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A Simple Barbecue at the Farm

Barbecue at the farm — without 8 hours tending to the smoker? Easy. Q Restaurant. We’ve tried the food from the Port Chester original, but this time, we picked up ribs and pulled pork from the Mount Kisco outpost. Just as good. And I do love those collards.

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20:58:00 on 06/20/09 by liz - General -

Kansas City Barbecue Sauce

Way before we bought The Farm, Greg adopted this sauce as the standard at 78 Burd Street, having conducted extensive tasting experiments on guests of all flavors. The point is this: With real, honest-to-God barbecue, you put the sauce on the meat after it comes off the grill, not while it's cooking. And you never ever serve barbecue without sauce. The sauce, you see, is important because it draws out and completes the flavor of the barbecue. In other words, don't even think of serving barbecue without a good sauce on the side. Unless, of course, it’s Texas brisket.

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11:33:00 on 05/19/06 by liz - Recipes -

Ironworks Barbecue

After the Thomas trip, the gang stopped for lunch at Iron Horse Barbecue. Isn’t this ice chest cool?

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08:09:00 on 10/12/07 by liz - Restaurants -

The Farm Smokes Some Butts

SCF busted out the smoker for the first time in 2010 for a big-ass batch of pulled pork. We smoked 5 Boston Butts (pork shoulders) in all, which started out about 36 pounds and ended up yielding 16 pounds of porky goodness.

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17:38:00 on 03/28/10 by liz - Cooking -

Dry Rub for Barbecue

When we used this recipe from The Cook's Illustrated Guide To Grilling And Barbecue to season 5 pork shoulders, we doubled this recipe and ended up with just the right amoung. For 1 pork shoulder, this should do, and you’ll have leftovers.

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17:13:00 on 03/28/10 by liz - Recipes -

Quick Barbecue Sauce

A great all-around barbecue sauce from The Cook’s Illustrated Guide to Grilling and Barbecue. It tastes like it took all day to make, but it is really quite simple.

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17:34:00 on 03/28/10 by liz - Recipes -

Dry Rub for Pork or Chicken Barbecue

Chef Paul Kirk, a barbecue king from Kansas City, says one should balance the sugar and salt in a rub and add paprika for color, chili powder for flavor and a touch of mustard "just because." From there, it’s up to you. This is Kirk's master recipe, as published in Saveur magazine, May/June 1998, but by this point, I always mess with it, depending on my mood. And I usually double it for leftovers.

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11:28:00 on 05/19/06 by liz - Recipes -

What is Cochon de Lait?

It's an exotic name for a pork barbecue sandwich...but WHAT a sandwich. The six-year-old member of our dining party declared it "the best sandwich ever" and who are we to argue?

11:19:33 on 02/03/07 by heather - General -

Introducing Sarah to Korean Food

Loyal readers may remember back in April when Sour Cherry Farm headed to Yonkers for a Korean feast. We stayed on the west side of the Hudson this time, and took Sarah just down the road to Bergen County.

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22:12:00 on 07/22/06 by liz - Restaurants -

Stuart's Fish Market in Amagansett

The plan after Channing Daughters was to pick up some barbecue at Town Line Barbecue (warning: very annoying music), open up a couple bottles of Channing Daughters rose and head for the beach. Of course, this being the week of crap weather, that didn’t work out for us in any way, shape of form. We ended up at Stuart’s Fish Market in Amagansett. The local oysters were amazing:

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16:10:00 on 05/06/09 by liz - General -

Barbecue: The Real Deal (Plus, a Mini Farmers Market Loot)

After our romp through the fields at Schwenk Farm, we were ready for lunch. Having been disappointed with our first barbecue experience, we knew where to head. I mean, just look at those smokers.

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11:43:00 on 07/08/06 by liz - General -

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Beans

Naturally a lot of our barbecue recipes come from John Stage. He and Abigail Doyle — his partner and manager extraordinaire — made our wedding one damn amazing party. Sometimes we want to curse this cookbook, "Dinosaur Bar-B-Que: An American Roadhouse," which John wrote with Nancy Radke, because it's constantly refering to other recipes: Mutha Sauce, Creole Seasoning, etc. etc. But just make a big-assed bunch of those condiments in the beginning of the summer and you'll be set for many a party.

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11:38:00 on 05/19/06 by liz - Recipes -

Sour Cherry Farm's Barbecue Opener

We had smoked baby back ribs, Dinosaur beans, ‘tater salad and slaw last weekend. It must be summer.

