I created this book for the beach house families, their guests, the weekly renters, and the day trippers. It's for everyone that comes to this special place I call home. In this book, I combine recipes for delicious casual dining with iconic gatherings on Long Beach island. Whether it's grilling filets for our annual Fourth of July crowd, or whipping up little neck clams as a quick appetizer, keeping it simple and casual is what it's all about. Inside, you'll will find my go-to recipes using fresh, local ingredients from local farm markets and merchants. You'll experience LBI living at its best, from bayside concerts, boating and bike-riding, to enjoying a picture- perfect sunset. My menus are simple and flexible now, and my parties mostly spur-of-the- moment. Every dish honors the delicious flavors of summer- where the atmosphere is casual and family, friends and children are always welcome. This is how we celebrate life on LBI. This is how we gather well.