Editor's Memo, November 2015

Forgive me if you already know this, but some things are important enough to bear repeating. This month, we present our annual Top Doctors issue, and, as always, one of the questions we’re asked most often about the list is: How do you produce it?

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, our Top Doctors list is not a feature with subjective input from the editorial team—in fact, the editors have no say at all on who makes the list. The list is sourced from Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a healthcare research firm founded in 1991 that compiles its lists and provides them to various media outlets across the country. Castle Connolly produces its lists through an exhaustive peer-review process, in which thousands of physicians are asked to nominate colleagues within their own specialties and areas of practice. Those nominees are vetted further, for their credentials and professional histories, before Castle Connolly completes its annual selection process.

This year, our list comprises 641 physicians across 61 specialties. As in past years, we hope you’ll find this issue to be a keeper—a go-to resource throughout the coming year whenever you or a loved one need to seek a new healthcare provider. Throughout our list, you will find interviews with eight of our top docs, as well as top tips from many more of them on how to stay healthy (and, hopefully, prevent the need to see them).

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As I write this for the November issue, I’m wondering, where has 2015 gone? My grandparents used to say that the older you get, the faster time goes. I never believed it until recently—and now here we are with Thanksgiving around the corner. You should have smelled the delightful aromas wafting through our offices a few weeks ago when we staged the photo shoot for our Thanksgiving Feast. We asked several local chefs to cook up their favorite Turkey Day recipes, including string beans with caramelized onions and toasted almonds from Good Food in Briarcliff Manor; applewood-smoked turkey and sausage and cornbread stuffing from Memphis Mae’s in Croton-on-Hudson; and sweet-potato cranberry tart with maple pecan crumble topping from the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, in White Plains.

Hungry now? I freely admit that I’m usually not much of a cook (the best thing I make is reservations), but, come holiday time, I like to dust off my cookware and attempt to make some of my family’s holiday recipes—especially my grandmother’s no-bake chocolate cookies and my Aunt Joan’s baked white-cheddar macaroni and cheese.

We’d love to learn about your family’s favorite holiday recipes—be they cocktails, soups, main courses, sides, or desserts. Email them to us at edit@westchestermagazine.com, and we’ll share them on our website for all to try. (If you can include a photo to tempt us, even better!)

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the chefs’ recipes, along with the rest of the issue. Here’s to a happy and healthy Thanksgiving for you and your family.

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