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BLOOMINGTON BITES: NO-KNEAD BREAD

Avery Olund-Smith is entering her sophomore year at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where’s she’s studying English. She’s from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts. She loves biking to Findlay Market and writing with the Cincinnati organization Women Writing for (a) Change, and considers food, writing, reading, and the beauties of both the city and the natural world amongst her passions.

Follow Your Nose . . .

Fun fact: one of my favorite smells in the whole world is the smell of a brewery. Living near the Christian Moerlein brewery in Cincinnati, I’ve spent my whole life breathing in the rich, yeasty smell that comes wafting through the city periodically, which it does particularly frequently on cool September and October days, so that I connect the smell most vividly with the return of early mornings and back-to-school.

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BLOOMINGTON BITES: MUESLI MEMORIES


Musical pairing – Gossip In The Grain by Ray LaMontagne

Cool days. Bright apples appearing in the markets and grocery stores. Pencils and backpacks, calculators and notebooks advertised at every hand. The whole world lately has been singing a back-to-school ode to me, a song of approaching autumn and the return to sweaters and textbooks and hearty, comforting food.

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BLOOMINGTON BITES: CLASSIC CHOCOLATE CAKE


Musical pairing – Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves by Aretha Franklin (with The Eurythmics)

‘An Adventure to the Classics‘ – As kids, my sister and I fell into two camps. I was the adventurous eater, my sister the picky one. I would pile on the spicy Indian sauces whereas my sister wouldn’t eat jelly on her peanut butter sandwiches. I’m sure I made a nuisance of myself as a preachy big sister, always insisting that the broccoli really was good, or that only fraidy-cats wouldn’t try gyros.

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Bloomington Bites Recipes Summer vegetarian

BLOOMINGTON BITES: CRUSTLESS LEEK & KALE QUICHE

‘FARMER’S MARKET PANTRY’ – In the good tradition of many food blogs––like, say, Smitten Kitchen––I’ve gotten some experience this summer doing small-kitchen cooking. My girlfriend is subletting an apartment with a kitchen that, while not exactly claustrophobic, is certainly not palatial, and requires a lot of cooking that looks more like some sort of intricately choreographed dance. But the smallness of the kitchen doesn’t mean we can’t cook and, what’s more, has caused us to realize all over again that sometimes it’s what’s outside of the kitchen that’s the most important. When we’re at the apartment, after all, we can walk to the farmer’s market. It’s a long walk, but one filled with beautiful early morning sights and smells, and rewarded with a trip to the “pantry” far better than any we could experience in even the largest, best-stocked kitchen.

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BLOOMINGTON BITES: TRIPLE BERRY POPS


Musical pairing – Popsicle Toes by Diana Krall

Innovating . . . Popsicle Style – In my life outside of writing for Smith Bites, I’m a summer babysitter. Day in and day out I calm tantrums, make snacks, run for paper towels, and shuttle back and forth from the swimming pool. Now that swim lessons are over, however, I found myself faced with the seemingly unanswerable question: how to entertain two children all day long? Flipping through the Farmers’ Market edition of Vegetarian Times, a ray of sun fell beneficently down upon a page: a moment of enlightenment seemed to have occurred, and I knew what I was doing with the kids the next day.

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BLOOMINGTON BITES – BLACKBERRY, JICAMA & APPLE SALAD


Musical pairing – Englishman in New York by Sting

Alien Encounters: Jicama – There’s no doubt about it: Jicama (HIH-kih-muh) can be quite intimidating. The large, brownish root, derived, Mark Bittman informs me, from a poisonous Central American vine, is very possibly as large as my head and devilishly tricky to peel. Not to mention the fact that the jicama will probably always be directly connected in my mind with the mysterious and slightly alien.

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Bloomington Bites Recipes salad Summer vegetarian

BLOOMINGTON BITES: ROASTED BEETS W/ORANGE SLICES


Musical pairing – Beat It by Cris Delanno

An Ode to Color – My favorite thing about beets is their color. Just sliced into, they reveal shocking jewel-bright shades of burgundy and topaz and saffron. Juiced, and they will turn a whole smoothie creamy pink. And roasted–wrapped in foil and slowly, intensely roasted– they simply can’t seem to restrain their bloody, passionate vibrancy. Juices start to leak through the seams in the foil, beads of dark ruby that collect on the roasting pan and shimmer and simmer there.

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52 sundays; father’s day, june 19, 2011

AVERY’S BLOOMINGTON BITES:
COMPLIMENTARY PAIRINGS – DAIKON & CARROT PICKLE

Sometime about a year ago, my dad and I stumbled into what almost instantly became a tradition: we woke up early one Saturday morning, pulled our bikes out of the garage, and biked to Cincinnati’s downtown Findlay Market. I remember that first bike ride as incredibly grueling– there is no way to get either to or from Findlay Market without going up several large hills– but for all its inherent difficulty, there was also something about the bike ride that found my dad and I up again the next Saturday, ready to do it all over again.

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AVERY’S BLOOMINGTON BITES – INJERA


Musical pairing – True Colors by Eva Cassidy

Being home with my family means eating a wide variety of food. In a given week we’ll often eat Indian food and make pizza, get some hummus and tabbouli, and perhaps some gelato to round things out. Though none of us would refuse a good helping of (veggie, in my case) burgers and fries, we seem, overall, to have more of an international bent than a domestic one.

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AVERY’S BLOOMINGTON BITES – IT’S GOOD TO BE HOME, PUNKIN


Musical pairing – Blindsided by Bon Iver

In the crush of finals week, I practically forgot a very important aspect of the end of the school year: moving back home. The last day of my semester arrived (unseasonably cold and sodden) and still all of my books were on their shelves, my desk drawers were still stuffed with papers and pens, my closet still stuffed with clothes. In a one-night whirlwind, I swept everything into some semblance of organization, though admittedly in a less stream-lined way than was probably possible. With the help of two of my friends, my roommate, and my dad, everything was carted down to the car the next day, I turned in my room key, and home we drove.

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AVERY’S BLOOMINGTON BITES – HAVE SOME EGGPLANT, HONEY


Musical pairing – Where Does the Good Go? by Tegan and Sara

I’m willing to bet that I’m not the only one who’s ever spent a lot of time looking forward to a break only to find it whizz by all too fast, jam-packed with get-togethers and appointments, outings and trips. So was my spring break this year. No sooner had I arrived home in Cincinnati than I was swept off my feet with a veritable tidal wave of things to do and people to see. And though almost all of the things I had to do were enjoyable– seeing old friends, taking my sister to breakfast before her schoolday started, and trying a new Cincinnati restaurant that serves up solely the most delectable grilled cheeses and tomato soups– there was nonetheless a part of me that yearned to just be home in my own house, observing spring blossom outside of the window.