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SNAPSHOT OF A FRIDAY

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SANTA FE

I signed up for a Food-Writing-101 class on a whim back in late February thinking it would help me become a better food writer – I mean, that’s what the title says, yes? And while I understand I am capable of putting two sentences together, I’ve never considered myself a ‘real’ writer much less someone who has studied food professionally in any form. But a funny thing happened on my way through eight weeks of class . . . thoughts, words and memories eased themselves into my consciousness . . . and I began to write them down.

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52 sundays Places TRAVEL

52 sundays; august 28, 2011

I haven’t shared much about our vacation in Vermont because somehow the calendar says August has nearly come and gone . . . how that happened is beyond me . . . but regardless, on one of our vacation days we headed up to Moss Glenn Falls for a hike. Now considering that my brother-in-law is legendary for his ‘forced marches’ as we so lovingly call them (will tell that story soon, promise), some of us . . . er, that would be moi, were a teensy bit skeptical about his reference to it being an ‘easy’ hike . . . none-the-less, The Professor and I travel for the experiences and I wasn’t about to let this one pass me by . . . and this hike was a real treat!

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CHEF INTERVIEW WITH SKIRTZ & JOHNSTON


Skirtz and Johnston at 6 o’clock in the morning, set picturesquely in Cincinnati’s historic Findlay Market, is all gold and sweet scents. The pale peach walls resound with music as the bakers pull aromatic trays of pastries from racks, laying them out on white platters for displaying in the window. Some of them are sprinkled with crystalline sugars or drizzled with ribbons of white icing.

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Places TRAVEL

SUDDENLY I SEE – BLOGHER FOOD 10


Musical pairing – Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall

I’m here.  I made it. I’m alive.  I think.

The Professor and I took off last Thursday evening and headed to San Francisco to attend BlogHer Food 10 – the largest, most anticipated food blogging conference in the US (don’t really know if that’s fact as a whole, but for moi, it was indeed the most anticipated event of my entire year.)  It would be a very quick trip – one in which we would be on the ground less than 48 hours and then back on a plane, heading home to Indiana.  Was I outta my freakin’ mind?  Yes.  And no.

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People Places TRAVEL

BIG SUMMER POTLUCK & DOUGHNUT MUFFINS


Musical pairing – Taking Chances by Celine Dion

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 . . .

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People Places TRAVEL

BIG SUMMER POTLUCK


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!

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Nature Our Garden Places

OUR CHICKEN FARMER


These are a few of the happy chickens down the road who supply our eggs.

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MEDIA People Places Recipes

DR. DOM CARISTI & AFFOGATO – NOT YOUR AVERAGE CUP OF JOE

Dr. Dom Caristi

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN – Smith Bites Interview with Dr. Dom Caristi

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!

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DIM SUM . . . and then some . . .

Musical pairing – Waiting For The Sun by Future Loop Foundation

No matter how well you plan something, “stuff” happens, and never is this more true than when traveling.  When we made a quick 3-day trip to Salt Lake City back in May, our intentions were to see our granddaughter, meet Maria and Josh from TwoPeasAndTheirPod, and check out some local culinary establishments – quite a bit for 3 short days.  The Professor takes great pride in planning our trips and he does a fantastic job.  In his Internet research wizardry, he also found that the Viking Cooking School in Salt Lake City offers some pretty fantastic cooking classes.  Our first cooking class together was during our trip to Charleston, SC in March and was a blast – besides, this cooking class would be about Dim Sum!

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HOME AGAIN & DISHIN’ W/MAC


Musical pairing – Meet Me in California by Plain White T’s

I’m baaaccckkkkk from a week in Santa Cruz with lots of crazy adventures like our forced march, hike through the Redwood forest (that’s us – the tiny group at the bottom left of that very big tree).  The climb took 4 + hours to complete – 4 miles hiking up 500 feet and back down again.  Believe me, there were times . . . oh who am I kidding . . . there were MANY, MANY times I wanted to quit but I persevered and made it . . . last into camp, but I was upright and no paramedics were called; a feat in-and-of-itself considering just how out of shape I am!