I grew up eating hearty meat stews and oven roasts throughout the cold Massachusetts winters. Fish was more of a summer dish-- freshly grilled and served with vegetables from the garden. It wasn't until I moved to Spain that I fully appreciated the versatility of fish for winter … [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!
While I've never fallen head over heels for Spanish rice dishes like paella, there was something about a recipe for baked rice with garbanzos that caught my attention. I adapted it from the fantastic Claudia Roden Foods of Spain cookbook, and added a few small twists to make it … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]