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

Octopus Eve

I grew up in a Texas town of about 3,000 people. As you can imagine, my culinary base was built on biscuits, gravy, and steak. The most exotic thing I ate growing up was Patio Frozen Enchiladas.  No joke. Our town was so small that I didn't eat in a restaurant until I was around [...]

Octopus Eve2018-01-05T07:51:54-07:00

Swimming Naked in Spain – and Ham Sandwiches

If you think for one minute I'm going to show you pictures of naked people on the beach -- you'd be right. But don't call the porn police just yet -- we're talking European I-don't-give-a-damn-what-you-think, not American prudence.  ;-) I was invited with friends to "take a walk to the beach."  I didn't know what [...]

Swimming Naked in Spain – and Ham Sandwiches2017-11-14T07:27:35-07:00

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

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….2017-02-08T05:11:19-07:00