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  • Jeff Bezos’s Favorite Zebra Cake
        I have never heard of “Zebra Cake” but correctly assumed it might be a marbled vanilla and chocolate cake. This recipe is from the King Arthur Baking Company.

        Makes one nine-inch round cake.

    1 cup sugar
    4 eggs
    1 cup milk, whole, 2-percent, or 1-percent
    1 cup vegetable oil
    1 tsp. vanilla
    2 cups all purpose flour
    2 tsp. baking powder
    1/4 tsp. salt

  • Old Fashioned Caramel Apples
    5 crisp apples
    1 lb. soft caramels
    2 Tbsp. water
    1/2 cup chopped peanuts, optional
    5 thick wooden skewers or craft sticks

        In a double boiler, melt caramels with water, stirring occasionally. Wash and dry apples and skewer them through the stem end. Dip each apple in melted caramel, roll in crushed peanuts if desired, then place in paper muffin cups or on lined cookie sheet. Chill briefly to set.

  •     I love Halloween. I love being scared, love haunted houses, love costumes, and love candy corn. But nowadays it seems like zombies and vampires are so popular that we are inundated with the undead, bloodsucking creatures all year round. Turn on the TV to watch something blandly amusing and ads for “The Walking Dead” or “American Horror Story” will scare the bejesus out of you. Change the channel and there’s Ted Cruz. Eeeek!

  • 1770 House Tavern
    143 Main Street
    East Hampton
    Dinner nightly

  • Turnip Gratin
        This recipe is from Richard Olney’s “Ten Vineyard Lunches.” He doesn’t really give detailed recipes. I would suggest two to four tablespoons butter for this.
        Serves four.

    2 lbs. small crisp turnips
    Unsalted butter
    About 11/2 cups semi-fresh breadcrumbs
    About 1/4 cup heavy cream

  •     I know very little about food and wine pairing but am an eager student. I appreciate meals moistened with wine chosen by a friend in the know. But I also agree with Richard Olney’s philosophy that “it is a mistake to freeze such a variable and seductive landscape with rigid rules.”

  • Roasted Toast
        This recipe was invented by my genius cooking friend Tommy. I make it over and over, just so I can tell guests the name.
        Serves eight or more.
    1 loaf of Tuscan bread, or sourdough, or other round loaf
    4 oz. softened butter
    1/4 cup olive oil
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    2 Tbsp. Italian herb mixture (oregano, basil, thyme, whatever)
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

  •     I have now had my little camp at Lazy Point for five years. Five years, long enough for the clams in my secret clam bed to mature and become sustenance. Long enough for me to learn what I need and don’t need to make time spent out there worthwhile, restorative, contemplative.

  •     These recipes are from Kevin West’s “Saving the Season.”

    Corn Relish
        Makes six pint jars.
    12 ears corn
    1 large red bell pepper, roasted, skinned, and seeded
    3 jalapenos, roasted and skinned
    1/2 lb. red onions
    2 fat cloves garlic
    2 tsp. cumin seeds
    1 tsp. coriander seeds
    31/2 cups apple cider vinegar, or more if needed
    1 cup water
    1 Tbsp. kosher salt
    3 Tbsp. sugar

  •    W­hy pickle, can, and preserve? The best reason is because of where we live. The bounty of fruits and vegetables available to us makes the effort worthwhile. It is also satisfying and economical. And the little jars of what you have made make swell gifts.

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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.