The Old Hook Mill – East Hampton NY
Thanksgiving travel happens for many reasons - visiting family (or escaping from family); a break before the holiday to get away and relax; a chance to enjoy the experience of shopping in a real farm village . . . Meats, fish, vegetables, cheese, breads, pastries, wine - all taste better on 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!) Next week, the rest of the Thanksgiving Story!
The week before Thanksgiving is the perfect time to plan your getaway to the Hamptons. Enjoy a bit of quiet before the holiday, pamper yourself with a spa day and enjoy a fantastic dinner before the cooking begins.
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 shopping for Turkey Day!
Wolffer Wine Tasting
Bay Scallops for Thanksgiving . . . Yes!
I know Thanksgiving is all about the turkey, but we have always started Thanksgiving dinner with our favorite local catch, bay scallops. The East Hampton Star is happy to tell you about it; 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
- From Serious Eats: imagine Daniel Boulud’s Blood Orange Scallop Ceviche on your dinner table. I love this preparation because it is completed in advance and relieves the kitchen’s workload.
- 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, 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 others.
Head out to the Farms for Food!
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 some of the best veggies we serve at MHI are grown at Balsam
- North Sea Farms our favorite turkey farm with great vegetables as well
- OMO, better known as Open Minded Organics, for mushrooms and Hemp Derived Oil
- Amber Waves Farms & The Amagansett Farmers Market, that’s where the flour for MHI Pancakes is grown and milled
- 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 pies – all made from scratch the old fashioned way, with 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 and Pecan Pie. Dan’s Papers recounts this amazing story about Kathleen King.
Carissa’s Apple Bacon Pie
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 when he 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 . . .