“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

Eat Yer Peas!

Growing up in the South -- with a superstitious Mom -- we were required to eat black-eyed peas on every single New Year's Day for our entire lives.  It didn't matter if you were a grown-up with a job and 3 kids.  You still got the call on New Year's Day:  "Did you eat your black-eyed [...]

Eat Yer Peas!2019-01-03T15:31:54-07:00

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

Cooking with Friends – Spanish Comfort Food

There aren't many things I enjoy more than cooking with good friends. In Spain, that's not so hard to do, since pretty much everybody loves good food, and enjoys sharing their favorite dish with you. This year I've been super lucky to spend a lot of cooking and learning time with two different friends who [...]

Cooking with Friends – Spanish Comfort Food2018-11-28T17:14:39-07:00

Foodies in Paradise

I started an email to a friend a few days ago, and when I saw the list of things we'd been lucky enough to do in Spain, in just 3 weeks, I realized how far behind I am in sharing stories and pictures.  So today, just to catch up, here's a quick recap with some [...]

Foodies in Paradise2018-10-14T07:16:16-06:00

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

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