Author: Liz


Recipe: Cilantro Rice with Peas

Another winner from Martha Stewart Living. Part of a whole meal idea, too: it goes great with Jalapeno Garlic Shrimp and Mango-Radish Salad. Related posts: Recipe: Jalapeno-Garlic Shrimp Quick Barbecue Sauce Flank Steak with Garlic and Herbs Dry Rub for […]


Dancing Country at the Broken Spoke

The Broken Spoke is an Austin institution; the last of the true country dance halls; the home of honky tonk. It’s been around for more than 40 years, and it hasn’t changed a bit. This is both a good and […]


Dinner at La Condesa in Austin

On Saturday night, the adults got some of their own fun time. First, we headed to supper at La Condesa, a new-ish modern Mexican restaurant downtown. Wow. Was that food amazing. Related posts: Step 1: Arrive in Austin. Step 2: […]


Supper with the Whole Gang

Jessica and Kelly hosted the whole family for dinner on Friday night, including Sarah and Mae and Jane, and Kelly’s brother and sister-in-law Brady and Karen and their two girls. You might say it was a family reunion of sorts. […]


Lunch at Frank: Hot Dogs of All Kinds

Sarah and the girls and I headed to Frank, the artisan hot dog place in Austin, for lunch on Thursday. All in all, good food. But something about the atmosphere was a little annoying. For one thing, it was super-loud. […]


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. Related posts: Dry Rub for Barbecue Flank Steak with Garlic and […]


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 […]


At the Bar at Mima, Book in Hand

It had been quite a while since I visited Mima in Irvington, so a couple of Fridays ago, I took my book to the bar and had some wine while I waited for Kelli to finish putting her children to […]


Antoine McGuire’s in Haverstraw

Another in the fine line of Small Bites products: First Taste: Antoine McGuire’s in Haverstraw. SCF fans, please enjoy again. My first thought when leaving Antoine McGuire’s a few weeks ago? When can I come back? That’s a good sign […]


Iron Pizza Chef: Pizza Night in America

It’s Pizza Night in America, folks. And normally, that means we can expect a pepperoni-olive from our man Gregory. But not today folks.  I was shocked — shocked — to see that Greg strayed from his usual. Related posts: Crock Pot […]


Easter Brunch at the Hudson House

Small Bites fans will also recognize the food in this post, which I first wrote here: Brunch at the Hudson House in Nyack. But SCF fans also get the bonus of family photos. Hold on. That is a bonus, right? […]


A Very Nice Dinner at Juniper in Hastings

Small Bites fans will recognize this supper, which I posted about over there quite a while back: First Taste: Juniper in Hastings-on-Hudson. Here it is again for SCF fans: Juniper, the new bistro-cafe in Hastings-on-Hudson, is a gem of a […]


Dinner at Birdsall House in Peekskill

Small Bites fans will recognize this post, but here it is again for SCF. I’m in love with Westchester’s newest gastropub: Birdsall House. Owners John Sharp and Tim Reinke, along with chef Matt Hutchins, have found just the right balance […]


Baseball with Fisher; Legos with Reece

Next stop on the Austin visit — Jessica and Kelly’s house. We settled in and caught up briefly, and then headed out to Fischer’s baseball game. Related posts: Flank Steak with Garlic and Herbs Iron Pizza Chef: Pizza Night in […]


Supper with Chris

Some SCF fans may already know that Leigh was in the hospital for 19 days in April. He’s just fine now, thank goodness. During those 19 days, Sondra spent many a night in the hospital. And for one weekend, Chris […]


Fried Chicken Saturday Night Supper

We were looking for supper from the freezer and after discovering a couple packages of drumsticks and chicken breasts that needed to be eaten, we knew we had a contender: Fried Chicken. I waffled with making Southern-style and serve it […]


Flank Steak with Garlic and Herbs

Flank Steak 5 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh rosemary 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh thyme 1 tablespoon fennel seeds 5 tablespoons olive oil Salt and Pepper 1 (1 1/2 pound) flank steak Prepare a grill for high […]

cocktails, recipes

Watermelon-Basil Mojitos

  Watemelon-Basil Mojitos 1/4 large watermelon (about 2 to 3 cups) 1 cup basil leaves, loosely packed 3/4 cup lime juice 1/4 cup simple syrup 1 cup rum Club soda Put the watermelon in a large pitcher. Add the basil […]


Crock Pot Caramelized Onions

Originally accompanied this post on French Onion Soup. PrintCrock Pot Caramelized Onions Ingredients1/4 cup unsalted butter 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons beef or veal demi glace 3 tablespoons sherry 1 tablespoons brown sugar About 10 onions, sliced, […]