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Fall Gluten-Free meat poultry Recipes

FORBIDDEN WALDORF SALAD WITH SMOKED TURKEY

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Musical pairing – Downtime by Vonda Shepard

Until about three months ago, I’d never heard of black rice, or ‘forbidden’ rice. But during one of our stays on Vashon, Chef Danny made a pot of black rice and served it with a simple pork loin roast and some roasted vegetables; not only was the rice a hit but it looked beautiful on the plate too. I finally found a source in my area, tossed it in my rice cooker and 30 minutes later, voila – perfectly cooked black rice.

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cocktails Recipes

STONE FRUIT HOT TODDY

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Musical pairing – Daddy Sang Bass by Johnny Cash

I’m not sure if the cold and flu season begins but I do know that it arrived here at Smith Bites 2 weeks ago – first The Professor and then four days later, moi. Somehow I’d managed to stay cold-free for more than two years; alas, wasn’t able to dodge this one.

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drinks Recipes

APPLE-PLUM SANGRIA

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Musical pairing – Let The Sun Shine by Labrinth

The days are shorter, nights longer, temperatures cooler . . . bon fires, raking leaves, one final sweep of the lawn with the mower, we tuck the outdoor furniture away and drag the garden hose, shovel, pitch fork, trowel and gloves to the shed; we admire the mums, place the pumpkins on the porch steps, replace the welcome mat, drink hot chocolate, share s’mores  . . . *snap* and just like that – it’s fall.

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breakfast Recipes

GLUTEN-FREE BROWN-BUTTER YEASTED WAFFLES

Waffles were a big deal at the little house on Ankeny Street; my mother had a large waffle baker that had a long black ‘fabric-type’ of cord with little gold threads running through it. She would make one very large waffle or 4 individual pieces could be torn apart and shared; butter, jam or maple syrup was passed around the table and we were convinced we were the luckiest kids on the street.

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MEDIA Recipes salad

ASPARAGUS SALAD WITH TOMATO VINAIGRETTE

The Professor and I are participating in Verizon’s ‘Savy Gourmet’ program and have been having fun testing Motorola’s new XYBoard (ZIE-board). We met a group of Midwest friends in Chicago last month to get a few lessons on what this new tablet can do. We’ll be talking about the XYBoard tablet in future posts but now I want to share my take on a particular salad we enjoyed at a top-secret dinner, held in a top-secret place.

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TRAVEL

LEMON THYME CAKES WITH LEMON VODKA SYRUP

For many years Anne Castle had a dream. What began as a vision took more than two years to complete when Anne left her corporate job and opened The Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls.  After 27 years of marriage, Anne divorced her husband and middle-aged, with gray hair, no experience, no money and no credit, her journey was not without struggle. But with sheer determination and the help of daughter Ellen and a local contractor named Terry (who later became Ellen’s husband), Cedar Falls opened its doors in 1987. Each room of the inn pays homage to Anne’s legacy with this message:

‘This is not a Pollyanna-glad-girl story, however, the struggle to withstand backbreaking work, mind-bending discouragement, seemingly countless physical, emotional and financial blocks, is a long tale . . . a story not unlike many great entrepreneurs.’

Anne passed away a short four years later but Ellen and Terry, continue to honor Anne’s vision – and they’ve been doing it quite well for the last 25 years.

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Recipes

GRAPEFRUIT CHAMPAGNE PUNCH W/LEMON THYME

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Musical pairing – When I Fall In Love by Celine Dion and Clive Griffon

Happy Anniversary Professor . . . you are the love of my life, my true North, my rock, my best friend . . . it is hard to believe that 14 years have come and gone . . . And I wouldn’t trade them for all the money in the world because really, what we have . . . what we share . . . cannot be purchased with any amount of money, silver or gold . . .

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pasta Recipes

ARUGULA & PARMESAN RAVIOLI PRIMAVERA


Musical pairing – Primavera by Carlos Santana

I don’t know about you, but I am welcoming spring with open arms . . . just wish she’d hurry up and get here . . . and then hang around for a while; we’ve had wide swings in temperatures and record precipitation these past couple of months. When I hit the grocery store this time of year, I am unapologetically giddy at the sight of seasonal strawberries, fresh peas, rows of potted herbs and vibrant green and purple asparagus!

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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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AVERY’S BLOOMINGTON BITES – HAVE SOME EGGPLANT, HONEY


Musical pairing – Where Does the Good Go? by Tegan and Sara

I’m willing to bet that I’m not the only one who’s ever spent a lot of time looking forward to a break only to find it whizz by all too fast, jam-packed with get-togethers and appointments, outings and trips. So was my spring break this year. No sooner had I arrived home in Cincinnati than I was swept off my feet with a veritable tidal wave of things to do and people to see. And though almost all of the things I had to do were enjoyable– seeing old friends, taking my sister to breakfast before her schoolday started, and trying a new Cincinnati restaurant that serves up solely the most delectable grilled cheeses and tomato soups– there was nonetheless a part of me that yearned to just be home in my own house, observing spring blossom outside of the window.