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Good morning and welcome to the new year! I spent the weekend with some friends who love to cook as much as I do, and we tackled cassoulet.

I’ve been preparing for months, as Small Bites readers might already know. I made duck confit in November, and I made toulouse sausage earlier this week. (And those are homemade dinner rolls in the oven behind!) We also had a ton of other great food:

I’ll blog about the whole experience once I get settled in to my schedule this week. I’ve been off for several days this holiday season and I’m a little off my game!

For now, here’s what people have been talking about over the weekend:

The New York Times hands out its fourth “excellent” rating in a row: this time to Buffet de la Gare in Hastings-on-Hudson. (NYT)
MH writes about nabeyaki udon. (NYT)
New Turkish place in White Plains. (CH)
Casa Villa in Stamford and a list of other great Mexican places in Port Chester, New Ro and White Plains. (CH)
Best pasta dish in Fairfield? (CH)

And a couple I missed last week:
New coal-fired pizza in Old Tappan, N.J. (Second Helpings)
New ice cream store in Croton? (WE)
Ruben’s Mexican Cafe in Peekskill could use some help. (WE)

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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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