Paella Dish

This recipe serves 18


  • 2 lb chicken sausage (diced)
  • 1 lb Andouille sausage (diced)
  • 1 quart jasmine rice
  • 1 quart mirepoix (diced carrots, celery and onion)
  • 8 oz Sofrito (finely diced red and green pepper, jalapeño, garlic, cilantro and olive oil)
  • 750 ml white wine mixed with clam sauce (50:50) and one tablespoon of saffron threads (allow to set for one hour before using)
  • 16 oz can whole peeled tomatoes (juice removed, roughly chopped)
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Sea salt and ground pepper to your liking

  • 3 cull (2+ pound) lobsters (steamed and removed from shell)
  • 2 lb scallops (10/20 size) cleaned and lightly seared
  • 4 lb fresh fish (skin and bones removed, cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 3 dozen little neck clams (rinsed and lightly scrubbed in cold water)
  • 2 cups snap peas (chopping into pieces) of fresh shucking peas
  • 1 cup cleaned and chopped fresh oregano, parsley and mint – mixed
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Apple Oatmeal Bars for the kids at the Hayground School

Apple Oatmeal Bars for the Hayground School

Yield: 90 cookies

Ingredients for oatmeal cookie mix:

  • 3 cups butter (soft)
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 cups brown sugar
  • 8 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 8 cups a/p flour
  • 12 cups rolled oats

Cream the butter, eggs and sugars until smooth

Add vanilla, warm water, salt & baking soda

Add flour and mix completely

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Quail Hill Farm Common Table Lunch

Estia's chef Colin Ambrose with the most amazing fresh pasta lasagna we have ever tasted. — at Quail Hill Farm. Photo by Phill Lehans

The Annual Quail Hill Farm Common table event has become a ritual that I’ve enjoyed for as long as I can remember. This year, for the first time it was a lunch.

I read the memo wrong and arrived at 11am, lunch to me means sometime in the early afternoon. Upon arrival I found the set up crew just getting underway, tables bare, no other chefs, just Julie Resnick with her clipboard. My dish, the Inside Out Lasagna was made (14 10 inch springform pans) and ready to go into the pizza oven.

Happy to know that I wasn’t running late I took the opportunity to go home and spend two quiet hours with my wife watching a movie.

Thank you Quail Hill! That never happens.

My Photos taken at the Common Table

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Inside Out Lasagna

Inside out lasagna

Makes one 9 inch lasagna
Serves 4 as a main course with salad
Use a 9 inch springform cheesecake pan


  • 4 large tomatoes (roast at 350°F on a well oiled sheet pan, 20 minutes) reserve all oil and remove the skin after roasting
  • 1 yellow summer squash, 6 inches long
  • 1 large eggplant, medium size
  • 1 red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 sweet yellow pepper
  • 1 sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

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Slow Food / ALS Ride for life Benefit : Gala in the Garden at Estia’s LK

Slow Food Gala in the Garden

Last fall I was honored by Slow Food’s Long Island chapter with an award, The “Snail of Approval”. Slow Food is a relatively young organization, at least on Long Island, and I was aware of the work they were doing through my contact with Ted Conklin from the American Hotel in Sag Harbor. More Importantly I was at an event a few years ago at The Kontokosta Winery on the North Fork when my friend Gerry Hayden was honored with the first Long Island “Snail of Approval” recognition.

John Delucie, Claudia Flemming, Jim Botsacos

John Delucie, Claudia Flemming, Jim Botsacos

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Mexican Chimichurri

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • handful oregano sprigs, chopped
  • ½ cup finely diced fresh garlic
  • 4 tsp dried chili powder
  • 2 tbsp finely diced fresh ginger
  • 1 cup finely diced jalapeno
  • ½ cup finely diced red onion or shallots
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 3 cups oil
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • salt

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Finding “{the} Lost Kitchen” in Freedom, Maine

The Lost Kitchen

cowsIn late March, on a quiet Wednesday morning an Estia breakfast customer overheard me describing my daughters summer job in Maine. As I moved back toward the kitchen he quietly suggested I look into a far away dining room in Freedom, Maine called {the} Lost Kitchen, “it’ll be well worth the effort” he said.

