“Stuck” in Spain – Let’s Get Cookin’!

When the virus gives you lemons...  Forget the lemonade, how about some Limoncello?  ;)  But that's a recipe for another day. So here we are, spending our Spain time stuck indoors, waiting out the virus. We're taking advantage of the indoor time to cook more often.  Well, we don't really have a choice, as all [...]

“Stuck” in Spain – Let’s Get Cookin’!2020-03-19T10:37:50-06:00

Paella Beaujolais… and a Religious Experience

Yeah, yeah, I know. My Spanish friends have already threatened to disown me for calling it "Paella." But that's what you get when you combine the Beaujolais harvest in France with the best-you-can-do-with-what-you've-got paella made outside of Spain. But I'm getting ahead of myself. We made our trek to Spain at the very beginning of [...]

Paella Beaujolais… and a Religious Experience2019-10-21T02:13:23-06:00

A New Kind of Resolution — Let’s COOK!

Have you heard about Cook90?  I stumbled across it a a few months ago, and thought -- now THERE'S a New Year's Resolution worth doing!   David Tamarkin, editor of Epicurious magazine, came up with the great idea in 2015 to start off 2016 by giving his home cooking skills a shot in the arm.  He [...]

A New Kind of Resolution — Let’s COOK!2019-01-06T13:02:17-07:00

The Zen of Homemade Bread — in 5 Minutes (hands on) or Less

I heard an ad on the radio this morning, proclaiming;  "Americans can't sit still!" Wait, what? We're actually proud of the fact that we're over-committed and running from dawn til dusk (or later)?  I dunno about you, but after my initial jolt of pride, my practical side kicks in and screams... "ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING [...]

The Zen of Homemade Bread — in 5 Minutes (hands on) or Less2018-03-10T08:19:11-07:00

Old World Wood-Fired Goodness

For more years than I care to count, I've had fantasies of a gorgeous stone oven, as the centerpiece of my future European-style outdoor kitchen. You know, those big brick jobs that make your house pale in comparison? Well, I started pricing out a "real people" version many  years ago, and knew that even  that [...]

Old World Wood-Fired Goodness2017-12-13T09:43:50-07:00

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

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