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Good afternoon and happy Tuesday! Sorry I’m late with the local roundup, but I’m just getting my groove back on after the past two weeks of craziness! Over the weekend I took it nice and easy. I had a couple of friends over for dinner on Saturday night and made roast chicken, risotto with peas and braised carrots that wintered over in the garden.

Aren’t they gorgeous?

Simple, homey food. Just what I needed after two weeks of restaurants!

(By the way, I Judy-birded the chicken. Remember the dry brining article I ran from the LATimes around Thanskgiving? I’ve been doing it with chicken ever since then and it comes out amazing. Try it. Really.)

One of my dinner guests was Lettie Teague, the Food & Wine columnist. I met her a while back after doing a story on her ex-husband Alan Richman, and then I did a story on her when her book came out. After that we really hit it off and have been friends ever since.

Even though I’ve known her for so long, I was still a bit nervous about pairing wines with my dinner! So I asked Joe Printz at the Grape d’Vine in Tappan to help me out. Not only were his choices a rousing success, one — a Vinedo de los Vientos Alcyone, a fortified wine made with the Tannat grape — was so obscure that Lettie herself had never heard of it, and blogged about it on her new blog, Over a Barrel.

Check out the Liz post here! Yay Joe! Thanks.

Here’s the delishy lemon-chocolate tart she mentions:

Yay Suzanne Goin! Thanks.

And with that, here’s what other people have been blogging and talking about this weekend.

Doug is busy this week. First he posts on Flour & Sun in Pleasantville for Eater. Then he goes out to Whitby Castle in Rye with the Westchester Mag folks. Then he reports on our live show (and wrap party) at 42.
Alice says Via Vanti! in Mount Kisco has “some earnestly good food.” (NYT)
Iron Horse chef Phil McGrath dishes on nettles. (WME)
DePrez Wines holds a spring tasting at Julianna’s. (WE)
Banchetto Feast of Nanuet expands to Bergen County. (SH)
A dinner party at Martha Stewart’s Bedford home. (MB)
The Hounds dis and defend X20. (CH)
More dissent among the pack on John Michael’s. (CH)

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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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