Author: Liz

Porta Napoli in Harrison
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 […]

The Blizzard of January, 2016
family, garden

The Blizzard of January, 2016

Well, it finally came. This warm, snow-less winter came to a screeching halt Saturday morning.  Luckily, we were prepared, and had Joan Nathan’s Brisket recipe at our fingertips.  And a new (used) snowblower in the garage: The snow settled in […]

Playing Checkers
family

Playing Checkers

One of Sam’s (many) Christmas presents was a chess-checkers game. Greg has been enjoying teaching her some strategy: Related posts: Sam’s First Swim Merry Christmas! Playing in the Sandbox Playing with Blocks on the Porch

Salon Planning
entertaining

Salon Planning

Irene and I are persistent. After our jaunt to Questlove’s Food Salon in November, we are determined to launch our own Nyack salon. Food, art, music, creativity, smarts. The works. So we got a group of people together to start […]

The Family Fruits
family

The Family Fruits

Sam and Greg were messing around with crayons one night after work and came up with these really fun drawings. Bravo, family. Bravo. Related posts: Easter 2013: Ham, Potatoes and Pineapple Bake! And Family, of Course How Can One Family […]

Chicken Shawarma Recipe
recipes

Chicken Shawarma Recipe

A chicken shawarma recipe has been haunting me. It looks so damn good on the New York Times cooking site. Go ahead, take a look. It’s here: Chicken shawarma recipe. After I clicked on it once, I saved it to my […]

Greenburgh Nature Center
family

Greenburgh Nature Center

Somehow, we’ve made it through four years without a visit to the Greenburgh Nature Center. That ends today. It’s actually a fine, fun little place. Inside, upstairs, there are various small animals that kids can see and even touch: Turtle […]

The Boulevardier
cocktails, recipes

The Boulevardier

We came across The Boulevardier recipe in The Essential New York Times Book of Cocktails. We highly recommend the book; it’s a great addition to any cocktailian’s library. The Boulevardier 4 ounces rye or bourbon 2 ounces Campari 2 ounces sweet […]

Kishuya in Hartsdale
restaurants

Kishuya in Hartsdale

Another new ramen place has opened in Westchester, and so we paid a visit. Dumplings: Saturday lunch crowd: Little girl and her bear: A little tea, thank you. The pork buns were pretty good, but not outstanding. Too tough, not […]

A Fun Day at Work
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A Fun Day at Work

A super-fun day at work — fun enough to share with all of you! We had recognition of work well done at our morning meeting, and some folks got prizes (including an Apple Watch!). In the afternoon, we tried our […]

Chickadee!
garden

Chickadee!

We’re getting lots of chickadees and woodpeckers on our suet feeder outside the big kitchen window. It’s such a pleasure seeing them every morning. Related posts: Sunday Morning Play Sunrise at the Farm Post Labor Day G&T (With a Gin […]

Hoppin’ John
entertaining

Hoppin’ John

Yes, we had black eyed peas on New Year’s Day at Suzie and Joe’s. When it comes to luck, we’re not taking any chances. We made our favorite hoppin’ John recipe, but mixed it up with the new recipe we came […]

New Year’s Day in NYC
outings

New Year’s Day in NYC

We had such a fun time going to Rockefeller Center last New Year’s Day that we decided to repeat the experience. Burgers at Bill’s, then a trip to the tree — and we even threw in St. Patrick’s Cathedral this […]

New Year’s Eve 2015-6
entertaining

New Year’s Eve 2015-6

A veritable feast at Irene’s house this year to celebrate New Year’s Eve.  Four courses, lots of champagne and lots of good friends. First, the last sunset of 2015: And an adorable red coat that Jif gave me when Sam was […]

Spring in December
garden

Spring in December

Things are sprouting that should not be sprouting. Here are all the spring flowers I saw on my walk today, starting with the chervil in our very own garden: Coneflower buds: ‘ Dianthus: Sedum buds: Daisies: Vinca: Kind of outrageous, […]

Quiet Family Dinner
family

Quiet Family Dinner

First, a bit of Legos with Dad, then a mussels-chorizo dinner on our own. A nice evening to wind down the holidays. Related posts: A Quiet Weekend at the Farm Family Dinner: We Are Doing This Thing At Sibley Park […]

Breakfast Strata
recipes

Breakfast Strata

The last thing you want to do when you wake up on Christmas morning is cook. So make your breakfast the night before. How does egg, spinach, sausage and cheese sound? I’ve made this Christmas breakfast strata recipe a few times, […]

Pumpkin Bread
recipes

Pumpkin Bread

There’s something very Christmas-y about baking a loaf of pumpkin bread. It fills the house with the aroma of those winter-warm spices while it’s cooking, and afterwards, becomes the oh-I’ll-just-sneak-a-taste snack cake you just need to have lying around over […]