The fruit stands are full of fall vegetables so I scan the food magazines for new recipes. It is a difficult decision: Should I try roasted pumpkin soup, sage with pistachio pesto, a fennel pasticcio or maybe lentil and chestnut soup?Lovely pictures and seductive recipe names in cooking magazines inspire me to try new things. I write meals on a chalkboard for the kids; they love the menus found in fine restaurants, so why not? There are times when they look at me with that “Are you kidding me?” face and shuffle to the pantry for some instant macaroni and cheese. At least my recipe adventures have motivated them to learn to cook!
Like most everyone else, on a busy night we might enjoy “Hand tossed pizza, fresh mozzarella cheese, rustic pepperoni and wild oregano” from Michelangelo’s. It always tastes better when I write out the fancy name!
The Eastern Long Island Audubon Society and Quogue Wildlife Refuge are holding a fundraiser that’s literally “for the birds” on Saturday, November 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Refuge, 3 Old Country Road in Quogue. Bay Gardens, the gardening center on Montauk Highway in Center Moriches, will be selling bird related gifts that day.
Those who want to support these two wonderful groups are asked to place their seed orders as soon as they can. Bird seed orders must be received by Wednesday, October 23, and can be picked up during the sale at the Refuge. Eastport Feeds is providing generous assistance during this fundraiser. A wide variety of seeds is listed on the order forms, which can be picked up at the Refuge or downloaded from www.quoguewildliferefuge.org or www.easternlongislandaudubonsociety.org.
Alan Pederson, a well-know songwriter, performer, speaker, entertainer and bereaved parent, will be bringing his “Angels across the USA” tour to Hampton Bays on Friday, October 18. This concert is presented by The Twin Forks Chapter of the Compassionate Friends, an international organization offering understanding and support to families following the death of a child. Incidentally, the Twin Forks Chapter of this organization was founded eight years ago and meets on the third Friday of each month at the United Methodist Church in East Quogue.
Tickets to the concert are $25 per family; the price goes up to $30 if you buy them at the door. The concert will be held at Red Creek Park, 102 Old Riverhead Road in Hampton Bays, and runs from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, please contact Karen Corley at (631) 473-0862 or Pamela Rae at (631) 275-0460.
The Eastern Long Island Audubon Society is holding its annual dinner at the newly renovated Suffolk Theater on Main Street in Riverhead on Wednesday, October 16. Norman Smith, director of the Blue Hills Trailside Museum and The Norman Smith Environmental Education Center in Milton, Massachusetts, will give a presentation on snowy owls. Mr. Smith is currently working with officials at Boston’s Logan Airport to capture and relocate snowy owls that can cause problems for pilots during takeoffs and landings.
Tickets are $50 per person. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner; the presentation will follow. There will be raffles with some cool prizes. Please call Sally Newbert at (631) 281-6001 or Evelyn Voulgarelis at (631) 727-0471 for more details.
The Westhampton Beach Historical Society’s annual “Walk Down Memory Lane” Pot Luck Supper will be held on Sunday, October 20, starting at 5 p.m., in the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Westhampton Beach. The program is billed as “A Great American Sing-A-Long—Songs From The Good Ole Days,” and led by Jim Hume on his guitar.
For more information, including ticket prices, call either Nancy Winters at (631) 288-2853, or Ridgie Barnett at (631) 288-3628.