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Good afternoon and happy Tuesday. I’m sorry I’ve been late in posting local links this week. It’s a lot to catch up when you’re away for a week. I had a nice week of cooking and eating while I was out, though. I’ll be posting some recipes later in the week, but for now, here’s a look!

First up, a nice hearty braised short rib over polenta:

I used part of a recipe from Epicurious.com: Braised Beef Short Ribs. But I didn’t do the vegetables, just the ribs. And I made local polenta with milk and parmesan. Nice glass of red, too.

Another comforting winter supper. Roast chicken with fingerling potatoes and romaine lettuce salad:

Then one evening, we went out to the Hudson House in Nyack and had chef Christopher Dunn’s killer cassoulet:

Another evening, we made the deep dish pizza from America’s Test Kitchen:

The dough only takes about half an hour to rise, and you press it into a cake pan. Super good.

And Saturday evening, we went fancy with a paella of sorts:

It’s my take on Aldea chef George Mendes’ Arroz de Pato, a rice-duck dish made with olives and apricots. I combined two recipes: one from the Village Voice blog, Fork in the Road, and the other from Food & Wine magazine. (Here’s my post with a few pics from my visit to Aldea last winter.) I decided to up the ante with the dish and garnish it with some candied olives that I made (see them in the center?). Unfortunately, I think that threw the balance of the dish off. But I would like to try again. There are some very good flavors there.

For dessert, we had pastel de vasco from Suzanne Goin’s Sunday Suppers at Lucques coookbook.

I adore that book, and this dessert has been a go-to of mine for several years. It’s bascially a very buttery pound cake with blackberry compote baked in the center. You can toast the slices in a pan with butter and it’s even better!

We ended the week at the Olde Village Inne, watching the Jets game (yay for that win!). I had to get the wings. I’m helpless around them:

And that was a recap of my week of eating! I’ll share some recipes later on in the week.

For now, here’s a look at what people have been talking about:

MH thinks Arrosto in Port Chester is “worth it.” (NYT)
Meet the chef: Lori Dunne at Jimmy’s on Main in Nanuet. (P)
Meet the chef: Rick Iseman at Clarksville Inn in West Nyack. (P)
Meet the chef: Jospeh Mortelliti of On the Way Cafe in Rye. (P)
Meet the Chef: Belal Hossain of Swagat Halal Indian Restaurant in Tarrytown. (P)
Looking for a fancy lunch in Westchester. (CH)
Meyer lemons for sale in New Rochelle. (CH)
Where to get red velvet cake in Westchester? (CH)
Stephen Mancini of Restaurant North in Armonk writes a love letter to Westchester. (EDP)
Julia likes the lamb dish at Bedford Post. (EDP)
Dinner at Juniper will be no longer. (EDP)


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.


  1. Off Topic Qustion: Did Viru, the peruvian in Yonkers close? Went there last night and it was dark?

  2. It looks like it might have, TW. Last I heard, he was looking for diners to buy in as investors for shares to trade in later for food to keep the place open.

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