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  •    I have a huge cookbook collection. I am constantly editing, but the collection grows. People give me books, I buy more. I am first in line at the cookbook booth at the Ladies Village Improvement ­Society Fair. I have even bought back books I donated to the L.V.I.S. That’s mental.

  • Highway Diner and Bar
    290 Montauk Highway
    East Hampton
    Sunday through Thursday,
    10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday,
    10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • Zokkon
    47 Montauk Highway
    East Hampton
    Sunday through Thursday, 5-10 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday, 5-11 p.m.

  • Sweet and Spicy Salmon
        You can toss together just about any combination of sweet chili sauce, garlic, and ginger and throw it on some salmon before grilling, baking, or broiling and it will be good. Serve with brown rice and a salad topped with nuts and dried cranberries.
        Serves four.
    11/2 lbs. salmon, cut into 4 servings
    1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
    1 Tbsp. hot chili sauce, any kind will do
    2 Tbsp. olive oil
    2 Tbsp. chopped garlic
    2 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger

  •     When it was recently suggested that I do a story on foods that help us get through the winter doldrums, I immediately wiped my greasy fingers on my paper towel napkin, adjusted the waistband on my sweatpants, set aside the 1/10 that remained of the artichoke dip I had decided was my dinner, and wondered, “Why did I just eat that? What compelled me to make a rich, gooey, fat-laden dip for a meal?”

  • Asian-Style Mango Coleslaw With Sesame and Lime
        These first two recipes are from the cookbook of a restaurant in Phnom Penh called Friends. It was begun as a way to help homeless children learn a trade and is still operated by teenagers.
        Serves four.
    2 mangoes, not too ripe, peeled and shredded
    1/2 medium-size Chinese cabbage, shredded
    1 red pepper, thinly sliced
    1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced
    1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

  •    The trip had been planned for almost a year. My friend Tommy organized the entire shebang; I was just a grateful-to-be-invited tagalong. The countries on our itinerary are places I have longed to see for much of my life: Thailand, Myanmar (formerly Burma), and Cambodia. When you are already enamored of a people and their cuisine, it is inevitable that you will fall more deeply in love when you are immersed in their culture.

  • Brown Rice Grape Leaf Salad
        All of the following recipes are from “Salad for Dinner” by Jeanne Kelley. This first recipe is similar to stuffed grape leaves, dolma. A lot of grocery stores now carry grape leaves in brine, if you can’t find them, try using a tablespoon of capers to mimic the pickley flavor of grape leaves.
        Serves four.
    1 cup brown rice, cooked in 21/4 cups water
    3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
    2 Tbsp. lemon juice, divided
    1/2 cup currants or raisins

  •    Are you going to make a New Year’s resolution this year? If so, you are among the 50 percent of Americans who will do so. Of that 50 percent, I’m sorry to tell you, another 50 percent will fail within six months. However, those who make explicit resolutions are the most likely to succeed.

  • Layered Mexican Dip
        I associate this recipe with summertime, but when my friend Anita brought it to a Thanksgiving leftovers bash, the guests descended upon it like locusts. You can make it as rich and creamy or virtuous as you like. I make this in a glass Pyrex pie dish, it’s not ugly because you are going to wrap it in a pretty napkin and then place it in a shallow basket!

    1 can refried beans (I use the vegetarian kind)
    2-3 very ripe avocadoes
    2 cloves garlic, minced

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  • The following is excerpted from Laura Donnelly's restaurant review in this week's Star. More ideas for meals on the go can be found in the Star's Restaurant Guide:

    It's Columbus Day weekend AND the Hamptons International Film Festival is on the East End so I know all of you ladies and gentlemen and black-clad cinephiles want to know where to eat. With movies being shown in 6 locations from Southampton to Montauk your dining options are plentiful.