Freedom, Maine

If you passed the Post Office in Freedom, Main you missed the sign to the Lost Kitchen

So I did. That night, on the internet I read a story in Food & Wine about a sharp woman named  Erin French who followed her dream back to the town she grew up in. A few weeks later my new breakfast customer was back, again as I passed him at the counter he whispered ” Time to call Lost Kitchen”, and I did. It was early April and Erin had started reserving seats for her 2016 season, after a few exchanged calls I secured a table for 3, Wednesday July 13. Planned in tandem with our visit to catch up with Mansell, our 19 year old camp counselor.

Lost Kitchen outside

{the} Lost Kitchen

It’s not easy to find Freedom, Maine, GPS is strongly advised. After leaving our hotel in Camden we drove past gorgeous lakes, through pine forests and over hills that crested to views of farm fields that went on for miles. The nice thing about being on vacation in Maine is that you must slow down, in some ways I felt forced to. We didn’t need to hurry either as the reservation was set for 6pm. That is the time they start and there’s only one nightly seating at “Lost Kitchen”. Read More »

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Woodfire Beets with fennel, currants, raisins and yogurt

Woodfire Roasted Beets by chef Megan Huylo

Recipe by chef Megan Huylo of Amber Waves Farm Kitchen in Amagansett

Woodfire Roasted Beets w/ baby fennel, fresh currants, golden raisins & yogurt

Serves 2

  • 6 medium red beets, ends trimmed
  • 4 lemons, zested & juiced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt, whipped with a fork
  • 2 baby fennel, thinly sliced & fronds reserved
  • ¼ cup fresh red currants
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons chopped, toasted walnuts

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Beet Moussaka

Beet Mousaka

Recipe by chef Arie Pavlou of Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant in Bridgehampton, NY

Beet Moussaka

makes 4 servings

  • 1 lb beets, boiled until tender and peeled
  • 3 oz. sweet butter
  • 1 medium onion caramelized in 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 8-10 cloves garlic confit, mashed
  • ½ cup sweet sherry
  • 1 cup stock of your choice, we use duck stock
  • 1 tsp dried or 1 Tablespoon fresh marjoram
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, sliced into ½” discs
  • 2 medium eggplant sliced into ½” discs
  • 1 qt. béchamel
  • ¼ cup grated gruyere cheese

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Smoked Baby Beet and Arugula Salad

Smoked Baby Beet and Arugula Salad by chef Sam McCleland

Recipe by chef Sam McCleland of The Bell & Anchor in Sag Harbor, NY

Smoked Baby Beet and Arugula Salad

serves 4

  • 16 baby beets, roasted and quartered lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 sprigs of thyme
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 bulb of fennel, cored and shaved thinly
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • 4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 oz cranberry vinaigrette (recipe to follow below)

For Beets:

Preheat oven to 400°F. In a medium bowl, toss whole beets, olive oil, salt, pepper and whole thyme sprigs. Transfer to a sheet pan, cover tightly with aluminum foil and roast in oven for 30 minutes or until tender. Cool and then gently remove skin with a dry towel (skin will slip off when gently rubbed). Read More »

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Roasted Baby Beet Salad

Roasted baby beets, yogurt, honey, orange, pistachio and mint

Recipe by chef Justin Finney of Highway Restaurant & Barin East Hampton

Roasted baby beets, yogurt, honey, orange, pistachio and mint

makes three salads

  • 2 lb. local beets (tops removed)
  • 2 tbl olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1tsp cracked black pepper

To roast the beets mix all the ingredients together and place in a roasting pan. Cover the pan with foil and place in a 350°F oven for 25-30 minutes. Test the beets with a toothpick to make sure they are done. Let the beets cool for 15 minutes and then remove the skins. Read More »

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Colin Ambrose’s From Seed To Plate Series 2: BEETS

Gathering in the fields of Quail Hill Farm, Colin Ambrose again invites local farmers, seed experts and chefs to participate in this, the second video in his From Seed to Plate video series. This time, participants share their knowledge about growing and preparing the versatile and romantic root vegetable–the beet.


