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Good morning and happy Monday. I cooked out of Paula Wolfert’s The Cooking of Southwest France this weekend. Friday, I made her Toulouse sausage recipe and froze it for my upcoming cassoulet. (Hence, the duck confit last weekend!) On Saturday, I made a dinner with her pan-seared Moulard breasts with a Port wine reduction, celeriac-apple puree and my own Brussels sprouts with chestnuts and bacon (my own recipe that is; we didn’t grow them this year, though I have in the past!)

We started with one of my favorite cocktails — an applejack sidecar (I like to call it a Carjack):

And finished with a dessert sampler from Chiboust:

Delicious fall meal. Too bad it was so warm we couldn’t light a fire! Not today though. Today is sweater weather.

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

OMG! Miki goes to Tarry Lodge. (SSS)
Doug tries the samosas at Bhavik grocery in Elmsford. (HT)
The Gray Lady goes local: How to have a locavore Thanksgiving. (NYT)
The tasting menu at Crabtree’s Kittle House. (CH)
Big price increase at Bailey’s in Blauvelt? (CH)

This is NYC, but it’s too good to pass up:
A 12-year-old food critic takes himself out to dinner and writes a review. (NYT)

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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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