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EASY DUCK FRITES WITH TZATZIKI CLASSIC DIPPING SAUCE

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Sabra. All content and opinions are always my own.

We’re in the last few months of this year, friends . . . what-the-what?! Summer is winding down and I have to admit, it’s been a good one for us Smith Bites. Work projects haven’t allowed us as much garden time as we’d have liked (Halp!! The weeds have taken over!) but there have been plenty of naps on the deck, books read and floating in the pool – we’ll take it.

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GLUTEN-FREE FRESH CORN CAKES WITH GUACAMOLE

These little corn cakes are quite tasty – we’ve made them during the winter months with frozen corn but I have to say, made with fresh, just-picked, milky sweet corn, a little splash of kefir for a bit of tang, a little heat from green chilies and topped with a guacamole veggie fusion – these are something really special. They’re so good, we’ve served them at dinner parties but still easy enough to have on a weeknight; serve them as a vegetarian dish with a side salad, add a fried egg and enjoy for breakfast or brunch – or pick up a rotisserie chicken and dinner al fresco is ready in under 30 minutes.

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ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH MAPLE GLAZE

I celebrated a birthday last month and The Professor really hit it out of the park this year; we were supposed to make a trip to the East Coast but sometimes life just doesn’t cooperate like we think it should. My guy still made the entire weekend really special with tickets to the theater, a bouquet of handmade paper flowers, an overnight visit from my sister-in-law and dinner at Cerulean Restaurant in Indianapolis – somewhere we hadn’t visited before. 

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HUMMUS FRY SAUCE

Well hello there! The Professor and I have been traveling these past six weeks on a summer abroad session with 14 college students to Italy; it was exciting, it was fun, it was a learning experience and if I’m being honest, it was, at times, bone-tired exhausting. But we’re back and good Lord, July 4th will be here in another two weeks – I think I’ve said it before but could we just stop time for a few days while I get my bearings???

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QUESO DIP WITH PICO DE GALLO

Deflate-gate, the unexpected and sudden loss of a beloved member of our food community and the snowpocalypse that wasn’t (at least in New York) – it’s not a stretch to say that it’s been a roller-coaster couple of weeks. I had planned to post this recipe much sooner in the month but sometimes life happens and well, here we are.

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TWICED-BAKED POTATO JACKETS WITH ROSEMARY

The Professor has been in LA at a college-related workshop all week and while I’ve missed him, I also know he’s had a great time; so far, the group has visited the Dancing With Stars set to watch this week’s live performances as well as a trip to the DreamWorks studio. They weren’t allowed to take photos but that’s alright because the excitement in his voice as he relayed the details was all I needed to know it has been a fabulous experience. 

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GLUTEN-FREE SPICY MEATBALL SOUP

My father passed away three days before 9/11 in 2001; he’d been diagnosed with cancer just 18 months prior and even though we knew what was coming, I’m not sure you’re really ever prepared for someone you love to pass from this life into the next. My family is spread all over the country and we all took shifts in traveling to Washington during his illness; my brother from California, a sister in Arizona, me in Indiana and our youngest sister, on the same street as my parents – and we were fortunate to make it home before the towers fell and all air travel came to a halt for several days following.

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GLUTEN-FREE COUSCOUS SALAD WITH OLIVES AND ROASTED VEGETABLES

We eat a fair amount of salads in our house and I’m always looking for ways to change them up, to make them more interesting than say, lettuce, tomato, radish and cucumbers. This Gluten-Free Couscous Salad with Ripe Olives and Roasted Vegetables is a great addition to have in your repitoire.

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POTATO GRATIN

The Professor and I managed to survive something called a ‘Polar Vortex’ – meaning temperatures for more than 48 hours were well below zero and windchill was a record-breaking -41 degrees. The good news is that as of today we’re in a heat wave at a 40 degrees above zero – break out the flip flops people!

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HOW TO MAKE GUACAMOLE

I won’t swear to this but I don’t believe I experienced the buttery goodness of an avocado until my family made the move to Arizona when I was 13. Because back in the day, (a) ‘seasonal’ really did mean seasonal – as in, if it’s not in season in my hometown, it’s not on the store shelves and (b) Walla Walla isn’t an avocado growing climate, (c) I’m certain that if avocados were available ‘in season’, my family couldn’t afford them and most importantly, (d) Avocados are green. With knarly, bumpy skins. And they are soft and squishy. My grade school self said ‘Gross!’

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PRESERVED MEYER LEMONS

The Professor and I are in the midst of a minor bathroom renovation at the moment; thank goodness it’s a teeny half-bath in the Master bedroom because the plumbing and wiring in a house that is nearly 100 years old is enough to give both of us heart palpitations and make our eyes cross – no junction box for a light fixture, no baseboard trim, no framing for plumbing that comes straight up through the floor from the basement – all in an area that measures approximately 5 feet by 6 feet – barely enough room to change your mind. I’m just thanking the gods above that we’re not dealing with a bathtub – silver linings, you know?