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Good morning and happy Monday. Even though there wasn’t a bit of snow on the ground, I treated this weekend like we were having a storm in February. The fireplace got a huge workout.

On Friday, I had a friend over and we ate eggplant parmesan by the fire. I got the eggplant at the Piermont market the Sunday before, and it was now-or-never time for cooking. I sliced and salted. Then eggwash and panko mixed with parm and into a mixture of canola and olive oilL:


Layered with leftover tomato sauce, parm and mozz, and baked for 45 minutes:


Saturday I met friends in the city for dinner and drinks. We started with $19 cocktails at the bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel.


I had a sidecar. It was well made. The setting, though, is what you pay for, and it’s absolutely stunning.

Then we went to Bar Artisanal in TriBeCa for dinner.



We shared three of the pizzas. (Duck with egg and foie gras is here):


I had beef tartare:


And a soft egg with piquillo peppers and crostini.


Delicious. Some of my tablemates food. Mussels:




The (perfect) fries that came with the roast chicken, and, in the background, the cavatelli:




And, this being Terrance Brennan’s restaurant, we had to order cheese:


We had a nightcap at the pub across the street, Nancy Whiskey:


They had a shuffleboard game, which I really wanted to paly, but the line was too long.


I took the last express home. Next day, rain, wind, cold.
So, lunch. Tomato soup and grilled cheese by the fire:


We had already cooked some beans from Rancho Gordo. These are the black calypso, but when we cooked them they turned sort of brown:


We sauteed a new mirepoix in pancetta and sage and added the beans, then added the leftover veal shank from last Sunday’s dinner at The Cookery:


Look how beautiful. It was like a mini cassoulet with veal instead of pork.


So delicious. Thank you Rancho Gordo and thank you Dave DiBari!

And don’t think I let that bone go to waste, either:


Here’s the stock, bubbling away:



And for dessert, we made an apple tart. I love this pie crust recipe (from David Tanis in “A Platter of Figs”) because it’s so easy to remember the ratio: 2-2-1/2. Two cups of flour, two sticks of butter and 1/2 cup of egg-water. (Crack the egg into the measuring cup, stir, then fill with ice water until you get half a cup.)

Just slice the apples and sprinkle with sugar. (I used a little less than 1/4 cup.) When it comes out, brush it with a glaze, either thinned apricot jam or honey, or make an apple one by cooking the cores with simple syrup.



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

MH writes about Jon Pratt’s annual duck dinner.
MH also visits Le Chateau. It’s OK, but some dishes “failed to come through, possibly because of the restaurant’s habit of serving middle-of-the road dishes to large groups with varied tastes.” (NYT)
Suggestions for Saturday night in Sleepy Hollow or Tarrytown. (CH)
The first report on the new Chat in Scarsdale is good. (CH)
Looking for a great Hudson Valley caterer. (CH)
More on Los Abuelos in Ossining. (CH)
Doug goes to The Cookery, and loves it. (HT)
Miki enjoys her meal at Harvest on Hudson. (SSS)
The Oktoberfest buffet at Madeline’s Petit Paris. (SH)
A wine tasting at Julianna’s. (WE)


About Author

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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