52 sundays; june 22, 2014

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We’re here in Italy for the next 7 days; it felt as if we were coming home – that familiar feeling of seeing good friends, laughing and catching up and seeing the beautiful Villa Boccelli.

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OLIVE OIL GELATO WITH ROSEMARY AND STRAWBERRY JAM

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The Professor and I are headed off for Italy to attend Jovial’s Culinary Getaway, Gluten-Free Italian Style; we’re attending as particpants this time and I have to say, we’re pretty excited. We’ve had the privilege of working with Jovial this past year and we always have their products in our pantry – but we’ve not […]

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LACTOSE-FREE GREEK-STYLE YOGURT WITH ROASTED RHUBARB

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I’m not sure there has ever been a winter when I waited for spring to arrive with as much anticipation as this last one; it was a winter that just kept on giving and would not quit. Unseasonably cold and arduously long, when spring finally made its way to the Midwest we all uttered a collective, ‘Hallelujiah!’

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GLUTEN-FREE TAGLIATELLE WITH SHIITAKES AND ASPARAGUS

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We’ve just come off of one of the best weekends we’ve enjoyed in a long time; it was one of those weekends where even though there were many items on my ‘to-do’ list, I was successful in setting it all aside and forced myself to just ‘be’. But it was hard.

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52 sundays; june 8, 2014

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We’ve waited two years to bring bees to the Smith Bites Homestead – and yesterday our journey of helping to rebuild honeybees in our area began. A friend of ours came over and helped The Professor get them settled in; Keith has been a beekeeper for several years now and we’re grateful to have someone […]

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GLUTEN-FREE COUSCOUS SALAD WITH OLIVES AND ROASTED VEGETABLES

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We eat a fair amount of salads in our house and I’m always looking for ways to change them up, to make them more interesting than say, lettuce, tomato, radish and cucumbers. This Gluten-Free Couscous Salad with Ripe Olives and Roasted Vegetables is a great addition to have in your repitoire.

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IT’S PERSONAL

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The month of May is National Celiac Awareness month. And while I could rattle off the numbers of people who have Celiac or some form of wheat intolerance or allergy, I’m going to share some of our family’s story instead. Why? For me, it’s personal; it hits deeply and closely to home. I have celiac, […]

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GLUTEN-FREE FRESH RHUBARB PIE

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A few weeks ago our oven bit the dust and not that there’s ever a ‘good’ time to replace a major appliance, but this was particularly painful as we’ve planned to install a much needed fence. I polled Facebook friends to get recommendations on brands they loved and/or didn’t love – and then we went […]

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CREAMY MOROCCAN-STYLE CHICKPEA SOUP WITH WILTED CHARD

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This is one of the down and dirty, quick and easy recipes. While most of the cooking and baking we do here on the Smith Bites homestead is from scratch, there are times – like now when I have several deadlines looming over the next two weeks – we still want to eat well yet have […]

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SPROUTED LENTIL AND BEET SALAD

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Seven months. Seven months of flannel sheets. It was the ‘winter-that-wouldn’t-die’ and for seven very long months, The Professor and I wrapped ourselves in those flannel sheets while dreaming of white sandy beaches where they serve sweet fruity drinks with umbrellas in tall, chilled glasses. But today . . . off with the flannel and […]

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52 sundays; may 11, 2014

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“Kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run.” —Barbara Kingsolver To my own mother and all the women in my life – from our pond to yours, Happy Mother’s Day!

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