Summer

SIMPLY WATERMELON

[grooveshark width=”250″ height=”40″ id=”30763619″ style=”metal”] Musical pairing – Watermelon Man by Mongo Santamaría The first whack of my knife against the variegated green and the thick skin of a watermelon bursts open revealing pink-red flesh speckled with jet-black tear-dropped seeds. I’m reminded of the Little House on Ankeny Street where […]

GLUTEN-FREE FENNEL TART

I have been a ‘pie girl’ for as long as I can remember; my choice of birthday treat was almost always a cherry pie – except those times when I requested Angel Food cake – primarily because I thought maybe eating Angel Food cake would make me more . . […]

SWEET CORN ICE CREAM W/CARAMEL CORN

Musical pairing – Baby, Now That I’ve Found You by Alison Krauss When Joyce asked me if I’d like to guest post for her, the first question I asked was, ‘what topic do you want covered?’ And when she replied, ‘Farmer’s Markets, Farmers or a recipe using market ingredients’ . […]

MOVIE BITES: RATATOUILLE

Musical pairing – C’est si bon by Yves Montand You may remember from some of my former posts that I have recently relocated to Florida. Roughly .002 seconds after crossing the state line, my husband and I procured annual passes to Walt Disney World. While most people enjoy a night […]

BLOOMINGTON BITES: CRUSTLESS LEEK & KALE QUICHE

‘FARMER’S MARKET PANTRY’ – In the good tradition of many food blogs––like, say, Smitten Kitchen––I’ve gotten some experience this summer doing small-kitchen cooking. My girlfriend is subletting an apartment with a kitchen that, while not exactly claustrophobic, is certainly not palatial, and requires a lot of cooking that looks more like […]

BLOOMINGTON BITES: TRIPLE BERRY POPS

Musical pairing – Popsicle Toes by Diana Krall Innovating . . . Popsicle Style – In my life outside of writing for Smith Bites, I’m a summer babysitter. Day in and day out I calm tantrums, make snacks, run for paper towels, and shuttle back and forth from the swimming […]

WHITE CHERRY & PEACH JAM

Musical pairing – Black Horse And The Cherry Tree by KT Tunstall I could tell you that I’ve made both cooked jam and freezer jam . . . I could also tell you that I prefer freezer jam because somehow, it tastes fresher (at least to moi) . . . […]

SQUASH & PECORINO FRITTATA

Musical pairing – Time And Tide by Basia Frittata’s are one of those recipes that really doesn’t have to be a recipe – primarily because you can make a frittata with nearly anything in your refrigerator . . . including little bits of leftovers.

BLOOMINGTON BITES – BLACKBERRY, JICAMA & APPLE SALAD

Musical pairing – Englishman in New York by Sting Alien Encounters: Jicama – There’s no doubt about it: Jicama (HIH-kih-muh) can be quite intimidating. The large, brownish root, derived, Mark Bittman informs me, from a poisonous Central American vine, is very possibly as large as my head and devilishly tricky to […]