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Five on Friday {3-12-21}

Happy Friday! It’s been a pretty uneventful week around here.  I am experiencing some neck pain and pain/numbness in my arms.  I’m self-diagnosing myself with a pinched nerve…..but I’m seeing a chiropractor this morning. It’s been a pretty painful couple of days, so hoping for some relief. Here are five from the past week: 

1. Eating – Falafel over rice from Alamidinah Market in Mohegan Lake. Since becoming vegetarian, I think falafel has become one of my favorite foods!  

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2. Reading – I am finishing up The Invisible Life of Addie Larue. It started off pretty slowly but has picked up enough to keep me interested. I’m hoping to finish it this weekend.  What are you reading?

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3. Watching – Last weekend we had a family movie night and watched The Trial of the Chicago 7 on Netflix.  I wasn’t a big fan. Have you watched anything good this week?

4. Cooking – We loved these fried eggplant sandwiches with fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers and sautéed broccoli rabe.  My kids called these “deli sandwiches” since we usually order something similar from our local deli.

5. Drinking – My favorite new coffee house drink is an iced chai latte.  This once I got at Mimi’s Coffee House in Mount Kisco.

ICYMI this week on the blog:

Tuesday I shared my February Reads.

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February Reads {2021}

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Even though February is a short month, I was able to get a good amount of books read. I’m really excited about my upcoming reads. I just brought home a bunch of books from the library that came in from my holds and I got approved on Netgalley for the new Chevy Stevens book that is being published in August. Here are my February reads that I’m sharing with Steph and Jana.

3 stars:

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Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman (January 2007, LGBT Romance) Taking place in the Italian Riviera, this book is the love story between 17 year-old Elio and his father’s research assistant, Oliver, who is staying with the family for 6 weeks during the summer. I didn’t like the characters or the writing style. However, it is a movie and I always prefer to read the book first.

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The Daydream Cabin by Carolyn Brown (December 2020, Contemporary Romance) School counselor Jayden Bennett agrees to fill in for her older sister as a counselor at Piney Wood Academy. She spends the eight weeks at this “last chance” camp for troubled teenage girls and ends up getting close to her colleague, Elijah. This was a feel-good story and I liked the storyline. However, I found it to be a little too religious for my liking.

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Get Lucky by Katherine Center (April 2010, Contemporary Fiction) Sarah Harper gets fired from her job in NYC and moves back home to Houston. She decides to become a surrogate for her sister, Mackie, who is unable to sustain a pregnancy. These events bring up issues that Harper must deal with. This is one of Center’s earlier books. While it was an enjoyable enough read, I prefer her newer books more.

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The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin (March 2019, Nonfiction/Organization) After watching the show on Netflix, I wanted to check out the books. The pictures are gorgeous and give me organization envy. However, overall I didn’t find the book very useful for my needs.

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Unplugged by Gordon Korman (January 2021, Middle Grade/Realistic Fiction) Jett Baranov is the son of a tech billionaire. Due to his bad behavior, he is sent to a wellness camp, where electronics aren’t allowed. The other kids think he’s a spoiled brat. But when he finds a baby lizard, it becomes a group effort to keep it hidden from the adults. I am an adult reading middle grade fiction, so not sure how much my opinion really counts. But I found this to be an overall “eh” read.

4 stars

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Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger (October 2020, Thriller/Suspense) When her train is stuck on the tracks, Selena Murphy ends up connecting with the woman next to her. Martha shares a secret with Selena and in return, Selena confesses that she thinks her husband is sleeping with their nanny. A few days later, the nanny is missing and Martha is texting Selena. That is when the book starts a roller coaster of a ride. Told through multiple POV, this book has lots of twists.

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Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros (March 2020, Middle Grade, Social Justice) Efrén is a middle school student with two younger siblings, who are all American-born. But one day, his undocumented mother is deported to Mexico. While his father works multiple jobs to try to earn enough money to bring Efrén’s mom back, Efrén must step up to help take care of his siblings. This was the first middle grade book I’ve read that focuses on undocumented immigrants. It depicts the stress that deportation has on a family and is a relevant read for middle school readers.

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A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson (May 2019, YA/Mystery/Suspense) Teenager, Andie Bell, was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh. Five years later, Pippa Fitz-Amobi chooses this case for her Senior Capstone Project. While completing research for her project, she ends up unearthing secrets people have tried to keep hidden. This leads her to believe maybe Sal was innocent. This was an enjoyable teen mystery.

5 Stars:

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The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune (March 2020, Fantasy) Linus Baker is a case worker at the Department in charge of Magical Youth. Upper Management sends him to Marysas Island to investigate the six, “dangerous children” that reside there. I had no idea what this book was about before reading it. However, I ended up loving everything about it – the characters, the island, the writing and the lessons and takeaways.

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Five on Friday {Hello Weekend!}

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Hello Friday! So happy for the weekend! It’s been super crazy at work so I’m looking forward to some rest and relaxation! Here are five from the past week:  

1. Eating – Last weekend I took my daughter to the Jefferson Valley Mall to get sneakers and a new mouth guard because she’s playing on a field hockey league that starts this weekend. There are not many food options in the mall, but there are always some food trucks outside.  She saw this Mac and Cheese grilled cheese and had to try it.  I had a bite and it was really good!

Last weekend my husband and I also went on a lunch date to Little Drunken Chef in Mount Kisco. They have a large vegetarian menu and we enjoyed sharing some dishes including these mushroom ravioli. I know you can’t see them, but there were two giant mushroom ravioli under all those leeks, mushrooms and peas.

