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‘A Christmas Memory’ Reading

It’s fruitcake season, Buddy! Time for our annual reading of Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory.” Irene hosted this year’s reading. Cheers, I! A sweet vintage version: After the reading (and the tears), the food (and the laughter): A wonderful Christmas tradition. […]


Happy Birthday Boo!

First, drinks at The Algonquin, then, a pizza dinner. Happy Birthday to my dear friend Boo. Cheers! At the Algonquin! Very festive. The famous round table: Then, downtown to Norma. So cute! Arugula salad! Chopped salad: Pizza. My eggplant: Our […]


Drinks with Friends

We got the team together for holiday drinks at The Barrow House. A great turnout, with only two of our colleagues having to miss it. My manhattan. Chris, Jessica and Joan: Having fun! Front: Kim, Cindy, Jim, Bill. Rear: John, […]


Pretty Snow Day

After the Saturday snowstorm, we witness the beauty of winter, both at home and at church. Related posts: First Snow of Winter Oh. Look. More Snow Snow Day at Sour Cherry Farm A Snow Day Monday


Michelangelo at The Met

A visit to the Michelangelo exhibit at the Met. The rare chance to see, as the Met web site says, “133 of his drawings, three of his marble sculptures, his earliest painting, his wood architectural model for a chapel vault, […]


Boqueria in Manhattan

A long wait for a table — we did not have a reservation, and for a party of 6, tables are hard to come by during Sunday brunch — proved more than worth it. Our lunch at Boqueria was a […]


Imocha Thai

To send Kristin off in style — even though she’s not leaving the newsroom, just changing jobs within the company — Elyse and I took her out for lovely Thai lunch at Imocha in Woodland Park. Larb. Nice and spicy! […]


Storm King Art Center

A wonderful fall day at Storm King with the family. Sam and me. November light. A temporary exhibition this year: Maya Lin: Willow. The family: On top of the world! Sam was a little scared of this one. Album cover. […]


Woody’s Farm to Table in Cornwall

We lucked into a great spot for lunch before (or after) Storm King: Woody’s Farm to Table in Cornwall. The food is excellent, the room is comfortable, and it couldn’t be closer to Storm King. Hi Sam! You order at […]


Making Gravy for Thanksgiving

No need to wait til the turkey is done to make the gravy. Do it ahead by roasting turkey legs and wings, and stirring up a lovely broth. Our recipe: Turkey gravy. It will be divine. Related posts: Thanksgiving Turkey […]


Seafood Supper

A fun Saturday night at home, sharing supper with Irene. Oysters from Wegmans! Our favorite, Pemaquids, from Maine. We made the last of our volunteer albino acorn squash: And Irene brought scallops from the 1. Scallops over arugula with bacon-squash […]


Fall Garden Cleanup

Somebody is not happy about chores. Stacking chairs in the garage. Related posts: Playing, Planting and Garden Cleanup Fall in the SCF Garden: Montauk Daisies Wherein We Hoist a Sail and Enjoy the Garden for Happy Hour Farm Cleanup!


Champagne Dinner at Bice in Ramsey

A lovely evening tasting Dom Perignon and dining on delicious food. Thank you Marcello and Anthony! This was my favorite. And a lovely evening with Irene, too! Related posts: Fried Chicken and Champagne Kinchely’s Tavern in Ramsey Dinner at Hudson […]


Thanksgiving Prep

Lists and recipes. Tis the season. Related posts: Christmas Dinner Prep Thanksgiving 2016 Thanksgiving 2011: Sam’s First Thanksgiving Thanksgiving at the Ranch


Delicious Lemon Chicken Thighs

Ever since we first made the recipe for Crispy Oven Roasted Chicken Thighs last December, it has become a winter staple at SCF. It takes about 10 minutes to put together, and comes out perfect every time. Here, my Instagram […]


Rotisserie Georgette in Manhattan

A day off, so to the city I go. I now dream of the roast chicken at Rotisserie Georgette. (Our first trip to the restaurant was in 2014.) My dining companion, Pete. The chicken: crispy skin, impossibly juicy meat and […]


Two North Jersey Events

Two North Jersey events in one evening! First, Top Workplaces, which honored large, medium and small companies in our region. It was held at The Venetian, the catering hall, where, apparently, Snooki was married. Elyse and Candace are entertained by […]

cocktails, recipes

Martini Recipe

It has come to my attention that despite the vast array of cocktail recipes I have added to this site, we have never posted a recipe for the classic martini. Time to correct that. We like Tanqueray gin and Dolin […]


Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

What do you do when you promised to make a casserole for a brunch at church, and only remember that when you wake up at 6 am? You run to the nearest grocery store and purchase yourself some Tater Tots. […]


Viaggio in Wayne

Lunch at Viaggio — my second this year. Best dish was easily this bresaola: Sweet, funky, salty — sliced thin and drizzled with balsamic. The arugula a lovely accompaniment. Fried cauliflower: Delicious, but I wish it were crispier. Bolognese. Delicious. […]


Dinosuar Bar-b-que in Manhattan

Where to meet a friend from New York when you’re in New Jersey? Why, Harlem of course! Cheers! Related posts: Rum House in Manhattan Cool Photo of the El on a Winter’s Day Nix in Manhattan An Explosion of Flavors […]


We Have a Fig!

This is the first year in many, many that our tree has produced figs. It’s also the first that it wintered over next to the house, in the same sandy bed with rosemary and jasmine. I figured like with like, […]


Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs

We’ve both lost a ton of weight giving up carbs and sugar. But one thing we really miss is pasta. So on this chilly night, we made a substitute. Meatballs – made without breadcrumbs — with tomato sauce, served over […]


Squash Supper

Our garden this year produced a volunteer acorn squash plant, which produced very tasty squash — white on the outside, orange on the inside. We roasted one or two, mixed in some bacon (and bacon fat!) and served it topped […]


Sunrise at the Farm

Good morning, Nyack. Related posts: Sunrise at the Farm From Sunrise to Supper in Nashville Saturday at the Farm Breakfast Buffet for the Farm Guests


Fink’s BBQ in Suffern

I haven’t had Fink’s barbecue since he was manning the smokers down at Bailey’s in Blauvelt. But our after our trip to Secor Farm we were hankering for lunch, and what should we discover but his Suffern outpost! Here’s the […]


8 North Broadway in Nyack

A fun date night with sips and snacks at the bar at 8NB. Manhattan: Martini: Delicious gravlax: And sizzling octopus: A nice pour of rose! Delicious and fun, as always. Related posts: 8 North Broadway: A Saturday Night Out! Date […]


Jockey Hollow in Morristown

I literally held my hand over my heart I was so pleased with the wine list at Jockey Hollow in Morristown. And then there were the oysters — so fresh, so clean, so succulent. (Almost all from New Jersey, too.) […]