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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CHILLED CUCUMBER AND DILL SOUP

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I, for one, am counting the days until The Professor and I can sit outside on our porch, sip some wine and enjoy dinner al fresco; and if it’s not too much to ask, I’d also like to break out my flip-flops – heck, I might even get all crazy and grab a brand new […]

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GRAIN-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE BLUEBERRY-LEMON PANCAKES

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It’s been somewhat of a challenge to come here and write these days; I think some of it has to do with the endless amount of snow on the ground for what feels like an entire year. Add the hide-and-seek sun, cloudy, gray skies and I’m looking to move South. No children or cute puppies, […]

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GLUTEN-FREE CINNAMON CRISPS

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Not much happening here at the old Smith Bites homestead; there is still snow on the ground (‘Suprise!’ she says sarcastically) and The Professor is in his nineth week of a 16-week semester. The good news is that as of today, it looks like temperatures near 50 will be here by Friday . . . […]

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ROASTED RED PEPPER SOUP WITH GLUTEN-FREE CRAB CAKES

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I’m not going to lament about the weather – we all know the West Coast is in a drought and both the Midwest and Eastern seaboard have been buried in snow and ice for the last several weeks. But today the sun is shining and I see the icicles falling one-by-one as the temperatures head […]

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SLOW COOKER CHICKEN BROTH – AND ONE SIMPLE CHANGE

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It was nearly seven years ago on a Palm Sunday weekend that The Professor found himself headed to the ER in an ambulance and me frantically calling my father-in-law for a ride to the hospital. It was terrifying not knowing exactly what was happening – especially when doctors used the words ‘possible heart attack.’ It […]

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INDIAN-SPICED POTATO SKINS

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So these little bites came about because The Professor and I both really enjoy Indian food – and we don’t make it at home – although I’m not sure why. I think it’s probably more a mindset than execution – and we don’t have any cookbooks covering this particular cuisine. But it’s a lovely marriage […]

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52 sundays; january 26,2014

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2013 was a big year travel year for The Professor and me; we began in March and didn’t stop until right before Thanksgiving. One of those trips involved getting in the car and heading East, making a loop up into upstate New York and back home again; it was a fun traveling in our own […]

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