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2. Reading – I am finishing When I Was You by Amber Garza.  It’s a suspense/mystery with lots of twists. I’m enjoying it and should finish today. I have picked up so many books from the library over the past two weeks and I just got approved for a NetGalley book that I want to read….so not sure what I’ll be reading next.

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3. Watching – My husband and I have found a new show that we are watching together. We started the first season of Billions on Amazon last weekend and are one episode away from finishing it.  I know a week may not be a binge for some, but there are some weeks where I watch hardly any television! I have also started watching Ginny and Georgia (Netflix). My daughter binge watched the season in a couple of days (she’s a professional binge watcher, LOL!). I like being able to connect with her and try to read/watch some of the same stuff that she has.

4. Cooking – This week one of our favorite meals was this Pasta with Roasted Chickpeas, Cauliflower and Spinach

5. COVID Vaccine – Sunday I got my first dose of the COVID vaccine.  It took awhile for me to get on board with getting it, but I finally decided to do it. I want to be able to travel and allegedly, two weeks after you’ve gotten your second vaccine you don’t need to quarantine if exposed. 

ICYMI this week on the blog:

Wednesday I shared 5 Questions With Hudson Green.

Sharing with Friday Favorites!  Have a great weekend!

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5 Questions With: Hudson Green

Photo c/o Hudson Green

We are bringing back our “5 Questions With…..” series, but focusing on spotlighting local Hudson Valley businesses and people. Kicking off our local series is 5 Questions with Hudson Green. Hudson Green is a local Westchester County family owned and operated business. This plant-based food company is run by Maria Rama and her son Will Reiter. Launched in 2018, Hudson Green currently sells two plant-based sauces, Meatless Bolognese and Velvet Vodka.

Hudson Green’s Meatless Bolognese sauce. Photo c/o Hudson Green.

Maria grew up in the restaurant business and has extensive experience in the food industry. Not only does she and her son make and sell their sauces, but she creates recipes, found on the Hudson Green website, that incorporate the sauces.

1.  I know starting a business is not a quick and  easy endeavor.What was the inspiration behind Hudson Green and how long did it take for you to go from the concept to creating your first sauce, the Bolognese?

I’ve worked in the food business as a cookbook author, account executive for Sunkist Growers, Tabasco Pepper Sauce, Korbel Champaign, and served as a consumer advocate and food spokesperson for nearly my entire professional life. After my dear husband Mark nearly suffered a heart attack, he made the life-saving decision to become a vegan. As the head chef in our household, and even though I was proficient in the kitchen, I had to learn how to make satisfying and delicious plant-based dishes, that were also fat free or at least had very little fat, including vegetable oils. This undertaking was tricky, even with my cooking skills. Prior to his illness, I’d just released my sixth cookbook, Bacon Nation, which gives you an idea of my cooking experience and my prejudices for using flavorful, umami rich fats in all of my cooking. Like so many others, we thought we were eating well and healthfully, but we weren’t. To save Mark’s life, I had to completely relearn how to cook.

One of the most delicious and useful dishes I created was a recipe for a Meatless 6-Vegetable Bolognese. It was a basket of vegetables in a pot, caramelized in very little oil, seasoned with spices like fennel, nutmeg, nutritional yeast and sun-dried tomatoes, and I added walnuts for a little protein and to give it a meat-like “bite.” It was so thick and delicious, and I used it to stuff peppers, make vegetable chilis, even lentil burgers. I had kind of a “eureka” moment in my kitchen. I thought, “This sauce is so good and so unique, maybe others looking for healthy and delicious plant-based sauces might want to buy it.”  That began my journey to create a recipe that could be scaled up, manufactured and safely jarred. I had no experience as a product developer and it took me the better part of a year to complete this part of my journey. I was helped by Cornell Food Venture Center, the New York State institute that approves all shelf-stable jarred goods before they can be sold in the U.S.

2.  Hudson Green is a family business.  What is it like working with your son?

This is an interesting question. I love working with my son, Will, and believe we’ve gotten to know each other much better through this business. It’s good that we bring different skill sets that can tackle and solve different problems. I focus on recipe and product development and manufacturing. I’m also a people person and love connecting with our customers. But my computer skills are limited, and so Will manages all the back office work, including our online Amazon sales. Also, he’s a lawyer, and he reads and amends all our contracts with the people and companies we work with, such as our broker, our co-packer, our vendors, our distributors. I very much admire how he’s trained to think more cautiously than I am. I’ll say let’s do this, and he’ll give me the smart and practical reasons that temper my enthusiasm. I think we make a good team.

3. You are a best selling cookbook author, have trained as a pastry chef, worked as a food stylist and as an account executive for major food brands.  Who/what influenced you to enter the food industry and how has your diverse background in the industry helped you in creating your sauces?

I grew up in a large, boisterous Italian family, dominated by women who lived to cook. They owned a successful grocery and meat market in Bedford Hills, Briccetti’s Bedford Market, for more than 50 years, and cooked for this store many of the most amazing and unique dishes I’ve ever tasted in my life, still to this day. I worked often in the store and in their home kitchen, absorbing all their secrets and also all the joys of creating food that was pure, delicious, nutritious, and that brought us all to an extended family table at Grandma’s house every Sunday. After graduating from college, I went right back into making food. My first real job was working in Boston as a pastry chef and then I was hired by a major New York Food Public Relations Firm to create recipes and products for different food companies. It’s a classic tale of how what you do as a child, if you love doing it, is very often what you seek to do professionally as an adult.

