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  •     It’s party season! Chances are, you are going to a bunch and may be having one or two or your own. But this is the time of year when we are already spending a good bit of money on gifts and travel so throwing a holiday party could put some additional strain on your wallet. This is also the time when we are faced with rich eggnog, frosted holiday cookies, massive cheese platters, and adult beverages at all times of the day, putting a strain on your waistline, too.

  • Old Stove Pub
    3516 Montauk Highway
    Seven days, from 5 p.m.

       There are some very appealing aspects to the latest reincarnation of the Old Stove Pub in Sagaponack. The ramshackle, long-in-the-tooth building has been cleaned up, but not to the point of newness. The charm of the old farmhouse with wraparound indoor porches remains. The atmosphere is cozy. There are also some delicious, classic Greek dishes being served here.

  • Brussels Sprouts Braised With Apple and Bacon
        This recipe is from my dear friend, the prolific cookbook author and East Hampton resident Jim Villas. It comes from his “The Bacon Cookbook.” Bacon will make anything taste better, even Brussels sprouts!
        Serves four to six.

    1 qt. fresh Brussels sprouts
    2 slices lean hickory-smoked bacon, cut into small pieces (or use pancetta bacon)
    1 Tbsp. butter
    1 cooking apple, cored and cut into chunks

  •     I have great memories of family Thanksgivings. Of course, in the good old days, the women did all the cooking while the menfolk watched football. Afterward, as we all digested and got a bit slowed down by the big meal, the gents would return to the den to watch yet more football and the women would gingerly wash all the silver and special plates and glasses that only came out for this one day a year.

  • Boa Thai
    129 Noyac Road
    North Sea
    Dinner nightly, closed Tuesdays

  • Thai Pumpkin Soup
        I found this recipe on one of the gazillion Web sites featuring pumpkin.
        Serves four.
    1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
    1 Tbsp. butter
    1 clove garlic, chopped
    4 shallots, chopped
    2 small fresh red chili peppers, chopped (I recommend deseeding)
    1 Tbsp. chopped lemongrass (or substitute grated lemon zest)
    21/4 cups chicken broth
    4 cups peeled and diced pumpkin
    11/2 cups coconut milk
    3/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

  •     I have always loved Halloween. I love candy, I love being scared, and I love to wear costumes. Growing up in a small community in California, when our family went trick or treating, my brothers and I, all hopped up on sugar, would walk or run door to door and our parents would trail behind in the family station wagon. We knew all of our neighbors, and would end up at the Kuntsles’ house, our Swiss friends who would have an awesome Halloween party with popcorn balls and plenty of games like bobbing for apples.

  • Beverly’s Chicken Chili
        Let’s begin with this chili, which can certainly be included as a casserole . . . if you have any left over!
        I’m guessing this serves six to eight.
    Olive oil
    1 onion, chopped
    1 fennel bulb, chopped
    Fresh red chili pepper, seeded and minced
    1 lb. Italian sausage
    1 lb. boneless chicken, cubed
    2 cups chicken broth
    1 cup crushed tomatoes
    1/4 cup tomato paste
    1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
    1 Tbsp. cumin

  •     It’s that time of year . . . kind of. One day it’s 70 degrees, next day it’s 42. This puts me in the mood for casseroles. Hearty or light, rich or delicate, it’s a good time to utilize the end-of-season corn and tomatoes and incorporate them into whatever kind of casserole, stew, or chili you like.
        It could be a rich, cheesy penne dish like one from the famous Al Forno restaurant in Providence, R.I., or the light and spicy chicken chili recipe that I wrestled from my good friend Beverly Kazickas.

  •    The very much anticipated Topping Rose House is finally open. The meticulously renovated and restored former Bull’s Head Inn is not completely finished but the restaurant is up and running, smoothly and beautifully.

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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.