Musical pairing – The Way I Am by Ingrid Michaelson
This will be one of those short and sweet posts because a couple of months ago, I promised the egg dish to these biscuits and now I’m going to fulfill that promise! If you’ve been reading Smith Bites for a while, you’ll know that we are big, big fans of Virginia Willis and her recipes; in fact, we’re on the list to receive her ‘Southern Saturdays’ by email which is where this particular egg dish comes from.
I am thrilled to be guest-posting over at Cakeduchess today; Lora and I have become great friends via twitter but I feel as if I’ve known her my whole life! I’ve been a fan of her blog for a while now – she found me first when she made one of The Professor’s favorite desserts and we’ve been fast friends since. Turns out her husband’s family and my mother’s family are both from the Calabria region of Italy – how cool is that?!
Musical pairing – Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts
This is The Professor, and I’m making my second guest post here on Smith Bites. My last post was after classes ended for Winter Break when I had a little free time, which gave Debra a little respite from her writing. While “free time” isn’t in my vocabulary at this time of year, I really want to share this fabulous and simple gelato recipe that accompanies an equally fabulous celebration.
You see, someone’s having a birthday today . . . Now I’m not sure just how celebratory someone is feeling about growing a year older (and really, how many women get excited about another birthday whizzing by?) but I always make it a celebration. I am fortunate that her birthday is sandwiched between Valentine’s Day and our Wedding Anniversary, so there are plenty of opportunities to shower her with flowers, gifts and romantic meals. Let’s just say it was a whirlwind of emotions that February of 1998, but we’ll save that story for another post.
Musical pairing – Country Strong by Gwyneth Paltrow
I would have to say that one of the perks of being a food blogger is having the opportunity to be surrounded by so many fabulous home-cooks as well as meeting some mighty fine chefs – and let me just tell you, these people bring their A-game to the blogging world! Last fall I met Chef Virginia Willis who is just as gracious as a Southerner can be. I had been reading her blog for a while and I subscribed to her newsletter so when this Country Ham Cheddar Biscuit recipe showed up in my email, I knew we’d be making them.
Musical pairing – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Michael McDonald
I think I’ve mentioned here before that I haven’t always been a breakfast eater; in my defense I think it’s because I don’t get particularly excited about cold cereal nor am I a fan of drinking milk straight up – ugh. BUT give me a great egg dish, biscuits and gravy, some candied bacon or these blueberry-cornmeal pancakes and I’m so there. In fact, now that I’m a grownup (and I am a grownup, ahem . . . plus . . .) cold cereal for breakfast is almost non-existant in this house.
Musical pairing – Missed Opportunity by Hall & Oates
Last March, The Professor and I took our first trip to Charleston, SC and absolutely fell head-over-heels in love! Instead of staying in a hotel, we rented a house about one block from one of the prettiest beaches I’ve ever seen and spent the entire week riding bicycles, combing the beach for shells and discovering all that Charleston and it’s rich history has to offer – including the food . . . oh my stars-and-garters, the food.
I DID IT!!! I flew by myself to Pennsylvania last Friday, rented a car and drove BY MYSELF (with Lilly’s help – I’ve named my GPS Lilly) to the home of ThreeManyCooks and met people I only knew on Twitter; then flew back home on Sunday – YAY FOR ME!!! Only a couple of times where I panicked – once when I couldn’t figure out how to get out of the rental car parking lot . . . go ahead I’ll wait for the laughter to die down . . . and once on the return of said car to the same said parking lot at 5am when I learned that they weren’t open that time of morning. My plane was to take off at 6:05 and I still had to print my boarding pass and get thru security . . . but in my defense, I hadn’t slept but 10 hours over the last three days . . . so there may have been a teeny bit of hysteria during that part of the trip . . . yes, I am a wuss and a drama queen all rolled into one . . .
Tomorrow is the much Tweeted about ‘Big Summer Potluck’ hosted by fellow bloggers ThreeManyCooks and IvoryHut – super talented ladies, great recipes and hysterically funny! I’ve been on pins and needles for weeks anticipating the trip and everything I would learn, but mostly I’m excited to meet the 30+ bloggers who are gathering here in Pennsylvania for this one-day workshop!
I found Joe’s Butcher Shop and Fish Market about a year and a half ago and my menus have never been the same. Indianapolis Monthly published an entire issue for food lovers (that’s me) on where to find all the good stuff Indianapolis has to offer – and there on page 63, was Joe’s; I was stunned to learn that there was a real, live butcher shop within 30 miles of me, so armed with my magazine and a GPS system, The Professor and I headed down the road. What we found was a resource for some of the best organic and sustainable meat and fish we’ve ever eaten, as well as someone who has a real passion for not only what he does, but how he feeds the rest of us.
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down for a chat with Dr. Dom Caristi, one of The Professor’s colleagues at Ball State University; Dom and his wife, Kim are also good friends of ours and they fed us a wonderful dinner that evening. I asked Dom to share his experiences about his Italian heritage and what he observed while teaching in Macerata (MAH-chuh-RAH-tuh), Italy in 2008. I do hope you’ll take the time to listen – Dom is both entertaining and knowledgeable about the food culture in Italy – he has some great stories to tell!
Musical pairing – If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d Have Baked A Cake by Eileen Barton
This post is a labor of love, and by that I mean that I count myself very fortunate to have married into one of the best families ever – and that includes my cousins on the Green side: Liz, Brenda, David and Andrea. We don’t see each other very often even though we live relatively close, but Facebook has kept us connected – which is how I ended up with this recipe and the memories that come with it.