Cook, Eat, Share, Coexist — Denia’s Unique Food Festival

You may not have heard of Qique Dacosta. But pretty much any foodie in Europe knows his name. He's the recipient of a whole bunch of culinary awards -- not to mention his THREE Michelin stars.  If you're like me, though, mushroom fricaseed pate of duck feet foam isn't really your thing. So I haven't [...]

Cook, Eat, Share, Coexist — Denia’s Unique Food Festival2017-11-09T01:20:07-06:00

Connecting with Catalunya

A "Madrileño" (Madrid) friend stared at me intently. "Seriously, Denise? I can NOT believe that you can be a fan of the Barcelona soccer team. If you knew their fans, those Catalans, you would change your mind in a heartbeat." And there it was -- the raw truth of why we're all a bit testy these [...]

Connecting with Catalunya2017-10-20T08:40:50-06:00

The Spanish Rules of Eating

We went out to breakfast, like most days when we're in Spain. Well, almost.  Unlike most days, our friend, Irene, and her 4-yr old son, Leo were here.  So the priorities got rearranged just a little.  Instead of considering where we could get the best coffee and food, the first consideration was how good the [...]

The Spanish Rules of Eating2017-10-02T06:43:15-06:00

Rants and Raves — and a Little Green Cheese

I wrote the article. I even sketched up a Stingy Goat cartoon (seriously!). And then I landed in Spain... And all my agitation with people and situations I'd had to deal with recently just evaporated. It's hard to be pissy when you're eating incredible food and drinking amazing wine with fabulous friends. So this post [...]

Rants and Raves — and a Little Green Cheese2017-09-22T09:23:54-06:00

Fall Veggies and Winter Romesco

It was colder than I thought it would be in February. Spain is supposed to be the warm part of Europe.  Yeah, right... Wait.  Hold the phone. It's September in Colorado as I write this. Why are we talking about February? Ah, well, because I just realized that when a student asked about Spanish sauces, [...]

Fall Veggies and Winter Romesco2017-09-09T15:33:56-06:00

Refrigerator Shame — and Zucchini Love

Sometimes you get hit right between the eyes with a "moment"... "Oh S#!^! I'm doing exactly what I tell other people not to do!" And guess who reminded me of my hypocrisy?  My refrigerator. I wish I were kidding, but I'm not.  I've been whining (a LOT -- just ask Al) about taking on too much, [...]

Refrigerator Shame — and Zucchini Love2017-08-31T15:56:15-06:00

The Internets, Baby Goats, Scooping Poop, and Cheese

What do The Internets, Baby Goats,  Cow and Goat Poop, and Cheese have to do with each other? Well I'll just tell ya. I've been in internet hell for the past 2 weeks, after my shopping cart provider who-shall-not-be-named did a little bait and switch and my $34/mo plan turned into $129/mo.  Needless to say, [...]

The Internets, Baby Goats, Scooping Poop, and Cheese2017-08-02T19:53:50-06:00

Play Like a Grown-up Part 3

Swine 'n Dine.  That's what we called our cooking club. There were 4 couples, and at least one person in each couple loved to cook, so we had some pretty spectacular meals. I still remember the shark empanadas that our Venezuelan friend, Oscar prepared. Swine 'n Dine faded away for various reasons, but we've missed [...]

Play Like a Grown-up Part 32017-07-20T19:16:43-06:00

Play Like a Grown-up Part 2

"Hey, let's spend an entire year designing, creating, and building a cool monument, put it up for 4 days, and then -- burn it down!" Sounds crazy, no? But that's what they do for the Las Fallas festival in the region of Valencia, Spain. The interesting part, though, is not so much about the monuments (yes, [...]

Play Like a Grown-up Part 22017-07-18T17:37:59-06:00

Play Like a Grown-up Part 1

All summer long, in our neighborhood, we played Cowboys and Indians. I was the horse. It was OK with me. I happen to like horses. Besides, I was the only one old enough and strong enough to pull the wagon, or give horseback rides. The downside for the other kids was that they had [...]

Play Like a Grown-up Part 12017-04-19T13:55:05-06:00