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4. My family followed a vegan diet for 6 months and now 3 out of the 4 of us are vegetarians.  Your two sauces are both plant-based and meat and dairy-free.  We love pasta and sauce, but I love that you have created recipes like risotto, stuffed peppers and a shepherd(less) pie, that  incorporate your sauces. They really showcase how versatile the Bolognese and Velvet Vodka sauces are.  Do you have any tips or advice for readers who are looking to adopt a more plant-based diet? 

Cooking delicious plant-based foods is not as difficult as many people think. Meat, poultry, eggs, fish and dairy products all have different kinds of fat, and fat is filled with flavor. So, the trick is to impart flavor to your plant-based dishes without using any of these fat-rich foods. You can do it with either a technique or an ingredient. Here’s a few tricks I practice:

1.) Roast your vegetables! Use a little oil or substitute vegetable broth for oil in your roasting pan to roast veggies like red peppers, carrots, onions, garlic, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, eggplant, hard-shelled squash, etc. Roasting caramelizes the vegetables, to bring out their natural sweetness, and aside from the chopping, there’s little work to roasting!

2.) These are a few of the seasoning ingredients that I am never without in my vegan kitchen. They bring bland vegetable dishes to life.

  • Fresh Ginger Root — It’s slightly spicy, intense, slightly nutty, slightly sweet. Add it generously to your soups, vegetable stir-fries, stuffings, and pasta dishes.
  • Garlic — Like onions, it’s a must kitchen helper, but don’t ever burn garlic when you sauté it. Tease out it’s flavor by adding garlic to the pan after other vegetables have been fully sautéed and softened. Sauté garlic only about 30 seconds or until fragrant. Or wrap a whole head of garlic in tin foil and bake until very soft. Perfect for hummus dips!
  • Jalapeno Peppers — They not only add spice, but also lots of peppery flavor to vegetable sautés and soups.
  • Substitute cooked and pureed cauliflower for cream and other dairy to make creamy soups and vegetable purees. 
  • Curry powders are instant flavor enhancers, even if you don’t care much for curry! Yellow curries have a different profile than spicy Thai red curries. Try different ones to flavor soups, vegetable stews, stir-fries, dips, sauces. A little sprinkle or a large spoonful of curry powder perks up the flavor of just about any vegetable dish. 
  • We all focus on eating fresh vegetables, but don’t ignore frozen veggies. Stock them conveniently in your freezer for quick side dishes. We always buy and freeze a supply of shelled edamame, corn, and green peas, and add them to mixed greens for quick and nutritious salads. 
  • Olives, capers, roasted and pickled peppers, pickles — With their intense saltiness, these make great seasoners. Add them to salads or serving as satisfying garnishes to all kinds of vegan dishes. 
  • Good quality sea salt, kosher salt, truffle salt, etc. Salt can elevate the taste of a bland and forgettable vegan dish to something wonderful. Experiment with different salts to find a few you really like. 
  • Good quality white and red balsamic vinegar. Drizzle over roasted veggies, onto your favorite salad, onto avocado toast, etc. 
  • Fresh herbs, especially thyme, tarragon, parsley. 
  • Good quality vegetable broth. If you need to reduce the amount of oil in your diet, use a good quality vegetable broth instead to sautéed and roast vegetables. Oil does work to impart flavor, but vegetable broth will also impart some flavor and more importantly it will keep your veggies from burning while sautéing or roasting.

3.) We’re all eating more pasta dishes these days. To avoid putting on COVID pasta pounds, make the sauce the center of the dish, not the pasta. In other words, do as the Italians do, who eat pasta every day and never gain weight. Use less pasta and more sauce and fill your sauce with an assortment of vegetables. Your pasta sauce can become a vegetable delivery system. Indeed, this is the way we look at our Organic 6-Vegetable Meatless Bolognese. It brings to your pasta plate cauliflower, carrots, onions, mushrooms, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes and walnuts. Use 3 to 4 ounces of pasta per serving, not 6 to 8, with our sauce for a truly satisfying dinner that won’t add unwanted pasta pounds. 

4.) Think outside the pasta box! Use our plant-based Hudson Green sauces not only to make great pasta dishes but also to make soups, veggie stews, to stuff peppers, to make a veggie chili, a lentil burger, or a cream-free, dairy-free mac ‘n cheese. Our sauces are not for pasta only! Check out our many Hudson Green recipes on our website.

5.  What are your future plans and goals for Hudson Green?
  
We’d like to extend our line of sauces, and we have several recipes ready to go. To that end, we’ll need to find investors or a larger company that sees the potential in our brand and wants to help us develop our products. 

Bonus Questions:

1. What is your favorite food?
I don’t have one. But I love any dish that is perfectly and exquisitely seasoned and cooked. 

2. What are some of your favorite places in Westchester County to eat, shop and play?
My husband and I are avid golfers and you will find us often on many of Westchester’s public courses about 8 months out of the year, weather permitting. I love any restaurant where the cook makes something I can’t make better in my own home kitchen. Often a great slice of pizza or an exquisitely prepared eggplant parmesan will send me to heaven, so to speak.  And I often find these dishes in small neighborhood restaurants where the chef or owner has been making them for many years or even for his entire life.

Hudson Green’s Meatless Bolognese and Velvet Vodka sauces can be purchased online via the Hudson Green website, Amazon or at local specialty grocery stores including Wegmans.

To learn more about Hudson Green, visit their website!

