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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 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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Hoecakes and honey: The favorite breakfast of the first POTUS. I imagine that one of the great things about being president of the United States is getting to have whatever you want for breakfast. In George Washington’s case, according to written accounts by his friends and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at Charity Robey
Published in the Suffolk-Times on Thursday, February 15, 2018 and the Shelter Island Reporter on Feb. 22, 2018. The last time Peconic Bay scallops were this plentiful was the winter of 2015, just before six weeks of hard weather put what should have been a five-month harvest on hold. Back... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at Charity Robey
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CHARITY ROBEY PHOTOS The cake that says, ‘be mine.’ Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on Feb. 8, 2017 It’s all too easy to say, “I love you.” Making cake is harder. On Valentine’s Day, when it’s especially important to let the one you love know it, one way to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at Charity Robey
COURTESY 18 BAY RESTAURANT Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on February 22, 2018 Elizabeth Ronzetti and Adam Kopels, chefs at 18 Bay Restaurant, were nominated for a James Beard award in the very competitive “Best Chef-Northeast” category last Thursday. They say when you score a touchdown, you should act... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Animal Control Officer Beau Payne on the hunt recently, getting into position an hour before sundown, a time when deer are most active. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on February 1, 2018 On a frigid afternoon in January, harnessed to a tree stand 14 feet above... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Craig Wood at the Islander taking a break from a busy day. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on December 14, 2017 One of Craig Wood’s first jobs stands out among his childhood memories, and not in a good way. “I did not like manure day,” he... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO When a wall of ice made Mabel’s usual route to the ferry impassible, she had to bushwhack. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on January 25, 2018 When I step out of the house with my three-year old hound for her afternoon constitutional, she makes a beeline... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Harald Olson preparing for his one-man show. When Harald Olson was a boy in Huntington, West Virginia, he lived in a large home with an altar and stained-glass window in his bedroom. His mother, a devout Catholic, had it built as a place for her only child... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at Charity Robey