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  • Savory Bread Pudding
        This recipe is from “What’s a Hostess To Do?” This is good for a big brunch crowd and can be assembled the night before, brought to room temperature and baked the morning of.
            Serves 10 to 12.
    3 Tbsp. butter, divided
    1 bunch leeks, white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise, cut into 1/4-inch moons, rinsed and patted dry
    5 cups packed baby spinach
    8 large eggs
    4 cups milk

  •     There are three new cookery-life­style-entertaining books out with South Fork connections and they couldn’t be more different from one another. One is a new paperback printing of Ellen Wright’s “Hamptons Weekends,” originally published in 2000.

  • The Cuddy
    29 Main Street
    Sag Harbor
    Lunch and dinner daily
    Brunch on weekends

  • Braised Asparagus
        Let’s start with a simple French recipe that really lets the asparagus shine. I don’t use a lot of butter, but this kind of dish calls for a good one, and in a fairly generous quantity. This recipe is from Patricia Wells’s “At Home in Provence” cookbook.
        Serves four to six.
    3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
    2 lbs. medium sized green asparagus, tough ends trimmed
    Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  •     Spring is here and with it comes one of the best vegetables, asparagus. Available at farmers markets, local asparagus can be found in chopstick-thin stalks, Sharpie-pen fatties, and even some violet-tinged varieties. You can steam, boil, stir-fry, roast, grill, microwave, and pickle asparagus. Serve it hot, at room temperature, or cold. Puree it into soups. Save some tips for risottos. You can even shave it raw into salads.

  • Miraval Peanut Butter
        Here is Miraval’s genius recipe.
        Makes two cups, with three grams of fat per one-tablespoon serving size.

    2 cups peeled, 1/4-inch thick sliced carrots
    1 cup organic smooth or chunky peanut butter

        Bring small pot of water to boil. Add carrots and simmer for 20 minutes or until tender. (I would steam them to preserve vitamins.) Drain and cool.

  •    I was recently fortunate enough to spend some time at a health-concscious resort called Miraval. Miraval’s motto is “Life in Balance.” It is set on 400 acres next to the Santa Catalina Mountains outside of Tucson, Ariz. And it serves booze!

  • Nick and Toni’s
    136 North Main Street
    East Hampton
    Friday and Saturday, 6-10:30 p.m.
    Sunday, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
    Monday and Thursday, 6-10 p.m.

  • Crudo of Local Fluke
        This recipe, from “The Hamptons and Long Island Homegrown Cookbook,” is one of Fresno’s specialties.
        Serves four.
    1/2 to 1 lb. sushi-grade fluke filet, skin off
    1/2 seedless hothouse cucumber
    2 large radishes (red, French breakfast, or Easter Egg)
    1 large jalapeno, seeded, ribs removed and finely diced
    4 Tbsp. ginger oil (recipe to follow)
    2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
    Hawaiian pink sea salt, to taste

  • This is a review of three cookbooks, three cookbooks that could not be more different from each other. One is a wonderful tribute to local restaurants, their chefs, and the farmers and fishermen who inspire and provide for them. One is a charming and original book about cooking with flowers. And one is possibly the stupidest publication ever, call it quackery in a crockpot.

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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.