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12:26:00 on 05/20/06 by liz - Cooking -

Friday Night Sips and Snacks

We perfected the recipe for the badminton cocktail on Friday night, while snacking on strawberries and Lisa's goat cheese.

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11:22:00 on 05/02/08 by liz - General -

The Top Ten Delicious Things About Korean Food

1. Panchan. 2. Sushi. 3. Chili. 4. Garlic. 5. Broth. 6. Crispy Rice. 7. Kimchee. 8. Egg. 9. Barbecue. 10. Umami.

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12:10:00 on 04/29/06 by liz - Restaurants -

Magic Hour is Freezing, But We Persevere

Well. You can’t blame us for trying:

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17:17:00 on 05/06/09 by liz - General -

Fancy Barbecue at Lamberts

For our one nighttime meal out, we decided to do fancy barbecue at Lamberts, a hip restaurant downtown that serves delicious food downstairs and presents cool music upstairs. It’s in a historical building that used to house the first general store in Austin.

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23:06:00 on 02/05/09 by liz - Restaurants -

Dining at Dinosaur

Dinosaur Barbeque, the restaurant in Harlem, holds a very special place in the hearts of Sour Cherry Farm. When Greg and I got married, John Stage, the owner, and Abigail Doyle, the manager, rescued us. If it weren’t for them, there almost wouldn’t have been a wedding.

Sit down and I’ll tell you the story, but first, have a little something. Here’s a sampler of Dino’s delicious appetizers.

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17:06:00 on 09/07/06 by liz - Restaurants -

Errands and Barbecue

What would a trip to the South be without barbecue? We tried it while running errands at roadside stand that used to be called JJ’s, but is changing its name to Jans’.

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11:53:00 on 07/05/06 by liz - General -

Spicy Smoked Ribs

12:18:00 on 05/23/09 by liz - Recipes -

The Farm's First Harvest

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We had a lovely surprise for cocktail hour last night. The first harvest from the garden.

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16:03:00 on 04/28/06 by liz - Garden -

BDoF: Walking, Museum, Coffee, Walking

For the second part of our BDoF, Boo and did a bunch of walking. We headed to the Lower East Side and did a tour at the Tenement Museum, we stopped for coffee at Frankie’s 17 Sputino, and we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge at night. Here’s me, “Crossing Delancey.”

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16:47:00 on 02/22/10 by liz - General -

New Year’s Eve

The entire world goes to Central Market on New Year’s Eve, getting ready for their little dinner parties. Schmee.

Of course, we had to join the entire world. And we weren’t even having a dinner party. But being the food fools that we are, we wouldn’t dare go to Austin without a visit to two of its hallowed grounds of tourism: shopping at Central Market and barbecue in Lockhart.


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19:46:00 on 12/31/05 by liz - General -

Dinosaur Mutha Sauce

Make this early in the summer and use it for Dinosaur-style barbecues all season long. We like to store it in a big glass bottle and write on it with black magic maker: Mutha Sauce.

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11:39:00 on 05/19/06 by liz - Recipes -

Coming Up on Sour Cherry Farm

Forgive me, faithful Sour Cherry Farm readers. I’ve had three very busy weekends that have meant a lot more eating, drinking and living than usual — and so less time to spend reporting on such.

I promise in the next week, you’ll be caught up on such exciting escapades as:

Doris’ 80th birthday party (which includes an amazing reenactment of the time she killed a possum with an ice chipper),
Fish tacos at Bob and Ann’s,
Mother’s Day dinner with Sondra and Leigh,
Drinks at the Red Hat in Irvington,
Dinner at Restaurant X with Boo from Arizona (where we also did a Podcast),
Greg’s fight-to-the-finish with Crazy Scary,
and Sour Cherry Farm’s first summer barbecue, complete with baby back ribs on the smoker.

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I’ll catch up with these stories and a dinner a month ago at Blue Hill at Stone Barns over the next week or so.

Also during that time, Sour Cherry Farm also caught a Broadway play, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. (Hilarious. Don’t miss it with Norbert Leo Butz.) We discovered an amazing pre-theater spot for dinner. Click here to read more.

10:22:00 on 05/10/06 by liz - General -

Sweet Potato Salad

First served at Tessa's old house in Brookline, the day Boo bought her a silo smoker and we made pulled pork for a big Memorial Day barbecue.

