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Good morning and happy Monday. It was a little hotter that they said it was going to be this weekend, but we still dined outside both Saturday and Sunday, so I’m not complaining!

On Friday night, I had supper at Hudson House. Chef Chris Dunn is really doing some magic with the menu there. And that’s so cool to see: the restaurant celebrated its 20th anniversary this week. One of our dishes was suckling pig with a mile-high biscuit and pickled carrots:

And we couldn’t miss owner Matt Hudson’s fabulous desserts. This sinful thing is a caramel cake:

Hmm — do I detect a little Southern thing going on over at HH?

My sister and her girls are still visiting from Texas, so on Saturday, I hosted dinner for the whole family again.  I know we had tomato salad last week, but when they’re in season and gorgeous like this, you’d be a fool not to serve them every single night. This time I made a chiffonade of both basil and shiso from the garden:

We also had grilled zucchini with mint and lime:

And green beans with tomatoes and bacon. I blanched the beans and put them aside. Then I rendered the bacon, and left the fat in the pan. I chopped the bacon and set it aside. When it was time for dinner, I heated up the bacon fat and sauteed the beans and tomatoes in it. Then I added the bacon bits back in. A little squeeze of lemon and you’re all set:

We also had center-cut pork chops from Steve’s in Congers, corn on the cob and grilled bread:

What a fabulous summer meal!

On Sunday, I went on a long bike ride, played with my nieces and visited with my grandmother. For supper, we got takeout from Cassie’s pizza in Orangeburg. No photo, sorry! All in all, a wonderful summer weekend.

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

Doug goes to Birsdall House and gets a burger. (HT)
Doug put together this video on how to make egg rolls. (HT)
Photos of Village Social in Chappaqua. (CMKP)
Meet the chef: Juan Lepe of Roasted Peppers in Mamaroneck. (LMP)
Meet the chef: Xavier Mayonove of Sidewalk Bistro in Piermont. (NCP)
A look at Moscato in Scarsdale. (SP)
A bagel battle in Scarsdale. (SP)
MH likes D Thai Kitchen in Thornwood. (NYT)


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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