We travel at Thanksgiving for many reasons – visiting family (or escaping from family); a break before the holiday to get away and relax; maybe to enjoy the experience of shopping in a real farm village… Meats, fish, vegetables, cheeses, breads, pastries, wine – all taste better from the East End.
Let’s begin with shopping on the East End for your Thanksgiving Holiday to be enjoyed at home sweet home! (Or maybe at our Graybarn Cottage – the kitchen is well equipped!) The week before Thanksgiving is the perfect time to plan a getaway to the Hamptons. Enjoy a bit of quiet before the holiday, pamper yourself with a spa day, enjoy a fantastic dinner before the cooking begins – and you don’t even have to wash the dishes! I would plan to be Out East in time for Candlelight Friday at Wolffer Estate Vineyard – live music, great wine, cheese, and charcuterie. And of course, some wine tasting to pick the perfect wines for Turkey Day!
I know Thanksgiving is all about the turkey, but we have always started Thanksgiving dinner with our favorite local catch, bay scallops. David rattray of the East Hampton Star speculates on the forecast for this year’s harvest; Stuart and Charlotte Sasso purvey the very best. They will be happy to pack and ice a few pounds of local East End scallops ready for the trip home.
As far as scallop preparation, I have a few thoughts…
- Jamie Oliver from his days at the infamous River Cafe – Michael McIntyre’s scallops for Kitty
- I love this preparation because it is completed in advance and relieves the kitchens workload. From Serious Eats: imagine Daniel Boulud’s Blood Orange Scallop Ceviche on your dinner table.
- Another one from Serious Eats that just feels like Thanksgiving: Seared Scallops with Brussel Sprouts and Pancetta
- Just in case your catch happens to be sea scallops (not really a hardship!), consider Tom Colicchio’s Pan-Roasted Sea Scallops with Scallop Jus
BTW… Tom’s methodology is perfection and will lend itself to many garnishes, those above or otherwise.
East End Local… Vegetables, Farm Stands, Markets, Our Farmers! Where would we be without them? They have always been the foundation of our food chain and it is so appropriate today, as these makers assume the role of saving how we and our children will eat tomorrow! Our favorite farms for Thanksgiving…
- Balsam Farms in Amagansett (or their store in Montauk) is a great place to shop for your Thanksgiving Dinner!
- North Sea Farms our favorite turkey farm, great vegetables and fresh eggs as well
- OMO better known as Open Minded Organics for mushrooms and Hemp Derived Oils
- Amber Waves Farms & The Amagansett Farmers Market, that’s where the flour for MHI Pancakes is grown and milled
- It’s hard to find on the internet, but Dayton Farms at Hardscrabble on the corner of Stephen Hands Path and Route 114 is worth a visit
- Edible East End says there are 5 Local Farms that will change the way we think about Thanksgiving Turkey
And Finally Dessert
- Carissa’s The Bakery Local Amber Waves Wheat, East End Fruit, NY Kriemhild Butter and a good deal of love make Carissa Waechter’s ’The Bakery’ a must do for inclusion on your holiday shopping list. Sweet Potato Brioche, Dark Stout Bread, Pickled Rye, Madeleine, Macaron, Polenta Cake, Double Crusted Apple Pies, Fruit Meringue Tarts, Dark Chocolate Raspberry. And a few holiday surprises that will be sure to amaze.
- Briemere Farms Blueberry Crisp, Apple Rhubarb, Boysenberry, Raspberry Plum, Pumpkin, Peach and Cherry. All made from scratch the old fashioned way, fruit from the farm as well as a variety of Jams, Jellies and Syrups
- Tate’s Bake Shop Home of the Crispy CC Cookie, Double CC, White Chocolate Macadamia, Brownies, Sour Cream Coffee Cake Pecan Pie. Dan’s Papers recounts the amazing story about Kathleen King.
Lagniappe [lan-yap]: Cajun for a little something extra
Thank you for taking the time to follow my story. Every week I add an extra link, one that I hope is worth a few moments of your time.
Our very own… Alec Baldwin has a bit to say about farming on the East End. Alec speaks to Scott Chaskey of Quail Hill Farms. To quote Alec about Scott: ‘Farmer, poet, and pioneer of the community farming movement, Scott Chaskey is the kind of progressive thinker that doesn’t come around often.’ The Peconic Land Trust also chimes in about this Amagansett CSA and features the documentary ‘Out Here in the Fields’ by Alec Hirschfeld. A little more Alec…
- Here’s The Thing on WNYC hosted by Alec Baldwin is our favorite podcast: entertaining, intelligent and Alec’s is simply the best voice on the net!
- The Alec Baldwin Show If your a fan of Alec at the HIFF ‘A Conversation With’ watch his show – ‘unfiltered & provocative’
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It’s been my pleasure,