Author: Liz


Saturday in Nyack

A relaxing and fun day with Samantha. First, she got dressed and put sunscreen on all by herself! She is reading to me. Blueberries are well on their way! Cherry tree, too. A walk downtown: To see the adventure pop […]


Porch Party!

A gorgeous evening for friends and fun on the porch. Salad and meat, of course! An evening of laughs as always. Related posts: Supper on the Porch: Cedar Plank Salmon and Strawberry-Kale Salad BLTs on the Porch On the Porch […]


A Hot Day — and No School

We were supposed to have a school trip to the Bronx Zoo. But a freak accident happened: a tree fell across the road in front of the school. School was cancelled, and therefore, so was the trip. First order of […]


Casa Mono in Manhattan

Tapas! I remember what a revolution Casa Mono was when it opened; bringing to the main stream not only to Spanish tapas, but also to innovating and exciting dishes like cocks combs. It has always been a favorite of mine. […]


The Crosby in Montclair

The Crosby is a new-ish spot in Montclair — a great spot for drinks, especially considering how few places have liquor licenses in New Jersey. The space is open and airy, and the cocktail menu was creatively devised (bonus: the drinks are […]


Burgers for Mother’s Day

Burgers on Mother’s Day is our annual tradition. The rite is in honor of Grandmom, who used to say “I can’t remember the last time I had a hamburger!,” even if she’d had one the night before. Our only twist […]


Hive Inspection

Not our first hive inspection. We did one in April, saw swarm cells, and moved the queen and some brood to a new hive. This is what we’re seeing now. Drone cells. This seems OK to me in a hive […]


Happy Sixth Birthday to Claire!

This is the kind of birthday party I can get behind: kids play games, adults drink wine. Seriously, though, Pat and Jane did a super job making a carnival theme for Claire’s sixth birthday. A can toss, gum ball count, whipped-cream eating […]


Rainy Day Fun

A rainy day outside, so we make fun inside. Related posts: Rainy Day Adventures! A Ferry to the North Fork The Headband Game! Where Do You Live? ‘Sour Cherry Farm!’ Horsing Around on the Porch


Rum House in Manhattan

My friend Travis is in town, so we met for drinks before his curtain for The Great Comet. I loved having post-theater cocktails at the Rum House in the fall, so suggested we meet there. Turns out, Travis and his husband, […]


Spring at the Nyack Farmers Market

The spring season is in full swing now at the market. Asparagus is in, so are ramps. And I found a very special treat there today. Morels! Love my Larchmont charcuterie. Gorgeous lilacs. Related posts: Spring at the Nyack Farmers […]


Jack’s Lobster Shack in Edgewater

I never thought I’d say this. At Jack’s Lobster Shack in Edgewater, I favor the Connecticut-style lobster roll — that is, the one served warm with butter — over the Maine style. Heresy, I know! I have always, always preferred […]


Oratamin Clean Up Day

It’s time to open the club! The pool gate. The big field. Hanging swings. Cleaning up the pool.      Related posts: Oratamin Opener: Memorial Day Pig Roast at Oratamin Time to Clean the Snow off the Bee Hives Oratamin Supper


Hunan Taste in Denville

There’s quite a spectacle of a restaurant in downtown Denville. Hunan Taste, which has been around since 1986, presents the full-on, high-end Chinese dining experience. It was named best Chinese restaurant in the state by The Daily Meal. The menu […]


Big Day of Birthday Fun

A big city day to celebrate my birthday. First, a trip to MoMA, then lunch at The Modern, a matinee, and dinner at a barbecue joint. We even had a nightcap back in Nyack. Day drinking! Gin cocktail, with apricot, […]


A Visit to MoMA

MoMA is of our favorite museums, so we don’t really need an excuse to go. But this exhibit, Making Space: Women and Post-War Abstraction, was particularly intriguing. It showcased the work of women artists between post-World War II and the start of […]


A Birthday Supper

A little get-together with Sondra and Leigh to celebrate the day I came into this world. Mint Juleps, of course. A very nice rioja. Table set. Steak, salad, asparagus. No carbs! No photos of people this time. I need to […]


Julep Season

Even though we’re a week before the Derby, Mint julep season has opened. My perch. Bourbon and bees. Mint julep recipe: Mint Juleps for a Crowd Serves 4 (you can double or triple, even) 1 big bunch mint, tops cut […]


Drinks at 3 Westerly in Ossining

Mary, Bill, Ed and I had drinks at this new waterfront restaurant. I neglected to take photos of the food (which was fine) or my friends (who are funny), but I do have here a portrait of a much-needed Friday […]


Record Fridays: Dan Makes Milkshakes

Dan has brought in his favorite toy: a cooler with a blender built right into it. He is demonstrating it by making milkshakes for the newsroom. Because that’s what we do on Record Fridays. Supplies. Blending.      Record Fridays. […]


A Lazy Sunday

A little window shopping, a little backyard wine. Just right for a Sunday. Related posts: A Lazy Sunday and a Walk A Lazy Sunday with Croissants and Sound of Music Sunday Morning Play Sunday Supper at the Farm


Garden Update: Planting Radishes

We have a helper in the fields this year! Here’s Sammy, laying down a row of radishes. Water, soil, sun. Watch them grow. The rest of the garden is humming along nicely. Lilacs: Tulips, a birthday present for Sam from […]


New Jersey Press Association Awards Dinner

The Record took home a great number of awards from this contest. Dan and Nancy have a drink in the courtyard. It’s a big open barn. NJPA. The crew: Congrats to all the winners! Related posts: ‘Dey can’t do dis’: […]


Bulbs are Blooming

The garden is exploding! Lots of cherry blossoms; fingers crossed for a good year! Tulips. Hyacinth., Welcome, spring! Related posts: Progress in the Fields: The Farm Gets Bulbs Bulbs Blooming at the Farm Planting Bulbs at SCF Planting Bulbs in […]


Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, everbody. We did the usual: church, a meal, a quiet afternoon. Well look at that! The Easter bunny brought a basket for Samantha! The altar is all flowers. Our little girl is getting so big. Family. An egg hunt […]


Garden Update

The daffodils are really coming into their own. It’s nice enough to have dinner on the lawn! A view from above. Related posts: Update on the Garden: Lilacs, Flower Quince, Daffodils and More Spring Garden Update and the Patio’s First […]


Egg Hunt in South Nyack

The village hosts an egg hunt each Easter weekend. It’s more of a free-for-all than an actual hunt. But the kids have fun. ck Related posts: Easter Sunday: Church and Egg Hunt On the Hunt for Blueberries On the Hunt for […]


Simple Smoked Ham

A simple recipe for smoked ham, perfect for Easter, Christmas or any holiday. Adapted from Michael Ruhlman’s recipe for American-Style Brown Sugar-Glazed Holiday Ham in Charcuterie. Side view: Simple Smoked Ham For the brine 1 gallon/4 liters water 1 1/2 […]