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Good morning and happy Monday. It’s been a cool August so far, hasn’t it? Saturday night was the perfect summer evening. My sister was in town visiting from Texas with my 17-month-old niece so I feted them with a little party. We hickory-smoked some chicken and grilled some sausage from Hudson Valley Smokehouse. (The bratwurst is delicious!)

I also made the a watermelon-tomato salad with feta and jalapeno, a caprese salad and an orzo salad with peppers, zucchini and shallots. All local, of course!

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(Except for the salt and vinegar potato chips, which were a big hit.)

With that, here’s what people have been talking about this weekend:

MH likes to sit at the bar and order the beet-goat cheese salad at Cafe of Love in Mount Kisco. (NY Times.)

Sunset Grill in White Plains has closed. Rumors abound. (Chowhound.)

Fabulous Food Babe thinks Ocean House in Croton is worth it. (FFB.)

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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