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Good morning and happy Monday! It’s cold outside! But what a contrast to this weekend, huh? I was in shorts in the garden all weekend. Spring cleaning, planting and — for the first time! — harvesting my asparagus!

You non-gardeners out there might not know, but asparagus takes four years to become established. So you plant one-year crowns and then you wait. For three years! This weekend was the first time we ate asparagus from our own yard!

Gorgeous isn’t it? I’m so happy. There’s nothing like the taste when it’s fresh from the garden. We ate a couple of the really thin stalks raw. Wow.

I sauteed the sparrow grass in butter and served it alongside a cedar-plank salmon marinated in cilantro, lime, garlic and evoo and s&p.

Delicious.

The other side dish is an Israeli couscous and beet salad that I got at Table Local Market’s grand opening on Saturday. It was pretty mobbed, I have to say. But, inspired by the free burgers they were grilling and giving away, on Saturday night, we had a good, old fashioned summer supper: burgers and dogs.

Fan freakin’ tastic. These are Berkshire hog dogs and the ground beef is local from New York. The arugula and spinach salad came from Satur Farms on Long Island (delicious) and the other salads — the cous cous and the potato salad — were both made at Table Local Market. I grilled the dogs and burgers on the Weber. We poured the first rose of the season, the 2008 Wolffer, which I got at the Westchester Wine Warehouse. Great!

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

Coco Rumba was closed; now it’s open! Hounds say whatever. (CH)
People are loving The Cookery in Dobbs. (CH)
A beautiful photo of fiddlehead ferns on the homepage of the Valley Table. (VT)
The hounds on Molly Spillane’s in Mamaroneck. (CH)
Sweetgrass Grill in T’town is open. (CH)
Martha’s espaliered apple trees. (MB)
Doug has a banana-nutella crepe at Auray Gourmet in Larchmont and the gelato at Via Vanti in Mount Kisco. (HT)

Edit: forgot to add the NYT food coverage from the weekend. BTW, did you hear that the Times will no longer be printing a freestanding Westchester section? Jersey, Connecticut and the City sections are also gone. The memo, which I found on the Observer’s web site, says they will consolidate.

The new section will include zoned pages for Connecticut, New Jersey, Westchester and Long Island. Joe Sexton and Jodi Rudoren have taken on the project of developing a prototype, and we hope to launch the new section on May 24, replacing the City section and regional weeklies. National Edition Metro coverage will be unchanged.

I wonder if they will still run reviews?

Emily visits Kang Suh in Yonkers. (NYT)
And she visits Parisienne, a Japanese bakery in Hartsdale. (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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  1. Sweet Grass Grill opened for dinner, too, on Friday night. We went Saturday and I loved our veggie appetizers and roast chicken. My husband’s bison burger was less impressive. Once they get the kinks worked out I think it will be a great place to eat.

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