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  •     Chicken is a delicious, economical meat accessible to all. Chickens are filthy, germ-ridden animals we shouldn’t touch. Which do you believe? Both are true. Sadly, chicken “production” in this country has been steered in the same direction as hothouse tomatoes; the desire for more profit and efficiency has produced utterly tasteless, Vegas showgirl-breasted foulish fowl. However, we are very lucky out here having such fine establishments as Iacono Farm in East Hampton and Browder’s Birds in Mattituck, to name just two poultry farms.

  • Noah’s
    136 Front Street
    Greenport
    477-6720
    Dinner, Thursday through Monday
    Lunch, Friday through Sunday
    Brunch, Saturday and Sunday

  •     Parents, if you send your boys and girls off to college without having educated them on nutrition or taught them some rudimentary cooking skills, I can assure you, they will flounder. They will very likely live on ramen noodles and pizza (boys) and/or yogurt and cottage cheese (girls).

  • Sauteed Mushrooms in Phyllo Cups
        I just made this recipe up. It is delicious. Measurements are a guess.

        Serves six as an appetizer.

    1 lb. mixed mushrooms, stemmed and chopped (I used 3/4 button, 1/4 shiitake)
    2 Tbsp. olive oil
    1 shallot, minced
    1/2 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
    4 Tbsp. heavy cream or Greek yogurt
    3 Tbsp. dry vermouth
    Salt and pepper to taste
    12 mini phyllo dough cups, prebaked halfway

  •     Rachel Maddow, the MSNBC host, is quite a mixologist. She occasionally pops up on “The Late Show With Jimmy Fallon” to demonstrate various cocktails. On a recent episode she demonstrated a classic martini. While shaking and stirring and measuring she informed Mr. Fallon that vermouth is a wine, therefore expires after two weeks. She encouraged the audience to toss out that old bottle of your granny’s that’s been collecting dust in the liquor cabinet and buy a fresh one. I obeyed. I sampled a fresh bottle. What a difference!

  • Bay Burger
    1742 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Sag Harbor
    899-3915
    Wednesday through Monday,
    11 a.m.-9 p.m.

  •        Conca D’Oro is the kind of pizza joint-restaurant that every town should be so lucky to have. It is fast, reasonable, and good. In a way, it is two establishments. Come into the front for a quick slice, takeout, or to enjoy your pie in a booth. Go to the back for sit-down service, a variety of specials, and pasta dishes big enough for Fred Flintstone to bring home in a doggy bag for Dino.

  •     Of all the joys and wonders and gifts of the Yuletide season, the Christmas stocking has to be one of the best. In our family, the Christmas stocking may have been the most exciting, most anticipated ritual of the whole, entire shebang. Probably because the stockings would be laid outside our bedroom doors, free to be ripped to shreds with glee immediately upon awakening Christmas morning.

  • Chocolate Espresso Chews
        This recipe, from the Firehook Bakery in Alexandria, Va., is the best cookie recipe, and I know I have published it before, but it is worth repeating. They are too delicate for long distance travel.

        Makes about 50 small cookies.

    1/2 stick (4 Tbsp.) butter
    1 lb. good quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped up
    13/4 cups sugar
    4 eggs
    1 Tbsp. vanilla
    1/2 cup flour
    1 tsp. baking soda
    1/4 tsp. salt

  •     What is your favorite kind of cookie? Chocolate chip? Me, too! Oatmeal raisin, gingersnap, peanut butter, shortbread? All of those, too. Are you a crisp and delicate cookie aficionado, or a jumbo half-baked shopping mall cookie fan? Super sweet, short and crumbly, filled with jam or just plain Jane, there is a cookie for everyone.

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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.