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Five on Friday {Goodbye February}

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Happy Friday! The temps are rising to the 40’s and the sun has been out this week.  I can see signs that spring is finally on its way! Now that the temps are getting warmer I’d really like to do something outside this weekend. But it looks like it will be rainy both days. My daughter is volunteering at a Girl Scout event Saturday so we have to stay in the area. Otherwise, not sure yet what our weekend plans are. Here are five from the past week: 

1. 5 Wits- With all of the bad weather hopefully behind us, we had to get the kids out of the house.  Last weekend we took the kids to 5 Wits at the Palisades Center Mall. We chose the “Tomb” adventure and were tasked with trying to find a long forgotten Pharoah’s burial chamber and set his spirit free. My daughter is the only one in our family who had been to 5 Wits before.  There are three different adventures and Tomb was the only one that she hadn’t done, which is why we chose it.  We ended up with a score of 95/99 in 27 minutes!  It was a lot of fun and my 12 and almost 15 year old were the perfect ages to do this. We enjoyed this more than the escape the mystery room that we’ve done in the past.   

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2. Reading – This week I finished The Home Edit by Clea and Joanna.  I watched and loved the Netflix show.  The book had beautiful pictures but overall, I didn’t find it super helpful.  However, it did inspire some major cleaning and purging, which was much needed.  I’ve also started reading Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman.  My daughter watched the movie and read the book and recommended that I read it.  So far, it’s not my thing, but I’m trying to finish it since she recommended it.

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3. Watching – This weekend we had a family pizza/movie night and watched Over the Moon on Netflix.  It’s a Golden Globe nominee for animated film but none of us were impressed.

4. Cooking – This week one of our favorite meals were these Sun-Dried Tomato Quesadillas with White Beans and Broccoli which I served with a side of roasted broccoli. 

5. Sledding – Earlier this week my son met up with a friend to go sledding. We went snow tubing earlier this year, but he has not been sledding in years. A couple of years ago, we got him a foam sled similar to this one that has been gathering dust in our basement. He finally got to test it out this week, before all the snow melts this weekend! It was very fast! All the other kids sledding had similar sleds or snow tubes. I guess the flying saucers and plastic sleds are out?? He had a great time and I’m glad he finally got to use the sled!

ICYMI this week on the blog:

Tuesday I shared an updated post about Dinner Deals in Westchester County

Wednesday I shared Westchester County Family Dinner Deals.

Sharing with Friday Favorites!  Have a great weekend!

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Family Dinner Deals {Where in Westchester County?}

I love to cook, but some days, even I need a night off! However, feeding a family of four, including two teens can get pricey. There are several restaurants in Westchester County that offer family dinner deals. Most of these deals feed a family of four and are available for takeout. As always, please check directly with the restaurant for the most up-to-date information and prices.

Crabtree’s Kittle House: (Chappaqua) Crabtree’s Kittle House has different family dinner deals, depending on the day. Each feeds 4-6 people and it appears the menus change weekly, so be sure to check their website for the most up-to-date information. For this week’s menu click here. Sunday Family Meal ($79), Tuesday and Wednesday Family Comfort Meal ($89), Thursday Takeout Taco Kit ($59), Thursday Family Meal ($85), Saturday Surf & Turf Family Dinner ($155).

Gosu: (Irvington) Gosu is an Asian fusion restaurant featuring many Korean dishes. They have family trays including Chicken Katsu ($75), Chicken Teriyaki ($75), Spicy Pork ($80). They have vegetarian trays including Yaki Udon ($65) and Bibimbop ($75). Each family meal includes a choice of Miso soup or house salad and a bottle of red wine, white wine or a bottle of Soju (Korean alcohol).

The Greekish: (Harrison) This Greek restaurant has a family meal box that feeds four. There are four different entree options (Fish of the Moment ($85), Mediterranean Mixed Grill ($65), Baked Shrimp Santorini ($55), or the Greek.ish Gyro Box ($65)). Plus you also get pita, hummus, Tzatziki, seasonal salad, dressing, stuffed grape leaves and a, “tiny bit of sweet.”

Jean-Jacques’: (Pleasantville) Jean-Jacques’ in Pleasantville has a “Complete Dinners For One Or More” menu. Dinner includes 1 appetizer, 1 main, 2 sides and a dessert for $25/person. When ordering for 4 or more, the food is packaged family-style.

OKO: (Rye) OKO is a Japanese restaurant with locations in Rye and Westport, CT. OKO has a to-go Family Box Set that serves 4 (2 adults, 2 kids). For $49, the box set includes sticky ribs, a choice of Bigeye Tuna Poke or Marinated King Salmon Poke and 2 fried chicken bao buns. It also includes 2 kids bento boxes with a choice of Teriyaki chicken thighs, Teriyaki King Salmon or Wagyu Hanger Steak and miso soup, rice, vegetable tempura and edamame.

The Rail House 10803: (Pelham) This “eclectic American restaurant” has 5 different family dinner packs-to-go. Priced from $45-$65 there dinner packs include a burger night, a pasta night, a fish night, a chicken night and a party night (sliders, flatbreads, wings and calamari). 

Sergio’s Valhalla: (Valhalla) This Mediterranean-Italian restaurant has a Family Style Menu that serves 4. You have a choice of house salad, Caesar salad, pasta in marinara sauce or pasta in garlic & oil plus Chicken ($50) or Veal $55) Francese, Marsala, Parmigiana, Picatta, or Martini. 1/2 trays of Baked Ziti, Rigatoni Bolognese, Penne Vodka or Penne Primavera are available for $30.

