Holidays

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM SMITH BITES!

Musical pairing – Thank You (Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again) by Gladys Knight & the Pips Here we are at the end of 2010 and at the beginning of a brand new year; remarkable, yes? It has been a crazy, wonderful, challenging yet very rewarding year.  And while it […]

JOY RISING

We’d like to wish you joy, peace, laughter and much love always – but especially this time of year.  And while the season tends to be so busy for the majority of us, The Professor and I wish you moments of child-like wonder, times of stillness to be present in […]

MOM’S VANILLA FUDGE WITH WALNUTS

I’m not really sure where my mom got this recipe but I remember her making it every Christmas we lived in Walla Walla in the little house on Ankeny Street. I remember the tiny galley kitchen with the light blue painted cabinets, white electric stove and the shiny Waring dutch […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]