Hard Cider has quite the colorful history here in America; in fact, during Colonial times in the Eastern States, Cider was more popular than beer, wine or whiskey. It was far more difficult to grow grains for beer than it was to grow apples so seeds were brought over from England, orchards were established and cider-making was as popular here as it was in England. By the mid-1800s, the New England states were producing nearly 300,000 gallons of cider every year.
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 pool. Now that swim lessons are over, however, I found myself faced with the seemingly unanswerable question: how to entertain two children all day long? Flipping through the Farmers’ Market edition of Vegetarian Times, a ray of sun fell beneficently down upon a page: a moment of enlightenment seemed to have occurred, and I knew what I was doing with the kids the next day.
Musical pairing – Rhubarb Pie by John Fogerty
I love pie. Let me back up and say I love a great pie. I love everything about a great tasting pie . . . the crust, the butter, the spices, not to mention that a pie in the oven makes the whole house smell like somebody loves you . . . and the filling . . . the glorious filling; especially fruit filling that bubbles over onto the baking sheet you’ve placed under your pie tin (you do this, right??) . . . because sometimes, just sometimes, that overflowing filling doesn’t necessarily burn but rather creates a glossy, ooey-gooeyness of pie filling goodness that you can sneak into your mouth before anyone is the wiser . . . oh my . . . yes, I do love me some pie . . .
Musical pairing – Missed Opportunity by Hall & Oates
Last March, The Professor and I took our first trip to Charleston, SC and absolutely fell head-over-heels in love! Instead of staying in a hotel, we rented a house about one block from one of the prettiest beaches I’ve ever seen and spent the entire week riding bicycles, combing the beach for shells and discovering all that Charleston and it’s rich history has to offer – including the food . . . oh my stars-and-garters, the food.
Musical pairing – Easy by Commodores
Twitter is full of comments about life being crazy busy right now and I must confess, I find myself in the same boat. Where are the lazy days of summer that songwriters wax poetic about ‘cuz they sure ain’t hangin’ around here – we are running from one forest fire to the next! Who has time to make a proper breakfast?
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 . . .
Musical pairing – Lucky by Jason Mraz
As a child, I remember having rhubarb plants in my backyard and my mother making stewed rhubarb – I L-O-V-E-D it; but I also remember mother saying that the leaves were toxic and gave me direct orders that I wasn’t to eat them . . . ‘hmmm’ . . . my defiant 8-year-old mind asked, ‘Is that really true or is she just saying that so I won’t eat it all raw? Do I tempt fate, try it and see what happens? What would happen if I only ate a teeny-weeny little bite – would I die and more importantly, would they ever find my body?’ (I was a bit dramatic). In the end, I decided to obey – a rarity for those of you who know me well . . . let’s just say that I have never been one to conform . . .