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Good morning and happy Monday, all! It’s kinda schmutzy out today, isn’t it? Well, this light mizzling rain (as Jane Austen would call it) will do wonders for the seeds we planted over the weekend. More lettuce, some bush beans and a big row of fennel, thanks to Bill Cary’s Ask the Master Gardeners post last summer.

On Friday night, I met two friends in Dobbs Ferry. First, for a glass of rose by the water at Half Moon, then for dinner at The Cookery.

The view at Half Moon:

You may remember a few weeks back, I wrote about how adventurous the menu at The Cookery is becoming. Well, on Friday, I tried three new dishes. This here is the cauliflower budino, a sot of flan, topped with an egg. Gorgeous:

And this here is chef David DiBari’s latest weapon in his arsenal, calves’ brains ravioli:

Tasted like butter. I’ll show you my full meal — including buttermilk-fried tripe with spicy aioli — in another post.

On Saturday, I headed to the Palisades Indoor Farmers Market — which, this week, was actually outdoors.

Asparagus is finally in season!

I also discovered that this Palisades Market, a cute little cafe and prepared foods spot, has opened on 9W in that former gas station across from the former driving range that is now a housing development.

It’s super cute and the food we tried was delish. Another post on that later, too. Hint:

On Saturday afternoon, we did a little light gardening. My fruit trees are coming along nicely. Pears:


Cross your fingers. Last year was horrible for fruit.

After the garden, back to the kitchen. I made these terrific Chocolate-Toffee cookies from the Smitten Kitchen blog:

Goodness. Even I was taken aback at how delicious these were, if I do say so myself!

Saturday night, our next-door neighbors joined us for dinner. For hors d’oeuvres, we served marinated artichokes and olives from The Iron Tomato, radishes from the farmers market and two kinds of cheese dip leftover from my book club — pimento cheese and Ivy Cheese spread. (The book was All the King’s Men so we were doing a Southern theme.)

And for supper, we had pork chops from Dines Farm at the farmers market, sauteed kale with garlic from the farmers market, and Wild Hive polenta, which we picked up at the new Palisades Market:

We had a cheese course with some nice selections from the Iron Tomato:

And then we nibbled on the cookies for dessert.

On Sunday morning, I met my folks for brunch at O’Donoghue’s. (They go there almost every Sunday. Creatures of habit, indeed!) I got the crab cakes Benedict:

Then we had a lazy Sunday, reading and relaxing. For supper, we made more local food from the market, including scallops from my favorite fishmonger, Pura Vida, asparagus, leftover polenta (which we sauteed for a nice crispy edge) and some baby greens we thinned from the garden:

Mmm. Mmm. Mmm.

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

Doug goes to the Village Tea Room in New Paltz and Poppy’s in Beacon. (HT)
Emily likes Orissa in Dobbs Ferry. (NYT)
Emily also likes Old Chatham Sheepherding Cheese and yogurt. (NYT)
Jeanne proclaims that Mamaroneck is undergoing a culinary revolution. (WM)
David and Marge like the Tap House in Tuckahoe. (WM)
Hailee Moore gives us the 411 on Mexican foods for Cinco de Mayo. (WM)


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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