Happy New Year! This is the Professor. You might have noticed that it’s been a little quiet here at Smith Bites over the Holidays; Debra had a kidney stone and subsequent infection, but with mega doses of antibiotic and a little TLC, everything seems to be under control. Her energy is returning and we’ll be back to regular posting again soon.
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!
Musical pairing – A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock and Roll by Donny & Marie Osmond
It all started last week when a thread on Twitter caught my eye between Elle’s Kitchen, DuoDishes, AGoodAppetite and Vino Luci mentioning a drink called, ‘The Arnie Palmer’ – which turns out to be plain brewed iced tea sweetened with lemonade – 2/3 tea to 1/3 lemonade . . . who knew?? Because ever since I had the iced tea special at Gayle’s Bakery in Santa Cruz, I’ve been dying to create my own summer drink; I also wanted something pretty and I was fascinated by the layered effect that Gayle’s was able to achieve.
Musical pairing – Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps by Doris Day
Anyone familiar with Director Baz Luhrmann knows that the title reference is to one of my favorite movies, ‘Strictly Ballroom’ – have you seen it? If not, rent the movie or borrow from a friend. ‘Strictly Ballroom’ is probably one of Luhrmann’s lesser known films, but it’s a fast-paced, cheeky and satirical romp through the life of the ballroom dancing world.