Get lost in the dog days of summer with Beach Bites and The Kitchen star Katie Lee.
What was the most fun about writing the Endless Summer Cookbook? I’m constantly inspired by the farmers of our area. This is one of the few places where you can truly eat farm-to-table. It’s a phrase that has become so overused, but here we have the most incredible produce, seafood, chicken farms, dairy farms, vineyards, even sea salt farmers. When I was writing my cookbook, I would just go to the market and load up, then come home and play with all the goodies.
What attracted you to food and then cooking? I grew up in a family that was constantly cooking and talking about food. We love to eat, and I got lucky enough to somehow make a career out of my passion.
Who in your life inspired you and made the biggest impact on you? My grandma is such a strong woman. Not only did she teach me how to cook; she also taught me to take chances and always challenge myself. She went to college when she was in her late 50s because she had always wanted a degree. That takes courage, and I really admire her for that.
Where do you love to shop for ingredients? I am at Green Thumb (829 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, 726-1900) almost every single day. I really like the fresh sausages at Peconic Prime Meats (235 N. Sea Road, Southampton, 488-4697), and I buy bread from Carissa’s Breads constantly. The honey wheat bread is the stuff dreams are made of.
Do you have a favorite go-to spot out East? My go-to is BuddhaBerry (125 Main St., Sag Harbor, 808-3888). I seriously think I might have an addiction. I’m so happy when they have peanut butter fro-yo. I cover it in hot fudge, more peanut butter, and crushed Reese’s. I can’t get enough.