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EASY DUCK FRITES WITH TZATZIKI CLASSIC DIPPING SAUCE

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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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RED CURRY GLAZED BUTTERNUT SQUASH WITH COCONUT RICE

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Musical pairing – The Name Game by Shirley Ellis

We met in a somewhat unorthodox way. Cheryl was a panelist at a conference and I happen to sit in on her session about writing; funny, smart and articulate, I was an instant fan. Later in the day, we found ourselves sitting together at a table listening to a different group of panelists . . . actually, we were trying to listen to what was being said . . . but apparently, the two attendees also sitting at our table felt the conversation they were having was more important.

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4TH OF JULY WATERMELON SALAD


Musical pairing – Bang Bang by David Sanborn

Well here we are, 4th of July weekend . . . also the end of the week and you’re either having guests for the holiday or you’ve been invited to someone’s party.  And you’re supposed to bring something to share . . . problem is you just don’t have the energy to flip through magazines or that binder of recipes tucked away in a kitchen drawer to find something to make.  Sound familiar? You’re not alone. In fact, this is me right now. So here’s what I’m making – this super delicious, cool and refreshing Watermelon Salad with Jalapeno and Lime . . .

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GADO-GADO & A GRADUATION



Musical pairing – Hello, Goodbye by Glee Cast

Our niece, Avery, just graduated from High School as co-Salutatorian of her class and we headed over to Cincinnati to join in the festivities; it was quite the night – happiness, joy and tears – all roller-coastered into one evening.  How did that happen?  I married The Professor when Avery was just 5 years old; she was our flower girl who, after the ceremony declared, ‘I’ve waited my whole life to be a flower girl!’ Smile. I love that girl.  Her sister, Lydia, loves that girl.  All her family loves that girl.  A gifted writer, she’ll be attending Indiana University in Bloomington this fall – WOOT!

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NEITHER A CHICK NOR A PEA – FAVA BEAN PUREE



Musical pairing – I’m A Believer by Smash Mouth
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I love Alice Waters; in fact, I’ve been a fan of Alice Waters long before she became a National movement.  I love that she cares about our earth, I love that she’s a champion when it comes to educating children about food, I love that she wants to educate the rest of us about food and I love her Fava Bean Puree recipe in her new book, ‘In The Green Kitchen.’

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BLACK BEANS & RICE AND THE PROFESSOR


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Musical pairing – You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song), Jeffrey Osborne

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There is a running joke in the family that The Professor and I never dated . . . and we didn’t . . . even though we spent quite a bit of time together, it was never, ever called ‘a date’. Once we decided we were getting married, the wedding took place within 10 days – yes, you read that correctly, 10 days and it was quite lovely.  But the first meal The Professor ever cooked for me (on a ‘non-date’ night of course) is still one of my all-time favorites and always takes me back to that house on 38th Street, the galley kitchen and the cute little dining room with hardwood floors.