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GLUTEN-FREE CREAMED MUSHROOM & FRESH THYME PIZZA


It’s February, it’s Valentine’s Day week, it’s cold outside and there’s snow on the ground – pretty typical here in the Midwest.

GLUTEN-FREE JAPANESE-STYLE CRAB CAKE BITES


These crab cakes are a spin on sushi – probably my favorite Japanese food. Gluten-free bread crumbs, snap peas, scallions and tamari replace traditional crab cake ingredients, the guacamole-wasabi and pickled ginger garnish give these crab cake bites a fresh twist.

GLUTEN-FREE CHICKPEA, TOMATO AND BREAD SOUP


Today began rather early – 3:30am to be exact; one of those nights where sleep is restless as I process the tasks completed yesterday as well as those left undone.

GLUTEN FREE APPLE CHAI SPICED SCONES


We’re in the throws of winter here in the Midwest – although we managed to dodge big blizzard, ‘Jonas’, of 2016 and for that I am grateful (I mean seriously, 40-inches of snow in 24 hours?

WARM CARAMELIZED ONION-HUMMUS DIP WITH SEASONED CHIPS


One last post for 2015; every year I get to the end of December and marvel at how fast the year sped by and then I scroll through my Instagram feed smiling at all the wonderful moments The Professor and I have experienced.

HONEY BRITTLE WITH PEANUTS


Is everyone ‘over the hills and through the woods’ on their way to Grandma’s yet? At the moment, The Professor and I are in the air on our way to Arizona to visit family for the holidays; I’m rocking out to Michael McDonald bringing it home with ‘Children Go Where I Send Thee’ and there are two puppies under each of our seats traveling with their owners seated behind us.

SKIRT STEAK TACOS W PICKLED PURPLE ONIONS & GUACAMOLE


Twas the week of Christmas and all through the house . . . we’re racing around like a goose and a grouse .

GLUTEN-FREE PERSIMMON PUDDING


Until a year ago, I had only used persimmons as table decorations but had never actually tasted a persimmon – even though I’ve lived here in Indiana for almost 20 years and persimmons are well-known in these parts.

GLUTEN FREE PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE


A super quick and straight-to-the-point post for you today – pumpkin cheesecake! It took multiple failures and several online conversations with my friend Jenni but we finally have a pumpkin cheesecake worthy of any holiday table – or any type celebration for that matter.

ROOTED AND PINNED


The day began with sourdough pancakes, warm, aubergine cardamom plums and hot, caramel-colored coffee in a fancy new black and white cup; the last of the Sugar Maple leaves had fallen – thousands scattered across the lawn in varying stages of decay.

FARMER’S RANCH COTTAGE PIE


We don’t make casseroles very often now but I do remember making them weekly when I was a single mom; they almost always included canned cream of chicken or mushroom soup, a pound of protein in the form of chicken or ground beef and a frozen vegetable – usually carrots or corn.

SWEDISH-STYLE ROSTÏ WITH SMOKED SALMON & CREAMY CUCUMBER DILL DIP


I’ve mentioned before we are lovers of all-things-potatoes; chipped, mashed, baked, roasted, scalloped, cheesed, twice-baked and stuffed as well as fried, it’s a given that nary a potato goes to waste in this house.

september 28, 2015


Blood Moon the night before, ruffly clouds appear to be blown across the crystal blue skies this morning; hundreds of starlings cover graveyard tombstones as they gather to migrate towards warmer climates.

GLUTEN-FREE PEACH SCONES


It’s been a great summer here at the Smith Bites Homestead; it is the first summer where The Professor didn’t teach during the break and we’ve had more than eight weeks to dig in our garden, work on our home and just simple be – sleep late, stay up late, read books, have friends over, bake, grill, eat and repeat.

PUMPKIN DIP


It is not lost on me that while I’m still enjoying the last dog days of summer – hello high humidity and 90-degree temperatures – I’m here with a recipe for pumpkin dip.

BURGER WITH GARLIC AOLI AND SWEET POTATO CURLIES


The days get shorter, the sun sets a little earlier, the temps are slowly creeping into sweater or jacket weather, our garden is nearly spent and over the past couple of weeks, I’ve seen some pretty cute back-to-school photos in my social media feeds.

GLUTEN-FREE LATE SUMMER PEACH PIE WITH ALMOND STREUSEL


It was nearly 20 years ago when I packed up my house in the Pacific Northwest and moved to the Midwest; I didn’t know anyone here other than a few young adults from my church who were attending the same college I was going to attend.

GLUTEN-FREE FRIED GREEN TOMATOES WITH FARMER’S RANCH DIP


The cicada’s are back, the weather is typical for this time of year: hot and humid and The Professor and I have enjoyed quite a bit of time outdoors in our garden.

GLUTEN-FREE PEACH DUTCH BABY


The Professor and I have been spending our summer working outdoors, digging in our garden beds and fighting off the critters for our share of the vegetables; so far it’s been critters who have reigned supreme but we’re replanting and hope we get to enjoy more than a handful of this year’s veggies.

GLUTEN-FREE BACON, LETTUCE, AVOCADO & TOMATO WRAP AKA ‘THE BLAT’


Even though it’s been continuous rain with brief moments of sunshine, our summer temperatures have still been quite hot – mid to upper 80s with humidity above 60 percent.


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