Sofia’s Pizzeria & Restaurant: (Harrison) Sofia’s has a pre-fixed family dinner deal that includes salad, pasta (w/tomato sauce or vodka sauce), chicken (Parmigiana, a la Sofia, or Scarpariello) and a Carvel cake. This deal is $55 for 4 people, $70 for 6 people or $80 for 8 people.

Southern Table: (Pleasantville) This Southern cuisine restaurant has a Family Style takeout menu for $23/person, minimum of 2 people. Choose 1 starter and 1 entrée and family size portions will be provided for the number of people in the order. Complimentary mac and cheese and cornbread are provided with every order.

Taormina Trattoria: (Peekskill) This Italian restaurant has a dinner pack for 4 to go for $40 with many different entrée options. It includes a small pizza or Stromboli, house salad and bread, a choice of 1/2 a tray of stuffed Rigatoni Marinara with Meatballs and Sausage (4 of each), Manicotti and Stuffed Shells combo, seafood Scampi, Chicken Parmigiana, Chicken Francese, Chicken Martini, Chicken Stacey, Chicken Marsala, Chicken Scarpariello, Veal Parmigiana, Eggplant Parmigiana or Pork Medallions Taormina and a choice of two desserts (Cannoli, Cheesecake or Carrot Cake).


Trattoria Vivolo: (Harrison) This Italian restaurant has 3 different
family dinner packages priced between $120 – $160 plus tax. These meals feed 6 people and are available Tuesday – Sunday for pickup or delivery (to Harrison, Rye, Mamaroneck and Larchmont only).  Package #1 ($120 plus tax) includes Pollo Parmigiana, Penne Vodka, vegetable of the day, Strawberry Shortcake & mini cannoli. Package #2 ($160 plus tax) includes Sole Francese, Linguini with garlic and oil, vegetable of the day, Strawberry Shortcake & mini cannoli. Package #3 ($130 plus tax) includes sauteed sweet & spicy sausage and peppers, penne limone, vegetable of the day, Strawberry Shortcake & mini cannoli.

Vela Kitchen: (Pleasantville) Vela Kitchen has a Sunday Family Dinner to-go special. You choose an entrée and two sides. House salad, garlic bread and dessert are included for $25/person.

Vintage 1891 Kitchen: (Larchmont) This contemporary American restaurant offers a family dinner to go for $40/person.  There are 3 mains to choose from (salmon, short rib or organic chicken breast). Then you choose two sides (mashed potatoes, french fries, Black Thai rice, sticky rice Risotto, green vegetables). A house salad, dessert and garlic bread are also included. There is a kids menu for $15/person and a bottle of wine can be added for $25.

Wood & Fire: (Pleasantville & Scarsdale) This Italian restaurant has three different family style takeout options. There are 3 different price points ($18/person, $22/person, $26/person) with a minimum of 2 people. Each comes with a choice of starter, a pasta or pizza and a main dish.

If you know of any restaurants that should be added to this post please email NYFoodieFamily@gmail.com.

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Dinner Deals in Westchester County

Westchester County has so many amazing restaurants, with new places opening every month.  I enjoy dining out, however, with a family of four, it can get very expensive!  Fortunately, many restaurants throughout Westchester offer special dinner deals throughout the week.  Whether you’re in the mood for a burger or a fancy three-course meal, there are restaurants throughout Westchester that cover it all! (Updated February 2021)

**Please confirm the details with the restaurant for the most up-to-date information.  

Angelina’s Ristorante & Brick Oven Pizza
97 Lake Avenue
Tuckahoe, NY 10707
(914) 779-7944

Angelina’s offers a prix fixe dinner menu (appetizer and entree) Monday through Thursday 3 PM to closing for $34.95.

The Bayou Restaurant
580 Gramatan Avenue
Mount Vernon, NY 10552
(914) 668-2634

Tuesday:  Fat Tuesdays All-You-Can-Eat Specials $20.99 (Jambalaya, Catch O’Day, Pasta O’Day & Chops O’Day)
Wednesday:  Voodoo Night – $4 Abita Turbo Dog, $4 Amber Draft or Purple Haze, $5 Voodoo Wings (Readings are available from Angela for $20)

Bread and Brine
19 Main Street
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
(914) 479-5243

Steamed Maine Lobster Dinners:  Available Wednesday through Sunday. 1 1/2 lb. steamed Maine lobster, cup of New England Clam Chowder, boiled potato, corn-on-the-cob, cole slaw and grilled corn bread for $55.

Casa Rina of Thornwood
886 Commerce Street
Thornwood, NY 10594
(914) 769-451

Casa Rina has a $25 three course price fixed dinner available Sunday through Wednesday.
Thursday they offer a $25 four course price fixed dinner.

Fat Sal’s Bar & Grill
265 Tate Avenue
Buchanan, NY 10511
(914) 930-1771

Mondays:  Buy one burger, get the second one 50% off (equal or lesser value with purchase of a beverage)
Tuesdays:  5 Tacos for $10 (w/purchase of a beverage)

The Greekish 
273 Halstead Avenue
Harrison, NY 10528
(914) 732-3333

The Greekish has two different dinner deals:
Tasting of the Greekish is available Wednesday through Sunday from 4 PM – 8 PM. Enjoy 1 dip, 2 Meze, 1 entrée (land or sea) and dessert for $55. The Greek-Style Meze Special is available Wednesday through Sunday from 4 PM – 9 PM. Enjoy 1 dip and pita plus any 3 Meze for $30.

