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restaurants

Roost in Sparkill

One of our favorite restaurants in Rockland is Roost. Chef Kevin Reilly is so very talented — his food bursts with flavor, and is always expertly executed. Tonight’s dinner was no exception. Longtime SCF fans may remember our many, many […]

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garden

Blueberries and Bumblebees

Just a couple shots from the front-yard garden this morning. The garlic is sprouting nicely, and the bumblebees are helping our blueberries along. Happy spring!     Related posts: Samantha Picks Blueberries Update on the Fields: Blueberries, Basil, Geraniums and Jasmine […]

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garden

Porch Season Opener

We christened porch season with a gin and tonic. And why not! The weather was warm enough — at least until the sun went down! A quick, but enjoyable, opening. Cheers! Related posts: The Porch Season Has Begun! Porch Opener: […]

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garden

April Showers

Those April showers are a little gloomy, but the bulbs peeking out are bring a brightnes to a dreary day. I’m so happy we planted them. Related posts: Random Pics from April 25 Planting Bulbs at SCF Our First Lilac […]

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garden

The First Daffodils of Spring

The first daffodils of the year! These little Tete a Tete daffodils are just brightening our first days of spring! Related posts: Spring at the Farm: Quince, Crocus, Daffodils and the Planting of Sweet Peas Update on the Garden: Lilacs, […]

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cocktails, recipes

Maple Rye Sour

Here’s a nice drink for sipping by the fire in winter. Maple Rye Sour 8 ounces rye 2 ounces lemon juice 2 ounces orange juice 1 ounce maple syrup 1 ounce amaro Albano Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker […]

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bees

Bad News on the Bees

It was warm enough to do a hive inspection. What we feared has come true: the green hive did not make it. Not enough honey. The white hive, though, is OK. Hoping there’s enough pollen now to get them off […]

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cocktails, recipes

Bronx Cocktail

Earlier this week, I received a big box of citrus from my friend Cherril’s trees. Cherril, a friend I met on my work trip to Nashville last year, lives in Arizona, and grows grapefruit, pomelos, blood oranges, Meyer lemons and more. […]

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recipes

Winter Panzanella

Did you ever think to have panzanella salad in winter? Martha Rose Shulman did. I made it for a Super Bowl pot luck we threw at work, and I must say it was quite a hit. It’s nice to have […]

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garden

Snow at the Farm

We haven’t had too much snow this year — save for the big one a few weeks ago — so this dusting was actually sort of pleasant. The birds are happy to find the suet in the pear tree, that’s […]

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cocktails, recipes

Blood Orange Flip

It’s that time of year, when citrus and whiskey make a fine pair indeed. Blood Orange Flip For the honey syrup: 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup honey For the cocktail: 1 ounce freshly squeezed blood orange juice 1/2 ounce honey syrup […]

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restaurants

Porta Napoli in Harrison

I believe you’re all aware of my fondness for Don Antonio’s pizza. The one in midtown. My go-to pre-theater spot. Well that restaurant is indirectly related to the new Porta Napoli, a Neapolitan pizzeria and wine bar that opened in […]