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  •     My son’s friend Omar came to visit the other day and presented me with a plastic cup of green stuff. “I got this smoothie at _____. It cost $20!” The green stuff was starting to turn grayish and separate in the cup. I politely took a sip and wished the nice young man had saved his $20. It tasted awful.
    Juices and smoothies have become so popular, it seems that as soon as people exit their spinning or yoga classes they have purple or green beverages attached to their hands, expensive purple or green beverages! Are they worth it?

  • Open-Faced Sandwich of Spinach,
    Caramelized Onions, and Roasted Peppers

        This recipe is from Deborah Madison’s book “Vegetable Literacy.” It would make a simple and delicious lunch. I suspect that using the best ingredients will really enhance this open-faced sandwich, so get a good ciabatta or whole grain levain and high quality ricotta salata.

    11/3 cup caramelized onions (2 lbs. onions sauteed in 3 Tbsp. butter, salt and pepper to taste)
    1 lb. clean spinach, stems removed

  •     Spring vegetables are on their way, and if you have your own garden perhaps you have already gotten a few sprightly leaves of spinach and lettuce. Of all the seasons, I think spring’s vegetables go the best together. Or perhaps we’re just so grateful they are here?

  •     Over the last two months I have spent several Sunday afternoons with some of the most relevant and important people in our community — farmers and fishermen, brewers and winemakers, restaurateurs and shellfish growers. The reason was a series of panel discussions presented by the Peconic Land Trust and sponsored by Edible East End. The theme for the four panels was “Long Island Grown: Food and Beverage Artisans at Work.” This was the fifth year that Peconic Land Trust has presented these talks, titled “Conversations With . . .

  • Leftover Brisket Tostadas
        This recipe is more of a guideline. How much of the ingredients you use is up to you. I prefer more pico de gallo to meat.

    1 lb. leftover brisket, shredded and warmed
    1 package small corn tortillas
    1 can refried beans
    1 small can taco sauce or red chile sauce
    2 cups shredded cheese, Monterey Jack and cheddar mixed is good
    Crisp lettuce, shredded
    1 avocado
    Sour cream
    Vegetable oil
    Pico de gallo (see recipe below)

  •     The witty writer Dorothy Parker once aptly described eternity as “two people and a ham.”

  •     I recently had the great, good fortune to spend an evening dining at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., followed by a farm tour the next morning. And I shall say right now that this was the most spectacular, staggeringly creative, delicious meal I have ever had in my life.

  •     I gained four pounds in four days in Charleston. You could gain just as much from reading these recipes.

    Cheese Straws
        This recipe is from the February-March issue of Garden and Gun.
        No yield amount given, dadgummit.
    8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese, room temperature
    1/4 cup softened butter
    1 cup flour
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

        Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  •     The irony of watching “12 Years a Slave” the night before embarking on a little tour of Charleston, S.C., was not lost on me. Nor was the fact that William Tecumseh Sherman is one of my great, great, great uncles, a fact that I may or may not have proudly shouted from one of the city’s many church steeples had I imbibed enough bourbon. But this was more of a food and architecture tour of that lovely city.

  • Cafe Brulot
        Cafe Brulot is a fragrant, after-dinner drink from New Orleans. It is often served in restaurants, with a great show of flaming brandy drizzled down a curl of orange peel into your demitasse cup. I’m not giving you that recipe. Keep it simple. This is also delicious served cold.

        Makes eight servings.
    Zest from 1 orange
    12 whole cloves
    1/3 cup brandy
    1/3 cup Cointreau
    3 2-inch strips of lemon peel
    2 Tbsp. sugar

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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.