The Hudson Room
23 South Division Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 788-FOOD

The Hudson Room offers a 3 course Prix Fixe meal on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for $32.95 (appetizer, main, dessert)

Public Pizza Italian Restaurant
Ridge Hill Mall
193 Market Street
Yonkers, NY
(914) 652-7604

Monday Pasta Party – (4 PM to close) $9 Penne Vodka, Angel Hair & Broccoli, Rigatoni Alla Norma or Fettuccini Alfredo
Tuesday Pizza Party – (4 PM to close) 50% off all individual pizzas (excluding seafood pizzas)

Risotto Italian Restaurant & Bar
788 Commerce Street
Thornwood, NY 10594
(914) 769-6000

Risotto offers a Prezzo Fisso to go menu for $25 which includes a select Antipasti, Secondi and dessert.

Rye Roadhouse
12 High Street
Rye, NY 10580
(914) 925-2668

Mondays:  Build Your Own Quesadillas starting at $6.95
Tuesdays: Taco Tuesday – 5 PM – 9 PM, Cajun Nachos, Tacos, Burritos and $5 margaritas
Wednesdays:  Fried Chicken Night – Four piece chicken dinner with two sides for $12.95 (in house only)
Thursdays: Burger Night – 5 PM – 9 PM half-price burgers (in house only)

Wellington’s Grill
110 Halstead Avenue
Harrison, NY 10528
(914) 315-1532

Tuesdays: Lobster Night $25 includes a 1 1/2 lb. steamed lobster served with New England Clam Chowder, cole slaw and corn on the cob
Wednesdays: Prime Rib Night $28 includes a thick slice of slow roasted prime rib served with frizzled onions, cup of soup and a baked potato
Thursdays: $10 Burger Night

If you know of any other dinner deals in Westchester County, please email me (NYFoodieFamily@gmail.com) and I will add it to this list!

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Five on Friday {Waiting For Spring}

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Hello Friday! It’s been another week of crazy weather here. I had Monday off but we stayed home because the weather wasn’t great.  Even though schools are closed this week, District office staff still have to work. But because of another snow storm, I got a snow day yesterday.

New York is used to snowy winters, so fortunately we are not experiencing what Texas is currently going through. My thoughts are with everyone without power and heat. I see posts of people with burst pipes and the state not being equipped to deal with the weather. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before (ha!), but I can’t wait for spring to arrive!

I am hoping to be able to get the kids out of the house this weekend.  Since they are off they have been staying up super late.  They both  got up around  2 pm on Tuesday!!  Here are five from the past week:  

1. Valentine’s Day – We don’t go crazy on Valentine’s Day.  But we did order a breakable chocolate heart from Jane Street Sweets for the kids. It was fun to break open and had lots of tasty treats inside. You can watch the Instagram reel of us breaking it here.

My daughter went to a friend’s Valentine’s Day gathering.  She brought some snacks but I also bought a pink rose grape juice and cherry 7 Up (pink bubbly drinks).  I sent her with enough champagne flutes for her and all her friends to enjoy their drinks in.

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2. Reading – I am about halfway through The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Kline.  It’s a fantasy book which I’m enjoying more than I thought I would!

TINY PRETTY THINGS
Photo Credit: Netflix

3. Watching – This week I started watching Tiny Pretty Things on Netflix.  It’s a YA drama about a ballet academy.  It’s alright and keeping me interested enough and again, based on a book! Yesterday, I also watched the Mars Rover Perseverance land on Mars. It was exciting to see it happen live.

4. Cooking – Last night I made the famous TikTok Feta Pasta.  It was pretty good and so easy to make.  Although the family decided that they like the Gigi Hadid TikTok pasta more.

I also made Pinch of Yum’s No-Knead bread to go with it because #carblover! 

5. Puzzle Time – My parents stopped by last weekend and my mom dropped off 4 more puzzles for me.  So with the day off Monday and a snow day yesterday, I’ve started this one.

6. Eureka Crate – My son got his last Eureka Crate last week.  He spent some time Wednesday working on the project – a pinball machine! He did it entirely on his own and it works! 

ICYMI this week on the blog:

Wednesday I shared my Hudson Valley Day Tripper Guide to Beacon.

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Hudson Valley Day Tripper: Beacon Guide

The city of Beacon is one of my favorite places to visit in the Hudson Valley. It’s only a little over a 30 minute drive from northern Westchester County and there’s so much to see and do. You can spend the day wandering Main Street, which is filled with tons of restaurants and shops. But there’s a lot more off Main Street. There’s really too much to see and do in a day, but fortunately, it’s close enough to make many day trips!

We are by no means calling ourselves experts and I know that we have not covered all of the great attractions, restaurants and shops in Beacon. However, we offer this guide as a starting off point for you and we will be updating it as we continue to explore this lovely city.

To Do:

For the Art Lover:

Dia: Beacon – (3 Beekman Street) Dia: Beacon is housed in the former Nabisco box printing factory. It houses a large collection of modern and contemporary art. The museum is open currently to guests by advanced registration only. Read our post about the museum.

For the History Lover:

Bannerman Island – (Beacon Institute Floating Dock) Bannerman Island, officially Pollepel Island, is a historical site that was once an arsenal warehouse. Tours to Bannerman Island are not currently running. However, in the spring, summer and fall, walking tours and self-guided tours are available (though this may have changed in times of COVID) via a boat ride to the island. There are also kayak tours from Cornwall. Read our post about Bannerman Island.

For the Outdoor Lover:

Madam Brett Park – (560 South Avenue) This Scenic Hudson Park is a great place for both history and outdoor lovers to visit. Ruins of the former Tioronda Hat Works are visible on the property. The main attraction is the waterfall on the creek. This is an easy, photogenic hike. Read our post about this park.

