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Good afternoon and happy Tuesday. Sorry I’m late on this post this week. You always think August is going to be slow, and, at least in the food writing business, it never is. I’m getting ready for the fall restaurant preview — and believe it or not, there are tons of new places to report on. If you know of any more, please shoot me an e-mail at ewjohnsonATlohud.com.

I had a great weekend of eating. On Friday night, I made these lemon verbena gimlets:

Martin Miller’s Gin, fresh lemon juice and a lemon verbena simple syrup I made with the herbs from the garden. Delishy!

For supper we grilled some chicken breasts and served them with iceberg wedge and roasted beets from the garden:

On Saturday, I had some friends visiting, and we ate outside in the back garden. We had skirt steak — marinated with my favorite Alton Brown recipe), Mexican corn (rolled in mayo and cotija) and a watermelon-tomato salad with feta and jalapenos. Oh and that’s some terrific Wave Hill bread that we put on the grill and drizzled with Laudemio olive oil.

For dessert, I made (but did not take a photo of) peach cobbler.

On Sunday morning, I put out a breakfast spread for my guests: Some proscuitto, Rainbeau Ridge goat cheese, gigantes, peppadews, olives, bread, watermelon and peaches:

We went on a long bike ride and enjoyed the afternoon.

They were taking the train home to the city, so we decided to meet another couple of friends for a drink at Blue Hill at Stone Barns beforehand. I had a terrific cocktail with smoked peaches and mescal called Up in Smoke:

Of course “a drink” always turns into a couple of drinks and some snacks, doesn’t it? Gorgeous vegetables from the Stone Barns farm:

Tomato water gazpacho with a bracing bite:

Tomato burgers:

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

Marnie’s Asian Kitchen in Putnam Valley is “worth it.” (NYT)
Here’s what the hounds have to say about Marnie’s. (CH)
More on the Westchester Burger Co. in White Plains. (CH)
Greek near Tarrytown: Lefteris, Mykonos or Santorini? (CH)
Rye Cooks on beets from the Rye Farmers Market. (RC)
Doug goes to Lalibela Ethiopian in Mount Kisco. (HT)
Patch does Pour. (CMKP)
Good Life Gourmet opens in Hastings and Scarsdale. (P) Oh wait! Not Scarsdale! And now, meet the chef of Good Life: Erik Korn.
Morris Gut reviews La Piccolo Casa in Mamaroneck. (LMP)
Meet the chef: David Martinez from Union in Haverstraw. (NCP)
A profile of Manny Acosta, owner of City Line Diner in New City and State Line in Tappan. (NCP)
A review of Masala Kraft in Hartsdale. (SP)
Duck tongues at the Cookery, Tarry Tavern first taste. (WME)
Emily goes to So Dam Hot in Valhalla. (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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