This year, we give thanks for all that is local. In these recipes, almost everything came from Long Island farms. (Flour for the gravy and grace notes of lemon and orange came from the supermarket.)
Our provisions hailed from both Suffolk and Nassau: Will Miloski Poultry Farm in Calverton (fresh turkey), Rottkamp Bros. Farm in Old Brookville (celery, broccoli and onions), Friendly Farm in East Meadow (sweet potatoes, cauliflower and carrots), Ty Llwyd (pronounced tee clewed) in Northville (squash and leeks), Sang Lee Farms in Peconic (bok choy and shallots), Richters Orchard in East Northport (apples for pie and the pears that went into the cranberry sauce) and vanilla ice cream from Snowflake in Riverhead.
Even the centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table can be a handsome still life of local vegetables.
In the early part of the last century, cranberry bogs were a thriving commercial business in Manorville, and even today, wild berries can be gathered by those who know where to find them there or in Napeague. We confess that we were too busy cooking to leave time for foraging, so we relied on supermarket berries.
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This Thanksgiving meal was developed and prepared by Newsday's Erica Marcus and columnist Sylvia Carter. It was photographed by Rebecca Cooney at Paumanok Vineyards in Aquebogue.