Mount Beacon Park – (788 Wolcott Avenue) This is another Scenic Hudson Park, but is a more challenging hike. The hike is worth the views from the top! If you hike up to the Casino Overlook, which is what we did, it’s a 2.4 mile round trip. You can continue up to the fire tower if you want to add an additional 2 miles to your hike. There is a decent sized parking lot. However, this is a very popular hiking spot and gets crowded!

Eat & Drink:

Beer:

Hudson Valley Brewery – (7 East Main Street) This local brewery specializes in sour beers. They have some of the prettiest beer cans I’ve seen. The tasting room is currently closed and they are open for curbside pickup only. The beer menu changed weekly, so check out their pickup page to see what is currently available. However, with both indoor and outdoor drinking space, this is worth a stop once they reopen for tastings. Read our post all about the brewery.

Cocktails:

Dennings Point Distillery – (10 N. Chestnut Street) Dennings Point Distillery uses local grains to produce its handcrafted spirits. Tours are currently on hold but they are open for tastings, cocktails and shopping. Read our post all about the distillery.

Coffee:

Vegan Whoopie Pie

Kitchen & Coffee – (420 Main Street) Kitchen & Coffee is a café that serves fair-trade coffee and teas as well as a 100% vegetarian menu. They also have homemade breads and baked goods. There is both indoor and outdoor dining spaces.

Food:

Momos from Momo Valley

Hudson Valley Food Hall – (288 Main Street) Housed in the former Roosevelt Theater, Hudson Valley Food Hall hosts a variety of food vendors. They have both indoor and outdoor dining spaces. We have dined from Bombay Wraps, Momo Valley and the Roosevelt Bar. Read our post about Hudson Valley Food Hall.

Portonini Wrap

Vegetalien – (504 Main Street) Vegetalien is a locally sourced plant-based cafe and juice bar. It’s rare to find a restaurant that only serves vegan food! We’ve only tried the Portonini sandwich, but the other sandwiches on their menu and the Buddha Bowls all sound delicious!

Treats:

Coffee and Chocolate Donuts vegan ice cream cone

The Chocolate Studio – (496 Main Street) The Chocolate Studio is an ice cream and treat shop. They have a large menu of vegan ice cream, which is made in-house.

Chocolate glaze, graham cracker topping, marshmallow drizzle = Smores donut

Glazed Over Donuts – (315 Main Street) Stop in at Glazed Over for customized donuts. You are given a menu where you choose the glaze, topping and drizzle of your choice. Then you can watch your donut(s) being made through the kitchen window.

Shop

Beacon Bath & Bubble – (458 Main Street) Beacon Bath & Bubble is a bath and body shop. You can purchase soap, bath bombs, lotions, bubble bath and more that are all handmade on the premise. Plus, they have an old fashioned soda and candy shop where they stock over 65 different bottles of soda and a variety of old-fashioned candy.

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Five on Friday {No More Snow!}

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Happy‌ ‌Friday!‌ ‌What‌ ‌a‌ ‌snowy‌ ‌week‌ ‌it‌ ‌has‌ ‌been!‌ ‌I’ve‌ ‌had‌ ‌two,‌ ‌2-hour‌ ‌delays‌ ‌and‌ ‌one‌ ‌snow‌ ‌day‌ ‌from‌ ‌work‌ ‌this‌ ‌week!‌ ‌ And there‌ ‌is‌ ‌more‌ ‌snow‌ ‌expected‌ ‌next‌ ‌week‌!‌ Tomorrow‌ ‌Dana‌ ‌and‌ ‌I‌ ‌are‌ ‌picking‌ ‌up‌ ‌a‌ ‌treat‌ ‌that‌ ‌we‌ ‌ordered‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌kids‌ ‌for‌ ‌Valentine’s‌ ‌Day.‌ ‌They‌ ‌have‌ ‌all‌ ‌of‌ ‌next‌ ‌week‌ ‌off‌ ‌for‌ ‌their‌ ‌February‌ ‌break‌ ‌but‌ ‌I‌ ‌only‌ ‌have off‌ ‌Monday‌.‌ ‌Here‌ ‌are‌ ‌five‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌past‌ ‌week:‌

‌ ‌ ‌1‌.‌‌ ‌‌Eating‌ ‌-‌‌ ‌last‌ ‌weekend‌ ‌we‌ ‌drove‌ ‌down‌ ‌to‌ ‌Port‌ ‌Chester‌ ‌to‌ ‌support‌ ‌local‌ ‌restaurants.‌ ‌They‌ ‌have‌ ‌been‌ ‌closed‌ ‌for‌ ‌indoor‌ ‌dining‌ ‌for‌ ‌quite‌ ‌some‌ ‌time‌ ‌and‌ ‌restaurants‌ ‌have‌ ‌lost‌ ‌a‌ ‌lot‌ ‌of‌ ‌business‌ ‌and‌ ‌some‌ ‌have‌ ‌even‌ ‌closed.‌ ‌ ‌ ‌We‌ ‌went‌ ‌to‌ ‌Mary‌ ‌Ann’s,‌ ‌a‌ ‌Mexican‌ ‌restaurant‌ ‌and‌ ‌I‌ ‌enjoyed‌ ‌the‌ ‌Sabras‌ ‌combo‌ ‌plate‌ ‌which‌ ‌included‌ ‌a‌ ‌cheese‌ ‌relleno,‌ ‌a‌ ‌black‌ ‌bean‌ ‌enchilada‌ ‌and‌ ‌a‌ ‌guacamole‌ ‌taco‌ ‌served‌ ‌with‌ ‌rice‌ ‌and‌ ‌beans.‌ ‌

