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!2019-01-06T13:02:17-06:00

Paella Valenciana – Family Rice Fit for Royalty

Come and spend a Spanish Sunday with us!  Paella, (pie-ay-ya) is not just a meal -- it's an experience. This delicious rice dish comes in more forms than you can imagine – but we’re going to focus on the original, authentic version – Paella Valenciana. Valencia, on the eastern coast of Spain, is home to [...]

Paella Valenciana – Family Rice Fit for Royalty2018-03-09T15:01:01-06:00

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 Less2018-03-10T08:19:11-06:00

Paella Valenciana – Family Rice Fit for Royalty

Paella, (pie-ay-ya) is not just a meal — it’s an experience. This delicious rice dish comes in more forms than you can imagine – but we’re going to focus on the original, authentic version – Paella Valenciana. Valencia, on the eastern coast of Spain, is home to vast rice fields, and is the birthplace of [...]

Paella Valenciana – Family Rice Fit for Royalty2018-02-02T12:12:39-06:00

Paella Valenciana – Family Rice Fit for Royalty

Paella, (pie-ay-ya) is not just a meal — it’s an experience. This delicious rice dish comes in more forms than you can imagine – but we’re going to focus on the original, authentic version – Paella Valenciana. Valencia, on the eastern coast of Spain, is home to vast rice fields, and is the birthplace of [...]

Paella Valenciana – Family Rice Fit for Royalty2017-12-26T11:13:51-06:00

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 Eve2018-01-05T07:51:54-06:00

Cheesemaking 101 with Tapas and Spanish Wine

Join me and my friend Kate Johnson of The Art of Cheese, artisan cheesemaking school in Longmont for a fun and festive evening. Learn how simple it is to make your own cheese, and how to make simple tapas (small Spanish bites) and how to pair them with great Spanish cheeses.  Careful, though, you may [...]

Cheesemaking 101 with Tapas and Spanish Wine2017-12-04T14:27:20-06:00

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

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 Sandwiches2017-11-14T07:27:35-06:00

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