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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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Nick MacAskill gathers sage leaves during the foraging at Sylvester Manor Saturday. (Credit: Charity Robey) Published on northforker on June 19, 2018 On Saturday afternoon at Shelter Island’s Sylvester Manor Farm, herbalist Dawn Petter knelt before a fuzzy-leaved plant and asked permission to pull off a leaf. Permission from the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Coping with the dog — and horse? — days of summer on Shelter Island. Published in the Suffolk-Times and Shelter Island Reporter on July 11, 2018 When it gets very hot on Shelter Island, chickens lay fewer eggs, turkeys call a temporary truce in the battle for... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Charity Robey
Homemade hummus is worth the effort. This one has thyme leaves and a drizzle of olive oil to top it off. The one-m humus is a fertilizer, the two-m hummus is an appetizer. Both are a blend of organic ingredients and part of a healthy life style. Both can be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at Charity Robey
Pat Sulahian at the Tuck Shop, an Island institution that she has run since 1980 Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on June 28, 2018 Pat Sulahian was a 48-year-old mother of five when she got out of a rehab program in Minnesota, returned to her husband and children and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Published in the Suffolk-Times and Shelter Island Reporter on June 7, 2018 Last week my dog Mabel found a starfish on a Shelter Island Beach. I measured, Googled and identified it as a knobby starfish, native to Malaysia. It was so perfect, and so far from home... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at Charity Robey
MARTIN BURKE PHOTO A plowed field at Hampshire Farms. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on June 14, 2018 Who owns the farm at 60 Smith Street and what are they doing with it? On 63.6 acres in the middle of Shelter Island lies one of the last open stretches... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at Charity Robey
COURTESY POST CARD In 1921, a crowd of bathers at what is now the Shelter Island Heights Beach Club witnessed the arrival by canoe of Miss Dorothy Stokes of Greenport. Said to be a former Queen of the Yale Ball, she paddled across, tied her canoe up to the floating... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | ‘Tis the season for burgers … so get grilling! Play ball! Memorial Day is the opening pitch of the summer grilling season, time for me to step outside, heft the spatula and connect with an orb of ground beef. If I’m doing it right, there will... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO A bluebird nest with three eggs. Twice this spring I’ve sprayed myself with Deep Woods Off, tucked my pants into my socks and with fellow volunteers climbed into the cab of a pickup that smelled like wildlife and looked like the Recycling Center’s paper bin, to check... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Anu and John Kaasik in the home they built. Over 50 years ago, when John Kaasik first set eyes on Shelter Island, he was 11 years old, riding in his family’s Chevy Suburban on their way to visit a friend. After the visit, his Estonian immigrant parents,... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO The Lones family. Jason, Ebeth and their son Wilson. Every child is a miracle, but to parents who struggled to have a child and finally did, Mother’s Day is a reminder to take nothing for granted. Wilson Lones, son of Ebeth and Jason Lones, reminds his parents... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at Charity Robey
| CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Bliss Morehead long ago stopped wearing a fur coat around the Island, but still wears black. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on April 12, 2018 Bliss Morehead was an advertising executive, a city-loving, urban creature with a BA in English from Barnard when her fiancé... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Janalyn Travis-Messer and Nushka in her Heights office. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on April 29, 2018 Janalyn Travis-Messer’s office is full of activity. She’s in the middle of building a house on the Island and as she bustles around her office/exhibition space for local artists,... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Charity’s Meatloaf hot from the oven. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on May 3, 2018 “I have never run into an unlovable meatloaf, but I have loved some better than others.” – Laurie Colwin “More Home Cooking” Meatloaf, the comfort food of 1950s America has... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Jack Josephson and Magda Saleh at home near Congdons Creek. Even if Magda Saleh, Egypt’s first prima ballerina in her 20s and founding director of the Cairo Opera House and National Cultural Center in her 40s, had not placed a large bowl of sweet, salty roasted nuts... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO All that’s left of an osprey nest, knocked down by a winter storm. Last week, I saw an osprey flying in slow circles over the remains of an enormous nest that last summer held a brood of young. The nest, perched on a thick branch of an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at Charity Robey
I won first place for columnists at the New York Press Association awards on Saturday. These are the columns the committee read. All ran in the Shelter Island Reporter. Greenest story ever told http://shelterislandreporter.timesreview.com/2017/03/10/column-greenest-story-ever-told Sale-ing on a Saturday http://shelterislandreporter.timesreview.com/2017/06/09/column-sale-ing-saturday/ Confession of an air bnb user http://shelterislandreporter.timesreview.com/2017/01/14/column-confessions-airbnb-user Searching for Melania in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO A day in the sun for fathers and sons, like the Diedrich Family. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on March 29, 2018 When my husband, two adult sons and I travel to Dunedin, Florida, the spring home of the Toronto Blue Jays every March, we come... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Sam’s Grilled Broccoli — heavenly hot off the coals. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on March 29, 2018 In 1928, The New Yorker ran a cartoon that expressed an enduring human truth. It was drawn by Carl Rose with a caption by E.B. White. It... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Carol Galligan at home on Shelter Island, where she wrote her new book, “Collision Course: The Vatican, the Nuns of America and the Meaning of Obedience.” Published in the Shelter Island Reporter in February, 2018 In the 1970s, Carol Galligan was a working, divorced mother of two... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Justine Karen at the Islander. A very articulate 16-year old is sitting in a corner booth at The Islander talking about her life. It’s the height of lunch hour and just about everyone in the busy dining room knows who she is, where she lives, who her... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Charity Robey
The storefront at Marika’s Eclectic Boutique on Shelter Island. (Credit: David Benthal) Published in the March issue of northforker magazine More than 30 years ago, Marika Kaasik and her sister Marion decided to open a store on a remote island reachable only by ferry. In those days, Shelter Island was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Our columnist had her dog Mabel’s genetic makeup tested. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on March 22, 2018 In 2017, millions of Americans paid to send off a plastic vial of saliva and have their DNA analyzed. My dive into the gene pool began with animal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Seth Nathan at Isola in the Heights. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on January 11, 2018. Seth Nathan is the executive chef at Isola, a restaurant in the Heights. Halfway through his first winter on Shelter Island, he’s still — remarkably — smiling. For a guy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Tracy McCarthy at home on Fred’s Lane. Tracy McCarthy was 40 when she moved permanently to Shelter Island. But in all the ways that count, she lived here all her life. Her recurring childhood ear infections? Doctor Grunwaldt treated them. First job? Bussing tables at the Ram’s... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at Charity Robey