 ‌Even‌ ‌though‌ ‌we‌ ‌were‌ ‌all‌ ‌stuffed,‌ ‌we‌ ‌went‌ ‌to‌ ‌Bona‌ ‌Bona‌ ‌ice‌ ‌cream‌ ‌and‌ ‌shared‌ ‌a‌ ‌cup‌ ‌of‌ ‌Holy‌ ‌Cannoli.‌ ‌So‌ ‌good!‌ ‌ 

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2.‌ ‌‌Reading‌ ‌‌-‌ ‌I‌ ‌am‌ ‌finishing‌ ‌up‌ ‌Get‌ ‌Lucky‌ ‌by‌ ‌Katherine‌ ‌Center.‌ ‌It’s‌ ‌one‌ ‌of‌ ‌her‌ ‌older‌ ‌books‌ ‌that‌ ‌I‌ ‌found‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌little‌ ‌free‌ ‌library‌ ‌bookshelf‌ ‌at‌ ‌work.‌ ‌It’s‌ ‌been‌ ‌an‌ ‌enjoyable‌ ‌read‌ ‌but‌ ‌I‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌love‌ ‌it‌ ‌as‌ ‌much‌ ‌as‌ ‌I‌ ‌love‌ ‌her‌ ‌newer‌ ‌stuff.‌

Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe in Virgin River.
Photo Credit: Netflix

3.‌ ‌‌Watching‌‌ ‌-‌ ‌This‌ ‌week‌ ‌I‌ ‌started‌ ‌watching‌ ‌Virgin‌ ‌River‌ ‌on‌ ‌Netflix.‌ ‌I‌ ‌didn’t‌ ‌realize‌ ‌it‌ ‌was‌ ‌based‌ ‌on‌ ‌a‌ ‌book‌ ‌series‌ ‌by‌ ‌Robyn‌ ‌Carr.‌ ‌I‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌know‌ ‌why‌ ‌I‌ ‌didn’t‌ ‌start‌ ‌this‌ ‌show‌ ‌sooner,‌ ‌since‌ ‌I’m‌ ‌really‌ ‌enjoying‌ ‌it!‌ ‌

 ‌4.‌ ‌‌Cooking‌ ‌‌-‌ ‌This‌ ‌week‌ ‌we’ve‌ ‌made‌ ‌so‌ ‌many‌ ‌tasty‌ ‌things!‌ ‌Super‌ ‌Bowl‌ ‌Sunday‌ ‌we‌ ‌made‌ ‌soft‌ ‌pretzels‌ ‌again. This time I also made ‌a‌ ‌beer‌ ‌cheese‌ ‌sauce‌ ‌to‌ ‌go‌ ‌with‌.‌ ‌ ‌

‌I‌ ‌also‌ ‌made‌ ‌homemade‌ ‌naan‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌snow‌ ‌day‌ ‌to‌ ‌go‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌20‌ ‌minute‌ ‌basil‌ ‌chickpea‌ ‌curry‌ we had for dinner.‌ ‌

‌Wednesday,‌ ‌my‌ ‌daughter‌ ‌and‌ ‌I‌ ‌made‌ ‌everything‌ ‌bagel‌ ‌cheese‌ ‌balls‌ ‌after‌ ‌she‌ ‌saw‌ ‌them‌ ‌on‌ ‌a‌ ‌TikTok‌ ‌cooking video.‌ ‌

‌ ‌5.‌ ‌‌Loving‌ ‌-‌‌ ‌I‌ ‌found‌ ‌this‌ ‌murder‌ ‌mystery‌ ‌puzzle‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌Salvation‌ ‌Army‌ ‌store‌ ‌in‌ ‌Port‌ ‌Chester.‌ ‌It‌ ‌was‌ ‌brand‌ ‌new‌ ‌and‌ ‌only‌ ‌cost‌ ‌me‌ ‌$2.70!‌ ‌It’s‌ ‌challenging‌ ‌since‌ ‌there’s‌ ‌no‌ ‌picture‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌you.‌ ‌But‌ ‌the‌ ‌finished‌ ‌puzzle‌ ‌should‌ ‌have‌ ‌clues‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌solve‌ ‌the‌ ‌mystery‌ ‌that‌ ‌was‌ ‌laid‌ ‌out‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌booklet‌ ‌that‌ ‌came‌ ‌with.‌ ‌I‌ ‌haven’t‌ ‌done‌ ‌a‌ ‌puzzle‌ ‌since‌ ‌the‌ ‌beginning‌ ‌of‌ ‌quarantine‌ ‌when‌ ‌I‌ ‌was‌ ‌doing‌ ‌so‌ ‌many!‌ ‌And‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌snow‌ ‌day‌ ‌and‌ ‌delays,‌ ‌this‌ ‌was‌ ‌a‌ ‌good‌ ‌week‌ ‌to‌ ‌start‌ ‌it!‌ ‌ ‌

ICYMI‌ ‌this‌ ‌week‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌blog:‌ ‌ ‌

Tuesday‌ ‌‌I‌ ‌shared‌ ‌my‌ ‌January‌ ‌2021‌ ‌Reads.‌ ‌ 

 ‌Sharing‌ ‌with‌ ‌Friday‌ ‌Favorites!‌ ‌Have‌ ‌a‌ ‌great‌ ‌weekend!

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