Food Writer Julia Sexton's List of Five Favorite Recent Dishes in Westchester, July 2012
Julia Sexton chooses her favorite bites eaten in the past 30 days
Photos by James Sexton
It was a really big month, folks. But still...
(1) High West Distillery’s Campfire Whiskey at Crabtree’s Kittle House (11 Kittle Rd, Chappaqua 914-666-8044; kittlehouse.com)
(2) Poached Rhubarb with Lemon Thyme, Local Goat Cheesecake, and Milk Jam from Blue Hill at Stone Barns (630 Bedford Rd, Pocantico Hills 914-366-9600; bluehillfarm.com)
(3) Soup Dumplings at Noodle+ (245 Main St, White Plains 914-948-4920; noodle-plus.com)
(4) Habanero Salsa at bartaco (1 Willett Ave, Port Chester 914-937-8226; bartaco.com)
Apparently, when you eat very spicy food, your brain responds by emitting powerful neurotransmitters that mimic the chemical effects of opiates. Cue me, strung out after a glorious habanero salsa bender—sure, I suffered for it later, but it was a blast at the time.
(5) White Brigadiero at my home.
You’ve probably seen this chocolate sprinkle-covered Brazilian candy, but this was the first time I caught the minimalist white version. Without those waxy jimmies, the texture is vastly improved and falls somewhere between cakey and creamy. They’re made with doce de leite (otherwise known as dulce de leche, confiture de lait or—in the Blue Hill dessert, above, “milk jam”)—basically, it’s milk, reduced and caramelized into candy. These blonde orbs had the texture of penuche, a dreamy sort of fudge, and they were delicious—I snuck a take away plate of about 15, but was attacked by neighbors before I could get from car to kitchen door. Savages.