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Porch Party!

A gorgeous evening for friends and fun on the porch. Salad and meat, of course! An evening of laughs as always. Related posts: Supper on the Porch: Cedar Plank Salmon and Strawberry-Kale Salad BLTs on the Porch On the Porch […]

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Casa Mono in Manhattan

Tapas! I remember what a revolution Casa Mono was when it opened; bringing to the main stream not only to Spanish tapas, but also to innovating and exciting dishes like cocks combs. It has always been a favorite of mine. […]

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The Crosby in Montclair

The Crosby is a new-ish spot in Montclair — a great spot for drinks, especially considering how few places have liquor licenses in New Jersey. The space is open and airy, and the cocktail menu was creatively devised (bonus: the drinks are […]

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Hive Inspection

Not our first hive inspection. We did one in April, saw swarm cells, and moved the queen and some brood to a new hive. This is what we’re seeing now. Drone cells. This seems OK to me in a hive […]

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Rum House in Manhattan

My friend Travis is in town, so we met for drinks before his curtain for The Great Comet. I loved having post-theater cocktails at the Rum House in the fall, so suggested we meet there. Turns out, Travis and his husband, […]

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Spring at the Nyack Farmers Market

The spring season is in full swing now at the market. Asparagus is in, so are ramps. And I found a very special treat there today. Morels! Love my Larchmont charcuterie. Gorgeous lilacs. Related posts: Spring at the Nyack Farmers […]

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Jack’s Lobster Shack in Edgewater

I never thought I’d say this. At Jack’s Lobster Shack in Edgewater, I favor the Connecticut-style lobster roll — that is, the one served warm with butter — over the Maine style. Heresy, I know! I have always, always preferred […]

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Hunan Taste in Denville

There’s quite a spectacle of a restaurant in downtown Denville. Hunan Taste, which has been around since 1986, presents the full-on, high-end Chinese dining experience. It was named best Chinese restaurant in the state by The Daily Meal. The menu […]

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Big Day of Birthday Fun

A big city day to celebrate my birthday. First, a trip to MoMA, then lunch at The Modern, a matinee, and dinner at a barbecue joint. We even had a nightcap back in Nyack. Day drinking! Gin cocktail, with apricot, […]

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A Visit to MoMA

MoMA is of our favorite museums, so we don’t really need an excuse to go. But this exhibit, Making Space: Women and Post-War Abstraction, was particularly intriguing. It showcased the work of women artists between post-World War II and the start of […]

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A Birthday Supper

A little get-together with Sondra and Leigh to celebrate the day I came into this world. Mint Juleps, of course. A very nice rioja. Table set. Steak, salad, asparagus. No carbs! No photos of people this time. I need to […]

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Drinks at 3 Westerly in Ossining

Mary, Bill, Ed and I had drinks at this new waterfront restaurant. I neglected to take photos of the food (which was fine) or my friends (who are funny), but I do have here a portrait of a much-needed Friday […]

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Record Fridays: Dan Makes Milkshakes

Dan has brought in his favorite toy: a cooler with a blender built right into it. He is demonstrating it by making milkshakes for the newsroom. Because that’s what we do on Record Fridays. Supplies. Blending.      Record Fridays. […]

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Garden Update: Planting Radishes

We have a helper in the fields this year! Here’s Sammy, laying down a row of radishes. Water, soil, sun. Watch them grow. The rest of the garden is humming along nicely. Lilacs: Tulips, a birthday present for Sam from […]

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New Jersey Press Association Awards Dinner

The Record took home a great number of awards from this contest. Dan and Nancy have a drink in the courtyard. It’s a big open barn. NJPA. The crew: Congrats to all the winners! Related posts: ‘Dey can’t do dis’: […]

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Bulbs are Blooming

The garden is exploding! Lots of cherry blossoms; fingers crossed for a good year! Tulips. Hyacinth., Welcome, spring! Related posts: Progress in the Fields: The Farm Gets Bulbs Bulbs Blooming at the Farm Planting Bulbs at SCF Planting Bulbs in […]

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Garden Update

The daffodils are really coming into their own. It’s nice enough to have dinner on the lawn! A view from above. Related posts: Update on the Garden: Lilacs, Flower Quince, Daffodils and More Spring Garden Update and the Patio’s First […]

recipes

Simple Smoked Ham

A simple recipe for smoked ham, perfect for Easter, Christmas or any holiday. Adapted from Michael Ruhlman’s recipe for American-Style Brown Sugar-Glazed Holiday Ham in Charcuterie. Side view: Simple Smoked Ham For the brine 1 gallon/4 liters water 1 1/2 […]

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New Raincoat

Well, a new old raincoat. After admiring the Barbour coats owned by Ed and Mary, I decided I’d join the club. Purchased on eBay for about half the cost of a new one. Proud new owner.   Related posts: Mint […]

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Spring at the Farm

Things are really starting to pop now! Hyacinths: Daffodils: Our summer perch: Related posts: Spring at the Farm: Quince, Crocus, Daffodils and the Planting of Sweet Peas Spring Garden Update and the Patio’s First Cocktail Hour Spring Garden at Sour […]

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Spring at the Nyack Farmers Market

A lovely spring day at the market. Young greens from Blooming Hill. Larchmont Charcuterie, how I love thee. Hello tulips! If only! Glad the market is back outdoors again! Related posts: Berries at the Nyack Farmers Market Loaded for Bear […]

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Daffodils at the Office

A little sunshine on a dreary day. A little bit of #sourcherryfarm sunshine on a dreary day in the @northjerseynews #newsroom. . . . . . ———————————- #northjersey #newspaper #daffodils #spring #gardening #garden #newjersey #nj #news #paterson #patersonnj #woodlandpark #bergen […]

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Hudson House in Nyack

A gorgeous Sunday, perfect for brunch at a sidewalk table at the Hudson House. Our little Sam tried her first Shirley Temple. I got the bloody mary. I told Samantha the story about when Sarah and I were at the […]

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Porch Season Opener

It’s opening day of porch season, folks! Time to get those cushions out, dust them off, sweep and mop and get ready for summer! Related posts: The Porch Season Has Begun! Porch Season Opener Porch Opener: Sidecars Outside, Then a […]

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Supper with Irene

Irene is back from two months in London! She was helping to run the WastED pop-up at Selfridges. It was a grand success, and now she is regaling us with the tales. Martinis. And regaling Sam with tales of Dinosaurs. […]

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iPhone Video Training

We continue to become more and more digitally focused at The Record and NorthJersey.com. Today, our own Marko and Pete from lohud are leading iPhone and iMovie video training so reporters can produce their own videos. Here we go! Here’s […]

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Dinner with Marissa

We hadn’t seen each other in AGES! So Marissa came over to Nyack for a meal. We met at the Brickhouse, but it was too loud to catch up, so after our drink there, we went to our old friend, […]

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Sunday in Morristown

  With Jessica’s training in Bridgewater, we decided to drive her down there and make a day of it. Brunch in Morristown seemed the perfect destination. Turns out, a lot of people like to do Sunday brunch in Morristown. We […]