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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MIDDAY IN THE MIDWEST

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variegated shades of green wave overhead wisps of blue fade and in out of focus neighborhood birds raise their song adding to the cacophony of mooing cows, rambling school buses, barking dogs and laughing children patterned blue pillows contrast against dappled shade on red chaise cushions wind, invisible yet present, toss loose strands of hair around my […]

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ASPARAGUS AND STRAWBERRY SALAD and THE B.T.C.

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I’m always drawn to a great story – more so when there’s an underdog; I still cry when watching Rocky or Secretariat or any of the other tug-at-your-heart-strings kind of movies – even when I know how the story ends. I want the good guy to get the girl, I am a sucker for a […]

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SPICY GARLIC CONFIT, MODERN PIONEERING + A GIVEAWAY

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I’ve written about my friend Georgia Pellegrini before and I’ve really enjoyed both books she’s written previously; but her new book, Modern Pioneering might just be my favorite one yet. Filled with more than 150 recipes, projects and skills, Modern Pioneering is a book about self-sufficiency – in the kitchen, garden and the great outdoors.

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52 sundays; april 6, 2014

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A few weeks ago, The Professor and I headed up to Chicago and hung out in the lobby hoping to catch up with friends at the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) conference. It was nice to connect with people we haven’t seen for a while and finally meet those we’ve only ‘known’ online.

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