Author: Debra

CRANBERRY VANILLA COFFEE CAKE

Musical pairing – Please Come Home For Christmas by The Eagles This will be one of those posts I beg forgiveness in advance about my photos (which I normally don’t do); you see, I made this coffee cake last year for Christmas before I started blogging or had any inkling about […]

RED APPLES, GREEN PEARS & PEAR JAM WITH VANILLA BEAN

Musical pairing – Winter Song by Sara Bareilles (with Ingrid Michaelson) As a child, I remember my mother canning tomatoes, making grape juice in jars, putting up pickles, freezing green beans and corn and making jams; in fact most families did because we lived in a rural town surrounded by […]

DATES STUFFED W/PARMESAN SLIVERS & WALNUTS

Musical pairing – Where Are You Christmas? by Faith Hill A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I was a single mom of two boys.  And as any single parent knows, putting food on the table can be a real challenge but I was very, very fortunate […]

52 Sundays; December 5, 2010

We had our first measurable snowfall of the season yesterday – it was beautiful because I was indoors . . . albeit with a 2-man crew replacing our gas hot water heater . . . but still nice because I also made a fabulous turkey pot pie with a puff […]

COCONUT MACAROONS W/NUTELLA

Musical pairing – Let It Snow by Ella Fitzgerald I guess I was a weird kid because one of my favorite candy bars was Almond Joy – I love coconut – and coconut plus chocolate plus almonds? Uhm, yes please. I don’t eat candy bars anymore but I still love […]

CRANBERRY FRENCH TOAST W/MASCARPONE CREAM

Musical pairing – Cruisin’ by Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis During the weekdays, we’re up pretty darn early so breakfast here at Smith Bites consists of a bowl of steel cut oatmeal or a scone or muffin pulled from the freezer and baked off in time for The Professor to […]

52 Sundays; November 28, 2010

THANKSGIVING 2010 Collaboration by Phyllis Smith, Elaine Olund-Smith, Avery Smith . Welcome all, each in their place This year, The Professor is not saying grace. Tis Thanksgiving twenty-ten October gone, November again. Days are wet, gray and cold Black Friday looms – exciting, bold. But, first, join hands with loved […]

COCKTAIL HOUR & OUR THANKSGIVING PLAYLIST

The menu has been planned, my shopping is done, I already have a few dishes prepared and this year’s table is being dressed today. And if you’re still looking for a simple, yet elegant table, take a peek at what we did last year – it may give you a […]

52 Sundays; November 21, 2010

‘Where are those damn turkeys?!’ Those words were first spoken by Uncle Dan, an uncle I didn’t have the good fortune to meet as he passed away before The Professor and I were married – but I know I would have loved him because Uncle Dan liked to cook.  The […]