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If I can conjure up a list of things that make me SMILE, hence making me swoon, food would reign high on my list but Mediterranean flavors would rank higher, and Chef Melia Marden’s creations from The Smile pretty much sums up perfection for my palette!
The Smile and I have an interesting history. In it’s early conception my husband and I toyed with the notion of investing in the business. When we stumbled upon our Amagansett home we were faced with a choice: The Home or The Smile. Though we did not invest; what we did take away from observing the space in it’s infancy is snooping the reclaimed wood that lines the ceiling at The Smile. That exact same lot of wood now clads the majority of my kitchen & home in Amagansett.
I mention this because I somehow feel inherently connected to The Smile, not only because I was inspired by the design but also because Melia’s food speaks to me LOUDLY & well… makes me smile! I see similarities in the way we cook; always with strong notes of Mediterranean flavors – olive oil, herbs, lemon – and quite obviously with a nod to Greece where Melia spent time growing up and was clearly inspired by. Guess what – me too!
With Thanksgiving in mind, I felt paying homage to The Smile and cooking with Melia would be an absolute honor. It certainly filled me with gratitude – creating with, learning from and being inspired by a woman like Melia is what this Eye-Swoon creative journey is all about for me.
Cooking in the vibrant and busy kitchen had me feeling crazy amounts of gratuitous joy as we roasted root veggies with sweets apples, shallots, and fresh herbs. A swoon-worthy Thanksgiving side dish that can most certainly be ordered from The Smile To-Go’s insane Thanksgiving catering menu that they are offering this year. Order from Smile To Go or create the dish at home this Turkey day… guaranteed to be a mélange of deliciousness in your mouth – the apples melt into soft sweets puffs, highlighting all the savory and herby root vegetables. Oh yessie….SMILE indeed!
Photography by Winnie Au