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Good morning and happy Monday. Finally a break from the oppressive heat, huh? If only for a day or so. I had a fun-packed weekend with lots of good eats.

On Friday, I went to a garden party. My hosts served the perfect food for such a hot and humid day. The first course was gazpacho:

And then we had those roasted peppers above with poached salmon and a wild-rice salad:

It was so easy (looking) and elegant, and the menu was light and refreshing. Their garden is a great place for a party:

Unfortunately we were chased in by storms not long after we sat down, but that made it all the more fun as we watched the rain from their porch.

On Saturday I went to the Pleasantville Farmers Market, where it was way too hot to take photos. I got myself some tomatoes for making gazpacho on Sunday, as well as some Rainbeau Ridge cheese.

Meanwhile, I’d already had Saturday dinner planned from my foraging at the Nyack market on Thursday. Here is corn and iceberg from R&G produce and lovely Sun Gold tomatoes from Taliaferro Farms. The bread and the pork chops came from Whole Foods.

I also made a blueberry cobbler with fruit from The Orchards of Concklin. It’s a great recipe, and I’ll share later. Unfortunately, I got distracted and the cobbler stayed in the oven about 10 minutes longer than it should have, so I’ve got some charred biscuits. Still delishy.

Sunday morning I was pulling weeds. Will it ever end?! I feel like this is the worst year EVER for weeds. Then the rain came and started cooling things off. I went inside to make gazpacho for my Mad Men party that evening.

And while I was whirring the vegetables around the food processor, I stuck some bacon on a rack on a sheet pan and put it in the oven at 400 for about 20 minutes. Yes, I’m guessing you guys know what’s coming?

The season’s first BLTs!

How about a little close up of that beauty?

My husband was so happy to have good tomatoes that he did a second helping and called it a BLT “salad.” Great idea!

After a little down time, I went back in the garden. The glads are doing nicely.

And my neighbor’s grapes are coming along:

Now the fall crops are starting to get bigger. Apples:

And pears:

And I’m about to harvest our plums:

After working in the kitchen and the garden, a reward… Caiparinhas! (I’ll give you the recipe for that later, too):

And after our cocktail, we headed over to my friend’s house for her Mad Men party. She made all kinds of great 1960s recipes, including an onion-anchovy spread (amazing!), shrimp with gorgonzola (suprisingly good) and an avocado aspic!

We also had Utz (natch) —

— and Ritz crackers with Velveeta, Pimentos and Vienna Fingers:

(Don’t worry. Those were just for decoration.)

I brought along my gazpacho, which I garnished with diced cucumber mixed with chopped shiso leaves. (No, not very 1960s, but very delicious.)

And of course…. Old Fashioneds for everybody!

Fun stuff.

And with that, here’s what people have been talking about this weekend. (Lots and lots!):

MH likes Lalibela in Mount Kisco. (NYT)
The Grey Lady pays another homage to Armonk, this time to Mariani Gardens. (NYT)
A visit to KoKo Sushi in Scardale. (SP)
Renaissance Bakery in Scarsdale. (SP)
A review of 808 Bistro in Scarsdale. (SP)
A review of Travelers Rest in Ossining. (CMKP)
The pig roast at Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua. (CMKP)
A former Blue Hill at Stone Barns employee is opening Local Ice Cream in Chappaqua. (CMKP)
Taiim Falafel Shack opens in Hastings-on-Hudson. (HDFP)
Here’s more on Taiim from Chowhound. (CH)
Meet Manuel Garcia of Gusano Loco in Mamaroneck. (LMP)
Meet James Rosenbauer of Bistro Z in Tarrytown. (TSHP)
Todd goes to Orissa in Dobbs Ferry. (WE)
Aimee Milano demostrates how to make Big Girl Baking Co.’s Olive Oil Tea Cake. (LMP)
Meet Doug Chi Nguyen from Wasabi. (NP)
Prime Barbecue opens in Hartsdale. (CH)

Westchester Magazine’s food issue has hit the stands. Here’s a look:
Jean-Georges on living in Waccabuc.
Our hippest restaurants.
Cold soups for summer.
A tour of the Yonkers food scene with Baron Ambrosia.
A sangria roundup.
Crab cakes, too.
Amuse Bouche.
Restaurant reviews: Day Boat Cafe in Irvington and Masala Kraft in Hartsdale.


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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