Recent posts


Progress in the Orchards

The apples are blossoming, the cherries are forming and the apricots are looking great. Here’s a look: Related posts: Spring at the Farm: Asparagus, Apples and Sour Cherries


Recipe: Chocolate Toffee Cookies

Sarah turned me on to the Smitten Kitchen web site, where there are a lot of good vegetarian recipes and tons and tons of sweets. That girl likes to bake! I normally don’t like to bake, but these cookies are […]


Get Thee to The Cookery

I had a lovely supper with Marissa and Boo at The Cookery. We even tried lambs brains ravioli! I wasn’t too keen on it, but you know what? It tastes like butter. Related posts: Recipe for Easter Pie, Step-by-Step


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 […]