Petra Page-Maan & Matthew Goldfarb, seed experts at Fruition Seeds, Canandaigua, NY
Scott Chaskey, farmer at Quail Hill Farm, Amagansett
Harry Ludlow, farmer at Fairview Farm, Bridgehampton
Justin Finney, chef at Highway Restaurant & Bar, East Hampton
Sam McCleland, chef at The Bell & Anchor, Sag Harbor
Arie Pavlou, chef at Bridgehampton Inn Restaurant
Megan Huylo, chef at Amber Waves Farm Kitchen, Amagansett

Rick Kallaher, videographer
Colin Ambrose, organizer & chef at Estia’s Little Kitchen, Sag Harbor

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First day of summer: Garlic Scape Frittata

Ingredients for Frittata:

  • 12 fresh eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 multicolored carrots, cubed
  • 1/2 cup garlic scape pesto ( see recipe below)
  • 1 whole garlic scape
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup leek flowers (or chive flowers, optional)
  • salt & pepper

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Scape & Sweet Pea Pasta


  • 1 lb fresh whole wheat fettuccine
  • 10 garlic scapes, chopped fine
  • 2 cups fresh English shell peas
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh oregano, cleaned and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme, cleaned and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh mint, cleaned and chopped
  • Sea salt
Garlic Scapes

Garlic Scapes

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Food Lab: From the Kitchen @ Southampton College

Food Lab Conference

In June of 2015 I was in the audience at the Food Lab’s first general session, topics included marketing in the new food media, designing flavor forward healthy snacks and getting them to market, as well as a host of other relevant food forward thinking.

Southampton College

Southampton College

This years perspective of the Food Lab provided a different vantage point. While my assistant Kat Savoia and I were on campus for the first 2 full days of the event, we didn’t attend a single seminar but we did get an energizing educational experience on how to execute dinner service for 202 people utilizing a bag of tricks that I’ve been storing for years.

The menu was extensive because I felt it was important to consider a broad range of diets in the audience. While some would eat everything, others would have specific diets encouraging grains, or raw vegetables.

Buckwheat salad stuffed grilled avocado

Buckwheat salad stuffed grilled avocado

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Farm Yard Pork Loin “Roli Roti Style” – A proven dish for a big Food Lab crowd

Food Lab Founder Geoffry Drummond and Chef Colin Ambrose with Roli Roti

Serves 20


1 full pork loin, belly on
2 bunches parsley
1/2 bunch mint
1/2 bunch thyme
1/2 bunch cilantro
1/2 bunch oregano
10 garlic cloves (chopped fine)
1/2 cup olive oil
2 large lemons (zest only)
3 tablespoons salt

At the “Little Kitchen” from time to time the special menu features our “Roli Roti Style” pork loin stuffed with herbs from our garden (oregano, parsley, thyme, mint and cilantro) mixed with garlic and lemon zest.

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Pork Stew “Chilatole” – Another proven dish for a big Food Lab crowd

Ingredients – this recipe serves 6:

4lb pork (picnic butt or shoulder butt)
2 tomatillo
1 cup chopped onions
10 jalapeno peppers
3 zucchini (chopped)
4 garlic cloves
4 corn cobs (kernels only)
6 bay leaves
1.5 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
3 corn tortillas
1/2 cup fresh cilantro

– bone the pork primals (ham, shoulder butt and picnic butt)
– cut each piece into 4 smaller portions
– place in 3 hotel pans (3 inch deep roasting pans) and in a 375ºF oven (wrapped in foil) for 3 hours
– place bones in a large pot over medium heat and mix with mirpoix (onions, celery and carrots chopped rough)
– stir until the vegetables are soft and then cover with water
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Brisket of Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff with Pappardelle

Beef stroganoff, serves 8

Braising the beef:

  • 4 lb beef brisket
  • 2 cups mirpoix (carrots, celery, onions)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 bottle red wine
  • 1 quart beef stock

Prepare the braise by searing the beef in advance. Season the beef with salt and pepper first then soften mirpoix with butter in a roasting pan, follow with beef stock and red wine then place the brisket in the pan and cover. Braise in a 350°F oven for 3 hours. Read More »

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