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18:29:00 on 05/19/06 by liz - Recipes -

Watch Out for That Candle!

Little Sarah celebrated her first birthday in July, and Kelli and Patrick threw her a dinner party. Of course, she was in bed before the dinner party started, but, true to birthday form, she got to have dessert first.

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11:58:00 on 07/15/06 by liz - General -

Saturday Night Dinner at the Ranch, with Special Guests Sarah and Mae

Sarah is in town for a few days, along with her lovely and talented daughter Mae. We were all very happy to see them, natch. Sarah and Mae’s first appearance was at the Farm on Friday, where we had a barbecue with Mom, Leigh, Kelli, Patrick, Joe, Alex and Rory. Unfortunately, I did not take a single photograph. It’s been that kind of a week. I made up for it at the Ranch Saturday, where I took 24 pictures of a perfectly lovely summer evening dinner. Right, Sarah?

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10:28:00 on 08/04/07 by liz - Cooking -

Friends from Far Lands

Vacation in Tennesee over, we headed back to the farm, where traveling friends were seeking a respite. Thor and Cathy are the kind of people that you’d feel comfortable leaving in the kitchen, the orchard, the field or the bunkhouse — knowing they’d do the right thing.

Thor, for example, a former chef — whipped together this caprese salad with the first Sour Cherry Farm tomatoes and basil. We snacked on it with gin-gin mules on the porch, waiting for the chicken to come off the barbecue.

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22:53:00 on 07/10/06 by liz - Cooking -

Drunken Beans

Rancho Gordo’s cookbook again. He calls for using Pinto, Rio Zape, Red Appoloosa or Anasazi beans, but what I had on hand was Yellow Indian Woman beans. Delishy.... and making it into the repertoire, for sure.

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14:33:00 on 05/23/09 by liz - Recipes -

After T-Day, a Quiet Supper at The Ranch

Everyone was a bit worn out after the goings-on of Thanksgiving, so we settled in for an easy, quiet night at home on Friday. Here’s Alexis, enjoying her faux-Southern meal.

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10:40:00 on 11/23/07 by liz - General -

A Big Party for Hugh Edward O’Donnell

Hugh — whom SCF readers might remember from his birth annoucement in March — doesn’t get to be the center of attention much, what with two rambuctious older siblings. But on Saturday, it was his Christening, and he was in the spotlight. So was the Farm, a little. We were honored to be his Godparents.

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08:52:00 on 10/06/07 by liz - General -

Birfday Party at the Farm

I celebrated my birfday Saturday with lots of friends. Greg made 13 racks of baby back ribs (half Dinosaur served with Kansas City Barbecue Sauce and the other half Cuban ribs with a mango sauce); Kelli and Patrick brought the sweet potato salad; CynDee brought amazing guac; Laurel made her famous bean salad; Boo, Tasha and Shannon brought the wine; Tessa brought the cup cakes and Rory brought the beer and goat cheese (of course). Irene stopped by for a time, too. No need to go detail-by-detail with the photos — the evening progressed as usual: cocktails (Juleps for the Derby), conversation, dinner, dancing, performing. It ended with guitar by the fire. Here's a look.

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10:15:00 on 05/03/08 by liz - General -

Dinner and Drinks on the Deck

Joe and Alex took care of cooking on Saturday, serving chicken with Asian barbecue sauce, noodles with peanut sauce and corn. We also had a strawberry frisee salad using a recipe that I demo’ed at the Nyack Farmers Market the Thursday before. (Check out the video and the recipe on my work blog.) Joe started us off with English Muffin Pizzas.

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21:49:00 on 06/30/07 by liz - Cooking -

You Cain’t Git Tacos Laike This in Neuw Yorkk

I didn’t sleep much the night before my flight to Austin, so when nighttime fell, I was starting to feel downright exhausted. We decided it best to git some taikeout from the taco joint down the street. Oh mamamia. This is what livin’s all about.

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11:32:00 on 06/14/07 by liz - Restaurants -

Independence Day Dinner

The coolest thing about cooking at the cabin is that everyone helps. A little prepping here, a little cleaning there, and dinner is done.

