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Smoked food is everywhere this season, and North Fork chefs told us how to do it at home

A selection of smoked meats from 8 Hands Farm and smoked fish from Hook & Net. (Photo Credit: David Benthal: Food Styling: Alice Falcone)

I feel in control in my kitchen, but the grill has always intimidated me a little. High heat? Low heat? How do I know when something is done? Turns out, all I needed to learn was how to turn my grill into a smoker. It’s easy, hard to mess up and there’s plenty of control. Once you get it down, you can smoke just about anything you can eat. And chefs on the North Fork do. I got their tips and tricks for embracing an old-fashioned cooking technique that is trending in a big way in 2021.

Set up your smoker

At 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue, Erik Morgan smokes the farm’s own pork shoulder, spare ribs, chicken legs, hot dogs, kielbasa, bacon and charcuterie twice a week in a propane-fueled behemoth made by Myron Mixon. “The propane setup fires flames, below a large pan of water,” he said. “That helps whatever you’re smoking stay moist.” The giant black box smoker uses a mix of technology and old school, as Morgan put it. A high-tech panel

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Charleston chefs share comfort food recipes from Lebanon, Philippines, Pakistan, Vietnam | Food

In the United States, comfort food might be mac and cheese or mom’s pot roast. But nearly everyone has a food that evokes nostalgia. That includes cultures that don’t call it comfort food; they just call it food made with love. We asked Charleston chefs who grew up in different cultures what comfort food is for them.






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Dolly Awkar, of Leyla, makes baked kafta Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021 in Charleston. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff




Dolly Awkar, Lebanese

“We don’t have comfort food because cooking is part of the family life and our tradition, and it is a daily comfort,” said Dolly Awkar, general manager and owner of Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine in downtown Charleston.

Awkar says she grew up with a housekeeper who cooked for the family, which included Awkar, her parents, two brothers and a sister. Although there was no notion of comfort food in Lebanon, she said this recipe was something that everyone liked and that it reminds her of her childhood.

“What makes this comfort food? It is hearty and filling, and without feeling overstuffed once you finish eating it,” she said. “You enjoy it, the taste is wonderful with so many spices, and

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