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Good morning. A chilly start to the week. And with standard time now official, it’s getting dark so early, too. For me, that means more cooking. In fact, this weekend was a clean-out-the-freezer-and-fridge sort of extravagaza.

On Friday I used leftover roast chicken and leftover rice from Indian takeout to make enchiladas and rice. For the enchiladas, I made a quick sauce with onion, garlic, chipotles in adobo and chicken broth (also from the freezer) and thickened it with flour. I tossed the leftover chicken with the sauce, let it marinate, then rolled in tortillas. I put the rest of the sauce on top, then sprinkled with monterrey jack cheese.

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The rice I just roasted poblanos and sauteed onions and tossed them with the leftover takeout rice.

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For my next trick, I defrosted a bunch of spare ribs I had from Sir William Farm upstate and made two different recipes. On Saturday, it was spare ribs and sauerkraut —

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— which I made with onions, apple and Warwick Valley hard apple cider. Add some spices like coriander, juniper, caraway seed and you’ve got a delicious winter meal.

On Sunday, I followed this recipe from Saveur to make Chinese Barbecued Spare Ribs. OMG.

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And on Sunday night, I used some leftover lamb from Stone Barns to make a ragu with rigatoni. It was spiced with cinnamon and fit a fall night in front of the fire perfectly.

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And with that, here’s what was going on while I was in the kitchen!

Julia visits Tarry Lodge. No complaints. (Westchester magazine’s Eater)

John Halko of Comfort in Hastings feels the credit crisis as he’s trying to open Comfort Lounge across the street. So he asks customers to chip in. A VIP card gets you 20 percent off your food. (NYT)

Speaking of comfort, that’s what Emily finds at Primavera in Croton Falls. (NYT)

Eau Rouge at the Grand Prix New York go-cart track in Mount Kisco. (NYT)

Blue. A new Asian fusion place in Mount Kisco? (CH) (If anyone knows anything more about this, please do share in the comments below. Thanks!)

Baumgarts — the cafe-deli from New Jersey with international cuisine from Italian to Thai — might be coming to Nyack. (CH)

A fabulous-looking recipes for navy bean-and-kale soup. Great for a cold winter’s night! (Chick in the Kitchen.)

Doug chats with Anthony Colasacco of Pour in Mount Kisco. (Hungry Travels)

Bagels at H&R in New Rochelle and Hand Rolled Bagels in Rye. (Hungry Travels.)

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And I must have missed these stories on Westchester magazine’s web site. Here’s an update on its November food coverage:
<a href=”http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/November-2008/A-Locavores-Thanksgiving/” target=”_blank”>A locavore’s Thanksgiving. </a>
<a href=”http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/November-2008/Dont-Miss-a-Beet/” target=”_blank”>What do the labels mean on turkeys?
Are there health benefits to being vegetarian?
Wine in a box.
On beets. </a>

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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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