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Good morning and happy Monday. Those were some storms this morning, weren’t they?

My apologies for not posting much last week — I got all backed up working on the Mad Men package that was in Sunday’s paper. Hope you enjoyed, and I hope you’ll be making some of those recipes!

I’m off for a couple of days, so the blog will be a little slow this week, too…. but to keep you entertained, here’s this week’s edition of local links.

I didn’t have much of a supper on Friday because on Friday afternoon for lunch, I went to the Burger Factory in Armonk and sampled tastes from about 8 different burgers!

More on that later, but for now, I’ll tell you that the chili was excellent.

More local sampling on Saturday…. I did a tasting of wines from Prospero in Pleasantville:

I’ll also report more on that later, but for now, I can recommend the Pleasantville White for a nice porch wine.

For supper on Saturday, we grilled a flank steak and had our first caprese of the year:

Along with our first “Doris’ Cucumber Salad” of the year. (It’s a recipe my husband got from his mom, who’s named Doris.)

I had picked up the vegetables at a farm stand at Bill Kolvek Perennials in Chestnut Ridge. The tomatoes, she said, were from Jersey.

On Sunday, I planted my purchases: hydrangea (Limelight, foreground), Coreopsis (moonbeam, yellow flowers on the right) and a butterfly bush (barely visible in front of the hosta, center) in a sad corner of my yard. I’m hoping this will brighten it up and hide the chain link fence behind it!

And for supper on Sunday night, we went all American with hot dogs. (Hey, after hamburgers of Friday, it’s a nice book-end, right?) The dogs were Schaller & Weber (delishy!) and came from Old World Market. Corn was from The Orchards of Concklin at the Thursday Nyack Market, the tomatoes were leftover and the lettuce was from the garden:

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

Emily digs Birdsall House in Peekskill. (NYT)
The Blue Pig in Croton is using local ingredients in its ice creams and sorbets. (NYT)
A few reports on Vega, the new Mexican in Hartsdale. (CH) (BTW, I have photos and a menu and will post soon.)
Dara makes a great-looking cucumber and radish salad with feta vinaigrette. (CITK)
Doug accompanies Katherine on her latest ice cream odyssey stops: Metro Desserts in Scarsdale and El Sabor de Michoacan in New Rochelle. (HT)
A video of chef-owner Navjot Arora at Chutney Masala in Irvington. (Hastings-Dobbs Ferry Patch)
A video of chef-owner Rui Correia at Piri-Q in Mamaroneck. (Larchmont-Mamaroneck Patch)
Meet the Chef: Vittorio Scarpa of Sardegna in Larchmont. (LMP)


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 Comment

  1. Liz, Can you post the recipe for Doris’s cucumber salad? It looks really refreshing.

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