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17:34:00 on 07/04/06 by liz - Cooking -

Gone Fishin'

After having been away the first two weekends in May — the first for my grandmother’s funeral and the second for Doris’ 80th birthday — and then hosting a barbecue for an out-of-town friend on the third, Sour Cherry Farm decided not to accept invitations of any sort for Memorial Day. We put the gone fishin' sign on the barn and, during the day, we caught up with the chores in the fields. At night, we did a whole lot of this:

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08:50:00 on 05/26/06 by liz - Cooking -

Friday Night Dance Party

What’s better than a Friday night dance party to start Labor Day weekend out right? After Greg, Tessa, Glenn and I shared a dinner of grilled chicken, mizuna greens, corn, tomatoes and salt potatoes (not to mention a bottle or two of wine), our shoulders started swaying and our feet started tapping. Soon, we doing the hustle. Really.

Here’s the table before the madness began.

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18:38:00 on 09/01/06 by liz - General -

Amazing Vietnamese Food

Yes there are a ton of taco joints in Austin, and barbecue is everywhere. But Yankees might not realize: There is also a big Vietnamese population in Austin, and there are the restaurants that go along with it. For lunch on Tuesday, we had some of the best Vietnamese food I've ever eaten at Thanh Nhi. The pho was sultry.

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14:06:00 on 02/03/09 by liz - Restaurants -

Dinner in the Orchard

For the second time in 2006, we’ve eaten among the Sour Cherry trees in the orchard. Last night, we shared the table with Sondra and Leigh.

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09:18:00 on 04/30/06 by liz - Cooking -

Babies and Burgers

Guess who turns one this week? A little boy named Charlie.

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14:10:00 on 06/10/06 by liz - General -

Shopping at the Chattanooga Farmers Market

Because these photos were taken on my new iPhone (yay!) they were not available for posting until I figured out how to download them. So here are a couple catch-up posts from Tennessee. First up, the Chattanooga Farmers Market. Pretty sunflowers.

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13:14:00 on 07/12/09 by liz - General -

Laying Down 17 Pounds of Sauerkraut

I've been hankering since last fall for choucroute, that Alsatian dish of bacon, pork belly, kielbasa and sausages on sauerkraut seasoned with juniper berries and riesling. And everybody says, when it comes to sauerkraut, there's no substitute for homemade.

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12:29:27 on 10/24/05 by greg - General -

An Enoteca in Austin

Circumstances took a giant dump on my birthday this year. So when we got back to Austin after burying my grandmother, we tried to put our happy faces on and make a little celebration. We chose Enoteca, one of the restaurants that’s making the South Congress neighborhood so cool.

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17:11:00 on 05/06/06 by liz - Restaurants -

Roxanne, You Don’t Have to Put on the Red Light

Those days are over. Some would say the Police’s days are over, too. But that was not evident on Aug. 5, when they played a greatest hits medley to the humanity — a crowd of 55,000 crazy people, including 7 of us.

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15:48:00 on 08/05/07 by liz - General -

Saturday Supper with the Family

Sarah and Wilson came out to meet us for dinner on Saturday, bringing with them grandmom and little Mae. Kelly’s brother and sister-in-law Brady and Karen also joined us, along with their two daughters. Fajitas were on the menu, and we started with hors d’oeuvres of scallops wrapped in bacon.

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23:35:00 on 10/13/07 by liz - Cooking -

Table Local Market Salad

Small Bites fans will know that I’ve already covered Table Local Market in Bedford on all my various platforms. (Blog post here, article here and video here.) You’ve probably also seen, then, that after my reporting, I made this salad here. It’s so good I thought I’d repost.

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10:29:00 on 04/09/09 by liz - Recipes -

Supper in the City with Boo and Jeff

Greg and I had two separate engagements in the city on Friday. He was heading to our friend Martini Pete’s bachelor dinner at Keene’s Steakhouse. I was on my way to supper at The Little Owl. Here’s my half of the journey.

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10:41:00 on 06/06/08 by liz - Restaurants -

A Food Tour of Flushing

Once you start poking around the Internet, it’s not so hard to quickly discover the best things to eat in a neighborhood. You’re never more than a few clicks away from knowing where to find juicy steamed duck buns; delicate, rich soup dumplings; and, to quote the New York Times, “noodles to boggle the mind.” SCF fans, here’s our trip to Flushing.

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13:30:00 on 11/04/09 by liz - Restaurants -

An Evening To Remember

We celebrated our 10th anniversary on Friday. No — you’re not going crazy. We were married five (and a half!) years ago. But we started dating just before Valentine’s Day in 1997. Of course we had to go to Xaviars. It’s where we were engaged, and where we had our wedding dinner.

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12:06:00 on 02/16/07 by liz - Restaurants -
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