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  • Let us begin “Paris Part Deux” with one of the more magnificent and elaborate meals I had the pleasure of indulging in. Chez l’Ami Jean is a restaurant that Tommy and Mike had been sending guests to for years, but had yet to try themselves. Everyone would come back raving about this tiny, bustling, and rustic spot.

  • Tomato, Zucchini, Potato Gratin

        There are so many variations of this recipe, some with garlic, some with cheese, some with eggplant. It is called tian or gratin. Simple and easy to prepare, you can make it with mediocre, wintertime tomatoes and it won’t matter a bit. Here is my version.

        Serves four to six.
    2 medium onions, thinly sliced
    4 small zucchini, sliced 1/2 inch thick
    4 medium tomatoes, sliced 1/2 inch thick

  • If you enjoy good pub grub in a friendly setting, you will like Spring Close restaurant. The portions are big, the pours even bigger.
  • Pigeon Pastilla
        Although you can find squab (pigeon) in some markets, you could also substitute chicken thighs. For this recipe, I would recommend substituting six to eight chicken thighs for the three squabs.
        Serves six.
    Ingredients:
    3 squabs
    4 Tbsp. butter
    1 onion, chopped
    1 cinnamon stick
    1/2 tsp. ground ginger
    2 Tbsp. cilantro
    3 Tbsp. parsley
    Pinch turmeric
    1 Tbsp. sugar
    1/4 tsp. cinnamon

  •     Green mustard, pink-flecked cakes, squid-inky-black quenelles, and oysters and crabs and scallops overflowing from sidewalk vendors. These are just a few of the sights and tastes that thrill a gourmand’s heart.

  •     A fun destination this time of year is Hank’s Pumpkin Town in Watermill. There are corn mazes, face painting, stuff to climb on, and . . . pumpkins! Most people probably see this as a fun fall activity with children. Me? When I drive by those acres of low-to-the-ground greenery with bright orange orbs by the thousands peeking out, I think food! I see Tunisian sweets, French soups, African stews, and American cheesecakes.

  • Smoky Pumpkin Soup
        This recipe is adapted from the “Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook.”
        Serves six.

    6 slices bacon, diced, cooked crisp, fat reserved
    4 Tbsp. butter
    6 cups peeled, cut up pumpkin (1-inch pieces)
    6 cups beef stock
    1/2 cup Marsala
    1 tsp. dried thyme
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Toasted pumpkin seeds to garnish (recipe below)

  • Barbara’s Apples and Asian Pears With Radiccho, Mint,
    and Buttermilk Dressing

        This recipe is perfect as a starter or to accompany a roast chicken, duck, or pork.  It is adapted from Suzanne Goin’s “Sunday Suppers at Lucques.” If you are uncomfortable using raw egg yolks, you can substitute a quarter- cup of mayonnaise for the first step of the recipe.
        Serves 6.

    1 extra-large egg yolk
    1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. grapeseed oil

  •     In the 1830s, when the temperance movement was flourishing in America, fanatic teetotalers took up axes and flailed away at whole orchards of apple trees. With no thought for the delights of warm apple pie or syrupy baked apples or roast pork with applesauce, they were bent on eliminating the evil of hard cider.

  •     Each village out here has its reliable, diner-like breakfast and lunch joints. Southampton has Sip ’n’ Soda, Bridgehampton has the Candy Kitchen, and Montauk has John’s Pancake House. But none of them comes close to the friendly and bustling Fairway restaurant at the Poxabogue Golf Center in Sagaponack. An institution for over 20 years, it was recently, temporarily (and almost permanently) lost. I’ll spare you the details of the saga, but it involved money and mildew.

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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: easthamptonstar.com/restaurants.

    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.