INDIANA SWEET CORN GELATO WITH BLUEBERRY SWIRL

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Can you believe it’s September???? Does this surprise you as much as it does me???? And why am I using multiple question marks???? I have no idea. Other than I’m truly gobsmacked September is here and I’m not ready to let go of summer – can I just get an ‘amen?!’ It’s still hot and humid […]

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GLUTEN-FREE PEAR CIDER

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Hard Cider has quite the colorful history here in America; in fact, during Colonial times in the Eastern States, Cider was more popular than beer, wine or whiskey. It was far more difficult to grow grains for beer than it was to grow apples so seeds were brought over from England, orchards were established and […]

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GLUTEN-FREE CORN DOG MINIS

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I have a guilty pleasure. Actually more than one but I’m only going to out myself with this: I have a thing for hot dogs. And I don’t even care if you scrunch up your nose and shout an audible ‘ewwwwww’ - it’s totally fine. I’ll just eat yours too. And for the record, I loved fried […]

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CHILAQUILES CASSEROLE AND THE BIG POTLUCK

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I will always hold a special place in my heart for The Big Potluck – it was the very first ‘conference’ I attended after launching Smith Bites; it was also the first time I’d traveled sans The Professor since we had married. I was nervous about actually meeting people who I’d only conversed with online […]

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BLUEBERRY SPOON FRUIT

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The summer air is warm and muggy; grated metal chairs surround outdoor tables waiting for guests to appear. Inside, a smile at the check-in station and murmured conversations blend with Aretha Franklin’s ‘Chain of Fools’ as the steady hiss of an espresso machine pulls one silky, caramel stream after another into warmed, waiting mugs. Booths […]

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GLUTEN-FREE JAM CROSTATA

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I left my home in Washington State in 1996 and remember writing the word ‘Rome’  in my journal; I had never traveled out of the country and had absolutely no reason to think I would be going to Europe let alone Italy, any time soon. But I did. In December of 1997 I traveled with a […]

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BRICK SPATCHCOCKED LEMON CHICKEN

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It’s glorious here in the Midwest this time of year; yes, it’s hot and yes, the bugs are out in full force, but nearly every day is blue sky and white clouds. Our gardens grow abundantly (as do the weeds!), the new pond is balanced and both fish and plants are happy; the bees have […]

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52 sundays; june 29, 2014

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Well we’re home; a little jet-lagged but home and sleeping in our own bed after a 24-hour travel day. I have to admit that the last leg of our journey was grueling in a very small puddle-jumper with about 35 teeny-tiny seats of which I’m convinced were made of concrete and wooden spikes; it felt […]

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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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