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  • This is the local adaptation of Eric Ripert’s fish burger recipe, as served at the Bridgehampton School on Friday, made not only with fish landed locally, but with mostly locally grown and produced ingredients.
  • If you have ever been to Il Monastero (R.I.P.) in East Hampton, or Il Capuccino in Sag Harbor, or had a sandwich from Espresso or pasta from Cappelletti on Noyac Road, you have had food made by the Tagliasacchi family. If you haven’t, then you live under a rock and you are missing the best garlic knots, focaccia sandwiches, and their delicious, mysterious dressing “like Caesar without the anchovies,” which could keep a swarm of vampires at bay for centuries. If I were to try to explain the restaurant/Italian deli empire and experience and background of this family, it would take up this entire review. In a nutshell, Luigi Tagliasacchi and his wife, Robin, now own and operate Cappelletti, serving all these iconic gems and more.
  • I have been curious about gluten-free pastas for quite a while, so I conducted a completely scientific taste test in my meticulously organized, pristine kitchen lab. Hah!
  • Oodles of (Gluten-Free) Noodles
  • Beauty is life’s E-ZPass. Wish I could take credit for that witty bon mot, but I believe it was a New Yorker cartoon. I think we would all agree that if you are an exceptionally attractive young girl and you hang out in the right places, like fancy hotels and bars, chances are an older, wealthy gent will whisk you off your feet and possibly marry you. Such was the case with sweet, young Katie Lee from West Virginia when she met Billy Joel, 33 years her senior, at the Peninsula Hotel. At the age of 21 she moved in with him, and they were married for five years.
  • Beautiful People With Tomatoes
  • Cleansing Ginger Chicken Soup

    This recipe is one of the most delicious, spicy broths I have ever tried. It is from the January 2012 issue of Bon Appetit.

    Serves eight.


    1 onion, sliced

    2 celery stalks, chopped

    8 oz. unpeeled, scrubbed ginger, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices

    2 garlic cloves, crushed

    10 whole peppercorns

  • If you do fail momentarily at your diet, don’t be discouraged and give up; forgive yourself and just start over the next day. This really works.
  • Once upon a time in medieval England, a Christmas dinner “pie” was created consisting of two bushels of flour, 20 pounds of butter, four geese, two rabbits, four wild ducks, two woodcocks, six snipes, four partridges, two neats’ tongues, two curlews, six pigeons, and seven blackbirds. Now I’m sure you’re wondering, first of all, what is a snipe, a neat’s tongue, and a curlew? They are shorebird, beef tongue, and shorebird again. I imagine that those two breeds of shorebird, existing on a diet of fish, added a dash of mystery and umami to that monstrous pie. And what the heck did they do with the leftovers?!

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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.