Thyme was not an herb my family used often-- my mother isn't a fan and it was her kitchen after all! My few memories of tasting thyme are of huge sprigs decorating meat dishes at some of the restaurants I used to work at, a no-no for today's chefs who have the "if you can't eat … [Read more...]
I love to cook and my recipes are a reflection of the Spanish classics (mostly from my Andalusian mother-in-law) and my love for travel. For simple Spanish recipes with an occasional twist, you're in the right place!
Salt cod, or bacalao in Spanish is one of the world's most fascinating foods. So interesting, in fact, that Mark Kurlansky wrote a fantastic book about it that won the prestigious James Beard Award. On my food tours people often ask why we still eat salt cod. Wouldn't it be … [Read more...]
My favorite olive oil cakes are moist and rich, usually combined with citrus and bursting with flavor. Sometimes I add in fruit like apples or grapes, or top my olive oil cakes with glazes and nuts. This recipe for Spanish olive oil cake is very simple, and uses plain greek … [Read more...]
After a year of eating out almost every day of the week, being back in my kitchen feels amazing. And, as fate would have it, my resolution to start cooking again coincided with my new gig as the About.Com Spanish Food Expert. I'll admit I was weary about taking on more work at … [Read more...]
Cooking is my therapy. I love every minute of it-- from buying the right ingredients to chopping and mincing, boiling and baking, and, finally, serving and eating. The only part I despise is cleaning up (does anyone like that part?). But one of the best parts of cooking is the … [Read more...]