Hope everyone had a lovely Easter weekend! The weather last week finally cooperated and it really feels like spring. Please feel free to let us know what you ended up preparing for the holiday. There was some buzz around the newsroom about the Silver Palate Cookbook’s recipe for Pineapple Bake, which was a favorite of mine as a kid (still is), and we usually make it around Christmas time too. My mom used to make it with Wonder Bread, something I am not ashamed to admit, yields amazing results. Don’t judge. Check out these Hudson Valley local links instead.
This week on LoHud.com and Small Bites
New spring menus have arrived. Chefs share our excitement at the changing season, and are making the shift from braises and stews to fresh asparagus and edible flowers.
Eastchester bans fast-casual restaurants. No Panera’s or Quizno’s here. “You can go get your sandwich in Larchmont,” said town Supervisor Anthony S. Colavita.
New chef at Crabtree’s Kittle House: Jay Lippin, formerly of Mighty Joe Young’s in Hartsdale and chef-owner of Backwoods BBQ and Grill in Westwood, N.J.
Lower Hudson Valley on the Web
A glowing New York Times review of Mint Premium Foods in Tarrytown. The word is out on this gourmet shop and cafe. Owner Hassan Jarane says the review is resulting in a flood of phone calls and reservations.
A strange little story about the foodies buried in Woodlawn cemetary. Not quite Westchester, but a stone’s throw away from the Yonkers border, if you’re inclined to see where some deceased culinary greats are laid to rest.
Westchester Magazine released the menu for their Wine & Food Weekend. Courses are prepared by an all star roster of area chefs, including Michael Gallina of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Ethan Kostbar of Moderne Barn, Andy Nusser of Tarry Lodge, Jay Lippin of Crabtree’s Kittle House, and Anthony Goncalves of 42 The Restaurant.