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Good morning and happy Monday! I’m on my front porch this morning, listening to the birds chirp and looking out at the little seedlings budding in my raised beds: lettuce, radishes, beets. The quince plants have big pink flowers, the strawberries and blueberries have flowers on them, and so do the sour cherry trees, and the onions that I wintered over are starting to get big buds… they’ll blossom soon if I don’t pick them.

This week, we started harvesting our asparagus:




So exciting! Spring is here!

On Friday night, I met my friend at the bar at Mima Vinoteca in Irvington and had a lovely meal. I’ll blog about it later, but here’s a photo of the eggplant polpetti, which owner John Leggio said was his grandfather’s recipe. It was insanely good:


On Saturday afternoon, I stopped by The Outside In Piermont to hit their pottery sale. (OK, this isn’t really food, but being that they’re serving dishes, it’s somewhat food related, right?):


These pieces are from Brookhouse Pottery in Nyack. You guys already know I  love eating locally grown food… now I can serve it in locally made bowls and platters!

I didn’t take photos of either Saturday or Sunday night supper, but I’ll report in anyway.

On Saturday, we grilled pork chops and had them with a Boston lettuce salad with homemade blue cheese dressing.

On Sunday, we made a delicious Chicken Lime Soup with Hominy from Fine Cooking magazine. I have leftovers, so I’ll photograph it later. You’re going to want to make it.

Spring must really be here. On Saturday evening, I cracked open the first (of many, I’m sure) of the 2009 rose from Wollfer Estate on Long Island. It is my favorite summer wine.


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

Alice is smitten with Juniper in Hastings-on-Hudson. (NYT) (Though she hated the dish that I loved. Funny how that works.)
Alice likes the wines that Derek Todd picked out for her at Wine Geeks in Armonk. (NYT)
The hounds have found a new fine-dining Peruvian called Viru on Central Avenue. The reports are good. (CH)
Maggie’s Seafood in downtown Yonkers is serving Korean food. (CH) (Huh! That sounds very intriguing.)
Doug has a so-so experience with his entree, but likes the rest of the food at Shiraz in Elmsford. (HT)


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.


  1. Thanks for putting a pic of the Wolffer rose on here. I also love it in the summer and have not been able to find it. They COMPLETELY changed the label. No idea. Good to support your local wineries (if they are worth it). Thanks again.

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