The East End of Long Island is renowned for stunning beaches, fertile farmland and relentless traffic jams. I got to experience all three this weekend when I headed out to the Hamptons to see my brother in a production of the musical Working based on the book by Studs Terkel at the Southhampton Cultural Center.
The cast of Studs Terkel's Working. This terrific production, both poignant and entertaining, is playing for two more weekends.Mecox beach off Dune Road in Bridgehampton was spectacular on Saturday. The sky was crystal clear, with dramatic drifts of clouds dotting the horizon in puffballs of elaborate configurations. On the drive to Mecox I insisted on stopping at my favorite farmstand, Foster Farm in Sagaponack on Sagg Main Street.
I will let the photos tell the whole farm stand story:
Who could resist?
Sunflowers with yellow centers, a rare find!
Green beans just need a quick blanch. Dress them in a garlicky vinaigrette and let them marinate in the fridge for a salad.
I brought home one of the white eggplants, sliced it up and sauteed it in extra virgin olive oil. It cooked in minutes, sweet and tender and delicious over pasta.
Hot, sweet, small or large, grab a pepper and whether chopped raw, grilled or sauteed they will add a brightness to your dish.
Radishes sliced very thinly look like little jewels and add a fresh, peppery taste to a salad.
Freshly picked produce looks so colorful and healthy. It is difficult to know when to stop shopping.
Beautiful produce requires the most minimal amount of prep to get a fabulous meal on the table in no time and perhaps even fortify you for those inevitable beach community summer traffic jams!