Author: Liz

cooking, entertaining

Brisket Supper

After all this travel and work, it was a pleasure to settle in for a long MLK Jr. weekend and do a little cooking. I made two recipes from the wonderful Canal House Cooks Every Day book, brisket and — […]

cooking, entertaining


Kris and Tom came over to celebrate Destinate! They brought a lovely bottle of Champagne, and we had this yummy, yummy Beef and Beans Chili with Chorizo. It’s a chili kind of night. #sourcherryfarm #nyack #southnyack #chili A photo posted […]


Beef and Chorizo Chili with Beans

A dusting of snow on the ground, a fire in the fireplace and this chili in our bowls. Welcome, winter. Beef and Chorizo Chili with Beans 2 pounds ground sirloin 3 links chorizo (about 1/2 pound) 1 tablespoon olive oil […]


Tappan Zee Bridge in Progress

Seen from my walk along the Esposito Rail Trail. It’s really coming along! Related posts: Left Coast Lifter on the Tappan Zee Bridge Looking Up at the Tappan Zee Bridge Superstructure A Foggy Commute Across the Tappan Zee Bridge A […]


Hendricks in Manhattan

No, not the gin. The restaurant. And it’s where I met the girls for a good catch-up. An Old Fashioned was in order. Kelly, Liz, Boo and Mel. Posing with a sweet gift from Ed, a congratulations for my Destinate win. […]


Newark Penn Station

Traveling back from DC to Newark Penn, I had a few minutes to spare while waiting for my ride. What a gorgeous old bird this place is. Astrological signs, just like in Grand Central. Old wooden benches. Such hope and […]


Wildfire in McLean

It’s time to celebrate! Our team had a big win, getting the top prize in the Gannett Innovation Challenge with Destinate! Here we are, celebrating with Team Nashvillle, too. And here’s the Rochester crew! A big-ass New York Strip: Creamed […]


Destinate Wins!

Destinate, the mobile-first website that helps hungry travelers find great local restaurants close to highway exits, has won the second annual Gannett Innovation Challenge! Ready to kill it! Breakfast at corporate: Here we go! Hi. I’m next! Yes. Ready. Let […]


Founding Farmers in Tysons, Va.

Dinner with the Destinate crew and Founding Farmers in Tysons. We picked a great one. What else would you expect from a group of food writers! What a beautiful bar! And here’s half of our crew. Unfortunately, I missed out […]


Down to DC

The presentation has been written and rehearsed. The Power Point has been tweaked and perfected. After months of work, it’s time to present our Innovation Lab project, Destinate. Heading down to DC — a case of hard apple cider packed in […]


Happy Birthday James!

A Star Wars birthday party for baby James. Who isn’t much of a baby anymore, we have to say! Cool stormtrooper marshmallows! May the Fourth be with you! Joaquin and Gregory: Otis in the house! Sara and Katie: Tom, Michael and […]

family, garden

Snowy Afternoon

A few inches of very light and fluffy snow, and we play. Snow, slo-mo! #sourcherryfarm #snow #lohudsnow #nyack #southnyack A video posted by Liz Johnson (@sourcherryfarm) on Jan 7, 2017 at 2:56pm PST Catch it on your tongue, Sam! Can […]


La Masseria in Manhattan

An excellent, excellent tagliatelle alla Bolognese at La Masserie on 48th Street in Midtown. We truly loved it! Tagliatelle alla Bolognese. #nyc #pretheatre #lohudfood #northjerseyeats #sourcherryfarm #manhattan A video posted by Liz Johnson (@sourcherryfarm) on Jan 5, 2017 at 3:10pm PST […]

entertaining, family

Happy New Year!

Suzie and Joe’s annual New Year’s party was warm and welcoming, with tasty bloody marys and a tour through the cuisine of the South, from gumbo and collards to ham and biscuits. Sam and Henry: Hunna, Irene and Tom: Other […]

family, outings

The Tree at Rockefeller Center

Here’s our annual trip to see the tree. A nice one this year, to be sure! Selfie with Irene. Tree and ice skaters. Sam and Hunna. Les Dorkages. Confetti and broken cups from last’s revelry. Happy New Year! Related posts: BDoF: […]


Bill’s Burgers

Let’s start this New Year off right! Burgers at Bill’s! And a beer, naturally. Bill’s Burger with the works. Delishy! OK, we’ll throw in a few greens. Kale, because Irene is dining with us: Gotta admit Mel, that’s a fine […]


To MoMA, for Design and Art

As has been our custom over the past few years, we headed to Manhattan on New Year’s morning, for a little sightseeing and lunch. This year, we added the Museum of Modern Art to our itinerary. Greg was interested in […]

cooking, entertaining

New Year’s Eve 2016-2017

A low-key New Year’s Eve this year. Irene brought over Sazeracs and we enjoyed cedar plank salmon, lentils and greens. For luck, of course! Suerte! Technique: How to make cedar-plank salmon in the oven. Grilling: Cedar-plank salmon outdoors OK, so […]


Crispy Oven-Roasted Chicken Thighs

What a revelation! An easy, set-it-and-forget-it recipe that turns out 12 beautifully crispy, juicy chicken thighs + a lemony sauce in about 45 minutes. You just cut an onion and throw it in a pan with some garlic, rosemary and […]


Chilies Rellenos at El Cunao

El Cunao, a new Mexican restaurant in Nyack, is just blowing the doors off everybody! Check out this dish, chilies rellenos! And the quesadilla! Just, wow! Related posts: Torta at El Cunao Recipe: Posole with New Mexican Chilies Saturday Night at […]


Warning! This Pyrex Dish Shattered in the Oven

Here’s something I can’t believe actually happened: Our Pyrex dish shattered inside our oven, splintering into glass that littered the oven floor and exploded chicken jus all over the walls and glass. Do you see all the pieces?  We were […]


Gorgeous Sunset

Simply beautiful sunset at the farm this evening! Oranges! Pinks! Purple! Related posts: Gorgeous Sunset Saturday Night at the Farm: Margies, Movies and a Marvelous Sunset A Beautiful March Sunset On the Longest Day of the Year, Rosé and a […]


Vintage Wallpaper at the Farm

While cleaning the radiator one afternoon, I found this wallpaper peeling from the wall behind it. I think it’s super-cool! We are debating about what to do with it. A fabric, perhaps, on Spoonflower?  Comments and suggestions welcome! Related posts: […]



Just in from Texas: A big batch of homemade tamales! Laurie and her mom, Stella — whom SCF fans may remember from such recipes as Stella’s Potato Salad — made the tamales together and sent them up via FedEx. What a […]

family, outings

Lunch on Arthur Avenue

What a wonderful, warm winter day to visit Arthur Avenue! We walked over from the New York Botanical Garden — and almost stopped to slurp a few raw clams at Cosenza’s.  Decided against it, though, in favor of wood-fired pizza […]


Pizza and a Big Puzzle

After our morning trip to Bear Mountain, we headed home for a lazy Boxing Day. We did a big — 100 piece! — puzzle, a Christmas gift from Sarah to Sam. Then Hunna dusted off his homemade pizza recipe and […]


Merry Christmas 2016!

A wonderfully quiet, laid-back day, with gifts, breakfast and a brisk walk around Rockland Lake. Santa brought Sam a robot! Hunna wins the wrapping contest once again. Just gorgeous! Hunna, Sam, Boo. Post-present relaxation. Sondra and Leigh join us for […]