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Good morning and happy Monday. It’s been so nice lately I hate to think that today is going to be hot and sticky. Well, it is August, even if we’ve been fooled the last couple weeks.

Today begins the Eat Local Challenge week on Small Bites. As recommended by Stone Barns Center — one of the partners in the Locally Grown recipe contest — I’m trying to eat everything local at every meal. There are a couple of things I’m giving myself, though: Coffee, spices I already have, lemons and olive oil. In fact, I’m sipping coffee with sugar right now.

Last night, I had my first supper of the challenge.

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Dines farm chicken. I don’t know what to make of the recent accusations in the NY Times, but I’ve been to the farm and I know they do raise chickens there. I made it with a recipe from Gourmet magazine in 2006: Grilled Indian-Spiced Buttered Chicken, except I didn’t do the butter part. I used yogurt from Old Chatham Sheepherding Co. and spices from the cupboard. Garlic and onion were from the farmers market. Corn was from the market. Grilled with cumin butter. The cucumber salad is an old recipe from my husband’s mom. (I’ll share it later.) and the squash blossoms from my garden were stuffed with Old Chatham Sheepherding camembert and basil.

We drank a rosé from Channing Daughters on Long Island, which I bought at Grape Expectations in Tarrytown.

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What did you eat local last night?

With that, here’s what people have been talking about over the weekend.

Julia likes most of what she eats at The Barn at Bedford Post, aka “The Richard Gere restaurant.” (Westchester magazine)
Best biscotti at Chappaqua Village Market? So says Diane Forley. (Westchester magazine)
Doug weighs in with another rave for Velo in Nyack. (Hungry Travels.)
Results from the NY Wine & Food Classic. (Wine Goddess)
No review this week. Instead, Alice visits Muscoot Farm. (NY Times.)

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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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