A sample of poor soil from a golf course. Possibly a “clean fill” material, this soil features many large particles and scant organic matter.
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Gardenwise: All The Dirt You Need to Know About Soil

[caption id="attachment_42053" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A sample of poor soil from a golf course. Possibly a “clean fill” material, this soil features many large particles and scant organic matter.[/caption] By Susan Tito First, my apologies to horticulturists and soil scientists everywhere: I shouldn’t label that wondrous organic substance that supports plant life as just “dirt.” I know better, but I can’t resist a play on words. All joking aside, anyone who
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The Homestead: Peconic Townships: All Together Now

[caption id="attachment_35877" align="alignright" width="250"] Michael Daly[/caption] We, on the East End of Long Island, are so fortunate to live here. Many who don’t are envious of our good fortune. We have some of the most cherished beaches, villages, wildlife, sunrises and sunsets in the world. Our community is made up of many different people; full-time residents including farmers, fishers, business owners, artists, tradespeople, activists, community servants, retirees and the list
Tim Kelly
Between the Lines Column

Between the Lines: I Didn’t Just See What I Thought I Saw, Did I?

[caption id="attachment_36190" align="alignright" width="225"] Tim Kelly[/caption] Do you believe in ghosts? Do you believe in strange visions or manifestations, in otherworldly phenomena that defy comprehension or explanation? If so, you’re not alone, because I do too. Here’s a for instance: One sunny Mother’s Day afternoon, with no pharmaceuticals, illicit or otherwise, nor spirits, brewed or distilled, in my bloodstream, I was transported back to a dark and sorrowful day in
Column Let's Cook

Let’s Cook: Exotic IGA

Let's Cook: Exotic IGA by Alison Boyd & William Sertl The Idea We celebrate our farmstands and love to boast about swordfish caught off Montauk, but in winter, when those options aren’t available, we can still shop local. At the IGA, for instance, you can find everything you want to cook a splendid meal without resorting to gourmet shops or mail-order ingredients. ​The IGA is small, too. Easy to get
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Let’s Cook: Casseroles to Chase the Winter Blues

[caption id="attachment_41000" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This Tagliatelle al Forno will keep the winter blues away.[/caption] Let's Cook: Casseroles to Chase the Winter Blues by Alison Boyd & William Sertl New Year’s Day kicks off the Season of Gloom, and there’s only one way to fight back. With hearty Eat ‘n’ Watch Casseroles in front of TV. Think about football games and the hordes, on the verge of hungry, who’ll be piling
Sausage rolls, a red cabbage salad and a layered berry trifle make for the perfect make-ahead Boxing Day lunch.
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Let’s Cook: Ye Olde Boxing Day Lunch

[caption id="attachment_40485" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Sausage rolls, a red cabbage salad and a chocolate-berry trifle make for the perfect make-ahead Boxing Day lunch.[/caption] Let’s Cook: Ye Olde Boxing Day Lunch by Alison Boyd & William Sertl The Background We had a fright after realizing the servants would be off on December 26; we had invited everyone we know to an open-house for Boxing Day. Scarier still was the discovery that we
Pan Roasted Black Bass with White Wine and Rosemary
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Let’s Cook: Giving Turkey the Bird

[caption id="attachment_39813" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Pan Roasted Black Bass with White Wine and Rosemary[/caption] Let's Cook: Giving Turkey the Bird by Alison Boyd & William Sertl The Plan Following the lead of their brethren in Plymouth, the folks who settled the East End gave turkey no more than equal billing at a Thanksgiving pageant cast with plenty of game, duck, and even lobster, supporting players that seldom get much credit these
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A Harvest Moon Dinner

[caption id="attachment_38859" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Chicken Cobbler for the Harvest Moon[/caption] A Harvest Moon Dinner By Alison Boyd and William Sertl The Idea Only yesterday you caught yourself thinking: “Once the kids are back in school I want to have some fancy dinners again. Lay out a big spread with candles all across the table.” (Yes, you did.) There’s nothing new about celebrating the fall season. The urge to feast is