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Good morning and happy Tuesday. I had a busy weekend, but one with tons of great food. I have friends visiting from Oregon, so we welcomed them on Friday night with a supper of pulled pork, beans, fresh tomatoes and cole slaw.

I put my pulled pork and cole slaw on a hot dog bun!

On Saturday, we pulled all the trillions of weeds that crept up in the garden while I was away in Maine for two weekends! Then we harvested some apples and some pears. Fall must be on its way…

Saturday night, my friends had plans with some other people, so my husband and I sauteed some scallops from the Pleasantville Farmers Market and had a simple supper with corn and tomatoes:

When my friends got back from their dinner, we had a cheese platter for dessert and a nightcap. Local cheeses from Bobolink and Old Chatham Sheeperding, plus plums from the market, apples (from our tree!), local honey and a few pieces of salami our friend brought back from Salumeria Rosi in the city.

(Those crackers, by the way, are the sea salt flavor from Stonewall Kitchen. I adore them.)

For breakfast on Sunday, we made eggs with ham, shallots and manchego cheese and fired up some tortillas. My friend made a salsa with some of our cherry tomatoes, and we also used some local arugula for a garnish:


On Sunday night, we headed to the city and had the Beef 7 Ways dinner at Ma Peche in Manhattan. So sinfully indulgent. One of my favorite dishes was the beef tongue salad:

But the cote du boeuf and the sausage —

and shank and oxtail —

— were pretty amazing too.

The meal was a lot of fun, and really delicious. But we had some issues with the pacing, from dishes being brought out too fast and too slow to plates not being cleared and wine coming after the food was served. But all in all, a great evening.

And we had another great evening on Monday. Some friends threw their annual Labor Day party. They provide the meal and the guests bring wine and dessert.

As you can see, it’s a huge feast:

And we had such great weather for it.

I hope you had as much fun on your last weekend of summer.

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

Rye Cooks goes to Pollo a la Brasa in Port Chester. (RC)
Doug really likes Taiim Falafel Shack in Hastings. (HT)
Todd reports on the menu updates at Tarry Lodge in Port Chester. (WE)
Morris reviews La Sala in Larchmont. (LMP)
A profile on Rossano Giannini from Lanterna Tuscan Bistro in Nyack. (NCP)


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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