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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 Gerry and Roni Siller on the front porch of their Shelter Island home. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on August 29, 2019 Gerry Siller was in high school when he decided to apply for a job at a new restaurant near home in Massapequa. He’d worked... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Charity Robey
Julia Weisenberg Published in the Shelter Island Reporter, September 19, 2019 Julia Weisenberg likes big dogs, and Rita, at 93 pounds, certainly qualifies. When Julia and her family stopped in a pet store a few years back to “let the kids touch the dogs” and left with a Labrador retriever... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2019 at Charity Robey
Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on September 5, 2019, entitled, 'A long way travelled in a very short time' CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Aterahme Lawrence at The Islander. Growing up in Greenport and Shelter Island, Aterahme Lawrence dreamed of beauty pageants, acting and singing, but had little reason to think... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2019 at Charity Robey
A quiet Crescent Beach one late afternoon this week. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on September 12, 2019 Last Wednesday, two women paused on their evening walk, and leaned on the whitewashed fence that runs along Crescent Beach to admire the sunset. “I haven’t been down here all summer,”... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2019 at Charity Robey
Published in the Summer 2019 issue of Feed Me magazine. There was a time when an East End fisherman who caught a lot more than he could sell would buy a fryer, set up some picnic tables and open a restaurant. A few of those joints, such as Commander Cody’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2019 at Charity Robey
Zac Posen at his parent's farm in Bucks Country, PA. Photo Credit: Vanina Sorrenti Published in the Summer 2019 issue of Feed Me magazine. Zac Posen grew up in a creative household in New York City, with a father who cooked every day. The 38-year-old designer dresses the best, from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2019 at Charity Robey
Clam chowder made from Melva Sherman’s recipe. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on September 5, 2019 On the East End of Long Island, people have been opening clams and eating them for a very long time, starting with native Americans who left piles of clamshells behind to attest to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2019 at Charity Robey
A sea of shining Dickerson relatives and their partners From the August 22 issue of The Shelter Island Reporter The sound that emerged from Jean Dickerson on Monday afternoon was like something out of a bullhorn, summoning upwards of 70 relatives to arrange themselves around her twin sister Jane, brother... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2019 at Charity Robey
Basil leaves steeping in beach plum sorbet, just before it goes into the freezer. Although I did not pull a 10-hour shift waiting tables even once, or mow and trim overgrown lawns all day, all summer, I’m still ready to raise a glass to the end of the season. It’s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at Charity Robey
edible long island TELLING THE STORY OF HOW LONG ISLAND EATS • NO. 27 SUMMER 2019 INNO VATION the MAD SCIENTIST MICROGREENS THE NEW FACE OF FARMING AYAHUASCA-ASSISTED HEALING THE TRUTH ABOUT CBD COCKTAILS LET THEM EAT FOOD WASTE Member of Edible Communities issue via digitaleditions.sheridan.com My story about how... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 21, 2019 at Charity Robey
Indian Runner ducklings stand adorably upright, aligning their heads, wings and webbed feet in a way that would make them the stars of any yoga class. Fifty of them race in a tight pack around the barn of Abra Morawiec and Chris Pinto, co-owners of Feisty Acres in Southold. Morawiec... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Published in The Shelter Island Reporter on July 27, 2019 It’s a bear market. By which I mean when I go to the market, I behave like a bear; gathering berries with my paws, bringing them home to my den, and consuming them quickly and voraciously. Gooseberries... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on July 26, 2019 Sara Mundy grew up on Shelter Island, graduated in the Class of 2009, and spent the next decade studying and living in New York. She traveled around the world for work, including a European tour with a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Published in The Shelter Island Reporter on July 7, 2019 Sometimes heaven is called “a better place” and by that definition, Jean Dickerson is in heaven. She was born on Shelter Island in the house on Midway Road that she lives in today. “I sleep in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Charity Robey
Dr. Bowman brews beer, and he got in touch with Mr. Blackley to talk about yeast. It was Dr. Bowman who devised a way for Mr. Blackley to extract yeast strains from ancient artifacts without damaging them. via www.nytimes.com This is really interesting and will get more interesting once he... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 11, 2019 at Charity Robey
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My dog Mabel is a canine archaeologist. She’ll dig in the yard, stick her snout as far into her test-hole as she can shove it, snort violently, and then dig even more furiously. I think she’s on to something, because the archaeologists who dug up the yard at Sylvester Manor... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2019 at Charity Robey
Courtesy photo Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on June 13, 2019 One hundred years ago, a woman in Spokane, Washington named Sonora Smart Dodd decided to honor her father, a man who raised her and five siblings after their mother died in childbirth. With Dodd in the lead, Father’s... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on June 13, 2019 When I do the Shelter Island 5K I always learn something new. It’s a chance to experience a big chunk of Shelter Island on foot, in the company of others, with water provided every mile or so.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO-Mike Bebon, at home on Shelter Island. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on May 23 2019 Mike Bebon was deputy director of operations at the Brookhaven National Lab and a weekend Islander for 20-plus years when he got a call from someone at the Shelter Island Public... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTOS A sweet and crispy basket for local strawberries; Pavlova. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on May 23, 2019 Pavlova is a large crispy meringue with a soft middle that is a built-in bowl for berries and cream. The people of Australia and New Zealand each claim... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Michael Payano Michael Payano will graduate from Shelter Island High School in a few weeks, and plans to attend SUNY New Paltz in the fall, the first in his family to attend college. When his clan gathers at the Southold Legion to recognize his achievements, it should... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at Charity Robey
Published in Edible Long Island and Edible East End Innovation issue, June 5, 2019 When 2,000 pounds of carrot pulp came to Treiber Farms in Southold from Matchbook Distillery, six miles east, Peter Treiber fed some of the largesse to his chickens, and shared some with fellow poultry farmer Abra... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at Charity Robey
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Sharon and Richie Surozenski. Published in the Shelter Island Reporter on May 9, 2019 Richard (Richie) and Sharon Surozenski were getting ready to watch Jeopardy when the phone rang a few weeks back. They were in Kissimmee, Florida for a two-week vacation, but their household routine down... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Charity Robey
Courtesy Image The sign on the lawn outside Louis Cicero’s barbershop last Thursday read “Prom Haircuts” and it captured the mood (and the stray hairs) of the Island. The students who danced at the Ram’s Head Inn last Friday night are members of the community’s most important institution, and prom... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at Charity Robey
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Published in Newsday, Feed Me magazine on April 28, 2019 Indian Runner ducklings stand adorably upright, aligning their heads, wings and webbed feet in a way that would make them the stars of any yoga class. Fifty of them race in a tight pack around the barn of Abra Morawiec... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at Charity Robey