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EDIT: Apologies, kids! I thought I had published this early this morning, and here I am packing up to go home and I just realized it was still in my drafts folder! So sorry…

Good morning and happy Monday. It was a beautiful weekend, wasn’t it? Finally the air conditioning is off at my house. My sister and her family are in town this week, visiting from Texas, so we’ve had a lot of family gatherings over the weekend. On Friday, my mom hosted a dinner.

I brought over the soup: A Cold Pink Borscht from a recipe by David Tanis out of “A Platter of Figs.” I adore this soup:

My mom did a surf-and-turf of sorts, filet mignon and poached salmon, both cooked ahead and served room temperature. She also served a cous cous with tomatoes and cukes and some asparagus:

For dessert we had Mixed Berry and Blueberry-Peach pies from The Pie Lady & Son. Delishy!

On Saturday, I did the hosting. I started with another cold soup — this time gazpacho. (Here’s a link to my recipe, as well as two others: Gazpacho Three Ways).

For dinner, we hickory-smoked three chickens, and I made three sides: heirloom tomato salad (just with snipped basil, a drizzle of olive oil and salt); corn (cooked for just 5 minutes and touched with butter) and Olive Oil Roasted Tomatoes and Fennel with White Beans (from this month’s Bon App magazine, so good!):

The tomatoes are so pretty I just have to show you the platter, too:

The weather was so amazing that we almost needed a sweater. I love sitting by lantern light near our fruit trees in the back yard:

Hey, garden writer Bill Cary, my centerpiece was picked from the yard, too! Hydrangea and Cosmos with a stem of phlox from a plant Bill gave me:

For dessert, we finished the Pie Lady’s pies!

On Sunday — while my sister went to brunch at Restaurant X with her friends — my three-year-old niece “helped” us work in the garden a little:

We harvested green beans, tomatoes, lettuce and pimento peppers (I’ll be making pimento cheese soon! Pimento cheese recipe in the comments section on this post here.)

My sister and her family went back to my mom’s house, and for Sunday supper, my husband and I finished the striped bass that a friend so graciously gave us after he caught it off of Montauk last week. (We had the first taste on Thursday and it was amazing. Sunday’s was no different):

We had it with roasted carrots and fennel from the garden. And for dessert, I had been baking with the niece, too. Apricot tart:

Terrific.  And with that, here’s what people have been talking about this week:

A video of one of the first meals at Tarry Tavern. (TSHP)
Alice gives Lusardi’s in Larchmont a middling review and then still awards the restaurant “Worth It.” (NYT)
Rinku likes Lalibela Ethiopian Cuisine in Mount Kisco. (CIW)
Doug (and Katherine Curry) love Restaurant North in Armonk. (HT)
Todd likes Tomatillo in Dobbs Ferry. (WE)
The Clinton Vineyards wine was chosen as favors for Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. (HVWG)
A new fall menu at Il Sorriso in Irvington. (HDFP)
Healthy takeout in the Rivertowns? (HDFP)
Meet the chef: Adam Kaye of Blue Hill at Stone Barns. (LMP)
Meet the chef: Ula Robertson of At Your Service Catering. (NCP)

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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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