at Charity Robey
COURTESY SYLVESTER MANOR EDUCATIONAL FARM Professor Eben B. Horsford, ca. 1890. Published on September 7, 2017 in the Shelter Island Reporter When food historian Linda Civitello, author of “Cuisine and Culture: A History of Food and People,” tells the story of baking powder, as she did at a recent Friday... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Christine Finn at The Islander this week. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on September 7, 2017 Christine Finn, a teacher and education administrator, has a sure-fire way to get the flavor of the local culture when she travels overseas. Go to McDonald’s. “In Paris, the McDonald’s... Continue reading
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Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Charity Robey
COURTESY PHOTO This thresher shark fed a family of three for more than a week, with lots left over. It took three members of the Mastropietro family 45 minutes to bring in a 177-pound thresher shark 15 miles due south of Montauk, but over a week to fry, roast, grill... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Megan Hergrueter with her work. The white and black vessel is an example of a specific technique — applying horsehair to very hot pottery to create a singed effect. The week leading up to Shelter Island’s ArtSI open artist studios event, Megan Hergrueter had her hands full.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Marcus Kaasik and one of his hens. You can tell a lot about a man by his chicken coop. Marcus Kaasik’s is a wooden masterpiece made entirely by his hands, with a chicken-sized ladder for entry, and windows and doors fitted with black iron handles and latches... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Gary Gerth at home on Shelter Island. On a quiet evening a few years after he moved to Shelter Island, Gary Gerth’s phone rang. The caller, who identified himself as Leon, had misdialed. This was in the days before apps, when people made a local phone call... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Without baking powder, there would be no peach cobbler. Not a world I want to live in. In 1856 Eben Norton Horsford, the lord of Sylvester Manor, patented the first leavening to include calcium phosphate, and subsequently made a fortune marketing Rumford Baking Powder, a combination of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at Charity Robey