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cooking, entertaining

Brisket Supper

After all this travel and work, it was a pleasure to settle in for a long MLK Jr. weekend and do a little cooking. I made two recipes from the wonderful Canal House Cooks Every Day book, brisket and — […]

cooking, entertaining


Kris and Tom came over to celebrate Destinate! They brought a lovely bottle of Champagne, and we had this yummy, yummy Beef and Beans Chili with Chorizo. It’s a chili kind of night. #sourcherryfarm #nyack #southnyack #chili A photo posted […]


Tappan Zee Bridge in Progress

Seen from my walk along the Esposito Rail Trail. It’s really coming along! Related posts: Left Coast Lifter on the Tappan Zee Bridge Looking Up at the Tappan Zee Bridge Superstructure A Foggy Commute Across the Tappan Zee Bridge A […]


Hendricks in Manhattan

No, not the gin. The restaurant. And it’s where I met the girls for a good catch-up. An Old Fashioned was in order. Kelly, Liz, Boo and Mel. Posing with a sweet gift from Ed, a congratulations for my Destinate win. […]


Newark Penn Station

Traveling back from DC to Newark Penn, I had a few minutes to spare while waiting for my ride. What a gorgeous old bird this place is. Astrological signs, just like in Grand Central. Old wooden benches. Such hope and […]


Wildfire in McLean

It’s time to celebrate! Our team had a big win, getting the top prize in the Gannett Innovation Challenge with Destinate! Here we are, celebrating with Team Nashvillle, too. And here’s the Rochester crew! A big-ass New York Strip: Creamed […]


Destinate Wins!

Destinate, the mobile-first website that helps hungry travelers find great local restaurants close to highway exits, has won the second annual Gannett Innovation Challenge! Ready to kill it! Breakfast at corporate: Here we go! Hi. I’m next! Yes. Ready. Let […]


Founding Farmers in Tysons, Va.

Dinner with the Destinate crew and Founding Farmers in Tysons. We picked a great one. What else would you expect from a group of food writers! What a beautiful bar! And here’s half of our crew. Unfortunately, I missed out […]


Down to DC

The presentation has been written and rehearsed. The Power Point has been tweaked and perfected. After months of work, it’s time to present our Innovation Lab project, Destinate. Heading down to DC — a case of hard apple cider packed in […]


La Masseria in Manhattan

An excellent, excellent tagliatelle alla Bolognese at La Masserie on 48th Street in Midtown. We truly loved it! Tagliatelle alla Bolognese. #nyc #pretheatre #lohudfood #northjerseyeats #sourcherryfarm #manhattan A video posted by Liz Johnson (@sourcherryfarm) on Jan 5, 2017 at 3:10pm PST […]


Bill’s Burgers

Let’s start this New Year off right! Burgers at Bill’s! And a beer, naturally. Bill’s Burger with the works. Delishy! OK, we’ll throw in a few greens. Kale, because Irene is dining with us: Gotta admit Mel, that’s a fine […]


To MoMA, for Design and Art

As has been our custom over the past few years, we headed to Manhattan on New Year’s morning, for a little sightseeing and lunch. This year, we added the Museum of Modern Art to our itinerary. Greg was interested in […]

cooking, entertaining

New Year’s Eve 2016-2017

A low-key New Year’s Eve this year. Irene brought over Sazeracs and we enjoyed cedar plank salmon, lentils and greens. For luck, of course! Suerte! Technique: How to make cedar-plank salmon in the oven. Grilling: Cedar-plank salmon outdoors OK, so […]


Crispy Oven-Roasted Chicken Thighs

What a revelation! An easy, set-it-and-forget-it recipe that turns out 12 beautifully crispy, juicy chicken thighs + a lemony sauce in about 45 minutes. You just cut an onion and throw it in a pan with some garlic, rosemary and […]


Chilies Rellenos at El Cunao

El Cunao, a new Mexican restaurant in Nyack, is just blowing the doors off everybody! Check out this dish, chilies rellenos! And the quesadilla! Just, wow! Related posts: Torta at El Cunao Recipe: Posole with New Mexican Chilies Saturday Night at […]


Warning! This Pyrex Dish Shattered in the Oven

Here’s something I can’t believe actually happened: Our Pyrex dish shattered inside our oven, splintering into glass that littered the oven floor and exploded chicken jus all over the walls and glass. Do you see all the pieces?  We were […]


Gorgeous Sunset

Simply beautiful sunset at the farm this evening! Oranges! Pinks! Purple! Related posts: Gorgeous Sunset Saturday Night at the Farm: Margies, Movies and a Marvelous Sunset A Beautiful March Sunset On the Longest Day of the Year, Rosé and a […]


Vintage Wallpaper at the Farm

While cleaning the radiator one afternoon, I found this wallpaper peeling from the wall behind it. I think it’s super-cool! We are debating about what to do with it. A fabric, perhaps, on Spoonflower?  Comments and suggestions welcome! Related posts: […]


A Holiday Cheese Ball

Greg was smitten with a recipe accompanying Kim Severson’s New York Times story about the cheese ball. A midwest — and Southern — staple, it makes us recall the Christmases of our youth. So we made it, to recall the Christmases […]


A Winter’s Walk

A nice walk through Oak Hill Cemetery, toward sunset on one of the shortest days of the year. Pretty!          Related posts: Rockland Lake Walk Lunch and a Walk with Sam A Lazy Sunday and a Walk A […]


Front Walk Options

It’s time to redo the front stairs here at SCF. On my recent walk, I snapped a couple of photos for inspiration. What do you think? Related posts: Update on the Patio: Front Walks are Done! Patio Progress: One Front […]


A Holiday Reading

The annual tradition of reading Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” continues. We hosted this year, and at the table were Kris and Tom, Suzie and Joe, Irene, and two new friends, Jennifer and Amy. Even if you’re serving with fancy […]


Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good

Dorie Greenspan, you rascal. This recipe is so insanely delicious. And even better, it’s super-easy and it impresses your guests. It’s essentially a pumpkin stuffed with bread, cheese, bacon and cream. I mean. How can that be bad? It’s excellent […]

cocktails, recipes

Salty Dogs!

Our favorite December cocktail, the Salty Dog! See our previous Salty Dog coverage here: Salty Dogs. Salty Dogs 1 to 1 1/2 grapefruits (juice to equal 8 ounces) 2 tablespoons sea or kosher salt 8 ounces vodka or gin 2 […]


Crazy Cookie Exchange

An obscene amount of cookies at our work exchange this day! Plenty enough for everyone, and their entire families, too. Merry Christmas! Related posts: Mary Christmas from the Sister Outpost Christmas Cookies with Samantha Merry Christmas from Sour Cherry Farm […]


Gingerbread Cookies

I made dough for both Sugar Cookies and Gingerbread Men, but this year, we only got around to making the gingerbread. It’s a winner of a recipe, super easy and just enough spices to make it interesting, not dense. Roll […]


Pizza at Marta

Marta was so popular when it opened, it was mobbed no matter what time you went. You were lucky to get a table at 11 p.m. See our previous visit to Marta in Dec. 2015: Pizza at Marta. Now, while […]


Ham, Mushroom and Cheddar Omelet

Julia Child said it’s all in the wrist. But her omelet recipes took up 13 pages “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” My technique is a little less complicated. Maybe not as authentic. But it makes for a nice breakfast. […]