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AVERY’S BLOOMINGTON BITES – IT’S GOOD TO BE HOME, PUNKIN


Musical pairing – Blindsided by Bon Iver

In the crush of finals week, I practically forgot a very important aspect of the end of the school year: moving back home. The last day of my semester arrived (unseasonably cold and sodden) and still all of my books were on their shelves, my desk drawers were still stuffed with papers and pens, my closet still stuffed with clothes. In a one-night whirlwind, I swept everything into some semblance of organization, though admittedly in a less stream-lined way than was probably possible. With the help of two of my friends, my roommate, and my dad, everything was carted down to the car the next day, I turned in my room key, and home we drove.

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dinner lunch Recipes vegetarian

THE PROFESSOR’S DRUNKEN NOODLES


Musical pairing – Just A Kiss by Lady Antebellum

When Debra and I first met, we spent a lot of time together; we immediately found common interests in music, travel, movies and food.  And having lived here all my life, I played tour guide and showed Debra parts of Indiana that she would have never seen . . . because she is directionally-challenged . . . a fact she completely owns up to and will tell you that any way she is facing is North . . . case and point? For nearly 6 months she traveled one single straight stretch of highway to and from work and the same road to and from the grocery store . . . that was about it – no exploring, no sight-seeing, no wandering Indiana . . . for fear she would get lost never to be found again . . .

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Recipes salad sides Spring vegetarian

RED QUINOA SALAD WITH CITRUS-CURRY DRESSING


Musical pairing – All We Are by Matt Nathanson

What feels like an eternity but in reality was only a month ago, The Professor was gone for the weekend and I took the opportunity to head down to Indianapolis to do some shopping . . . yep, actually drove. by. myself . . . and I didn’t get lost which is quite the accomplishment if you know me and my sense of direction . . . or the lack thereof . . . But on the way home, I stopped in at the grocery store and picked up a couple of salads from the deli counter; one was a Japanese Tofu salad and the other was a Quinoa (KEEN-wah) salad – I enjoyed them enough to recreate both with my own spin . . .

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Bloomington Bites Recipes soups vegetarian

AVERY’S BLOOMINGTON BITES – SEITAN NOODLE SOUP



Musical pairing – Spring by Tracy Chapman

Hey everyone! Thanks for all the kind and wonderful comments on my posts so far, and your curiosity regarding my lavender hair. Though I’m afraid the dye has faded a bit by now to a more pinkish-magenta tone, here’s a picture nonetheless so you can see for yourself!

Now onto this fabulous soup!

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Bloomington Bites desserts Recipes vegetarian Winter

AVERY’S BLOOMINGTON BITES – LAVENDER: PUDDING AND HAIR DYE



Musical pairing – Days Like This by Over The Rhine

I wouldn’t call myself the most spontaneous of people. I tend to plan more than I act on impulse, I (generally…) finish my schoolwork on time, and often I find the idea of “playing it by ear” more stressful than relaxing. So I’m not precisely sure how I found myself sitting in a chair at my friend’s house a few weekends ago while she applied purple dye to a strip of my hair.

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eggs pizza Recipes vegetarian

WHEN IN ROME . . . BREAKFAST PIZZA


Musical Pairing: I Run to You, Lady Antebellum

Contrary to what you might think, pizza in Italy is quite different from here in the States . . . sorry, but I speak the truth here.  I was fortunate to spend some time in Italy in 1997 and like a lot of folks, thought that pizza only consisted of pepperoni, sausage, cheese – and lots of it.  In fact, upon arriving in Rome, the first thing our group did was to find a restaurant and order pizza.  Trouble was, no one but our guide spoke the language and the men-folk in our group weren’t going to ask for help, no-siree-bob, they could handle it all on their own, thank-you-very-much . . . so they ordered what they thought was an extra-large pepperoni pizza . . . but when the waiter brought it to the table . . . it was covered in spicy-hot ‘pepperoncini’ – HAH!  What I learned on that trip is that when it comes to pizza, it’s no-holds-barred in Italy – including potato, peppers, fennel, olives, fish and everything in-between – fabulous!

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PIZZA WITH RADICCHIO, PEARS, GORGONZOLA AND WALNUTS

One of my favorite memories as a child was pizza night – which is crazy now that I think about it because my mom made it with sliced deli meat salami, black olives, canned mushrooms and shredded mozzarella cheese that she grated on a box grater – there was no such thing as pre-shredded cheese in those days (and no, I did not ride a horse to school or live in a Little House on the Prairie).