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Dining — Recipe of the Week: Social distancing outdoors

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Outdoor dining in our corner of Pennsylvania is permissible again, effective last Friday when we moved into the yellow phase (New Jersey will allow it beginning June 15). Restaurants that have kept going with takeout only but also have outdoor seating have been among the first to notify their customers they can come to dine.
 
Rules vary according to each restaurant but everyone requires masks when the customer isn’t eating, and ask that they observe social distancing rules.
 
The Riegelsville Inn in Riegelsville is known for its outdoor seating, both on the porch overlooking the river and on the patio under umbrellas. Open seven days a week for takeout, outdoor dining is offered first-come, first-served. The current takeout menu is available on the inn’s website (riegelsvilleinn.com).
 
Caleb’s American Kitchen in Lahaska also is offering limited outdoor seating with no reservations required. Again, it is a first-come, first-seated basis. Complimentary bottled water, disposable utensils and a sanitation station are part of the setup. See the website calebsamericankitchen.com.
 
The Water Wheel Inn just outside Doylestown is open Tuesday through Friday for dinner and Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner. Reservations are requested and are for an hour and a half. The inn also has curbside pickup. For information call 215-348-8300.
 
At Durham Springs in Kintnersville, the outside tables have been spaced far enough apart to satisfy social distancing rules. While Bucks County is in the yellow phase, customers can order at least a day in advance from the takeout menu if they want to dine outside. See the website durhamsprings.com to order and make reservations.
 
Plumsteadville Inn in Plumsteadville is offering dining at the outdoor patio along with curbside pickup. Reservations must be made by phone at 215-766-7500.
 
In New Hope the Great Barn Taproom is offering outside dining for its casual menu, plus beer and growler refills. Call 215-803-1592 for information.
 
Check online for your favorite restaurants to see if they are open with outdoor dining. For those who are staying home, here is a recipe for tangy lemon bars from allrecipes.com that would work for Father’s Day picnics or anytime.
 
Lemon Bars
1 cup butter, softened
½ cup white sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 eggs
1½ cups white sugar
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 lemons, juiced
¼ cup confectioners’ sugar for dusting (optional)
 
Step 1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
 
Step 2. In a medium bowl, blend together softened butter, 2 cups flour and ½ cup sugar. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13- inch pan.
 
Step 3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden. In another bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 ½ cups sugar and ¼ cup flour. Whisk in the eggs and lemon juice. Pour over the baked crust.
 
Step 4. Bake for an additional 20 minutes in the preheated oven. The bars will firm up as they cool. Cut into squares. Dust the tops with confectioners’ sugar if desired.

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