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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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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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Charity Robey
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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
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on August 10, 2017 Memory is a tricky thing. I’ll never forget that afternoon on the beach, the setting sun, the waves breaking. Wait. Waves breaking? That must have been Montauk. Or maybe I’m remembering spring break at Clearwater Beach? Wish... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Andrew Porzio started growing food in his backyard when he was a kid. He’s scaled up a bit. When Andrew Porzio came to Sylvester Manor Educational Farm in the spring of 2016 as a farm apprentice, he’d already been growing food for a decade. At 13, he... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Green scum on the shores of Fresh Pond on Monday. When Native Americans lived on the shores of Fresh Pond thousands of years ago, they dumped discarded scallop shells in the water. Before the Shelter Island landfill opened in 1950s, Fresh Pond was the most popular dump... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Mary and Albert Dickson at home on Shelter Island. Albert Dickson’s family history includes a number of people about whom you could say, “They did good.” His great uncle got the idea that places for public access to the water should be designated by the town, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | English Summer Pudding made by a rebellious colonist. The irony was not lost on me. On July 4th, the anniversary of the day that my country declared independence from Great Britain, I was scouring the English countryside checking every menu, quizzing every cook and searching every... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Charity Robey
Sarah Phillips partner/operator visits K.K’s Farm in Southold where she purchases and harvests lettuce and other produce for the weekend menu. (Credit: Randee Daddona) At the intersection of First and South streets in the Village of Greenport, there’s a lovely old house; all windows and garden, with a homey vibe... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Annette Hinkle outside the Reporter’s office last week. In the Shelter Island Reporter, you won’t often find stories about the staff, even though they are some of the most interesting people you’ll ever meet. But Community News Editor Annette Hinkle’s story is too good not to be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Our columnist found this seaweed, made it into chips and fed it to her family. Two years ago I heard that kelp farming might soon come to waters off the East End and a jolt of excitement went through me. I love to cook with and eat... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at Charity Robey
A conversation with Dave Arnold the founder of MOFAD, the Museum of Food and Drink in this issue of NYFoodStory. A puffing cannon in action at “Boom!”—the Museum of Food and Drink’s exhibit on breakfast cereal. (Photo by Paul Adams) https://www.nyfoodstory.com Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Charity Robey
COURTESY PHOTO William Theinert with Nancy and Cooper at home in Connecticut. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on June 22,2017 Whether the next President of the United States is red, blue or purple, one of the helicopters in POTUS’s fleet will be made by the aircraft manufacturer Sikorsky, with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTOS Pasta with pea shoots, prosciutto and pecorino. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on June 15, 2017 Vigorous exercise is a good excuse for eating well, so the Shelter Island 10K is a highlight of my summer. My husband started training for and running the 10K in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Charity Robey
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A Diamond back terrapin named Swimmer is ready to welcome this year’s campers to the Sea Adventures Marine Camp Shark Week at the Sea Adventures Marine Camp in Southold is not a screen-mediated exploration of nature. Like every other experience at the camp, it’s hands-on, and that means you may... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Charity Robey
Shelter Island It’s a good thing there’s no bridge to Shelter Island, because when you go someplace this special, you should arrive effervesced, with the wind in your hair and mist tickling your skin. Pebbly beaches perfect for walking or swimming, 2,000-plus acres of forest and field for hiking and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Charity Robey
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Returning to action for the Bucks Opening Day June was team mascot Billy Buck with veteran batboy Tate Ford. Shelter Island Bucks General Manager Frank Emmett and Assistant GM Dave Gurney were in high spirits before the team’s opener at Fiske Field last Friday afternoon even though... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Charity Robey
Being out didn't feel like an option for Vitelli growing up. Today, he's changing that for Long Islanders. image: robert chamorro Robert Vitelli dreamed of moving to Detroit and designing cars. A degree in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College—becoming the first member of his working-class family to go to college—gave... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Charity Robey