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 Food2018-11-28T17:14:39-06:00

Holiday Tapas Party

Tapas – the small bites of Spain.  One of the best party foods ever. With infinite possibilities, and a few basic skills, you can pull together a great, simple get-together in just a few minutes. Learn a couple of our most popular traditional cooked tapas, and we'll show you some super-fast and simple options.  Be [...]

Holiday Tapas Party2017-11-09T11:14:54-06:00

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

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

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

The Rain in Spain….

I tend to be a fair-weather.... everything. I like my soccer teams to be winners, I like my food and wine to be great, and I want the sun to shine. Is that so much to ask?  Don't answer that. This spring in Dénia has been super cloudy and cool. And since I'm from a [...]

The Rain in Spain….2017-02-08T05:11:19-06:00