Posted in October 2016

Happy (Sweet) Halloween!

Happy (Sweet) Halloween!

    Happy Halloween! It’s time once again for that annual holiday that makes dentist’s cringe and kids run around like excited, sugar-crazed animals. But while Halloween might fill children with joy at the thought of consuming piles of candy, parents and others might just spend Halloween night dreaming of the fantastic, often artisanally-made sweets that … Continue reading

Wines from the Mediterranean

Wines from the Mediterranean

Though we may be well into fall on the Spanish peninsula, there is always the chance to grasp a last little bit of summer with a visit to Spain’s Balearic Islands. Whether it’s Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza or Formentera, the balmy winds and gorgeous skies of these Mediterranean islands have just what you need for a little … Continue reading

The Purple Garlic Capital

The Purple Garlic Capital

You would be hard-pressed to consume an entire meal in Spain without finding at least one dish on the menu that has been prepared with that oh-so-indispensable Spanish ingredient: garlic. Yes, Spanish garlic is a fundamental building block of Spanish gastronomy, and it also plays a key role in this country’s agri-food industry, which exports … Continue reading

New York Eats Spain Up!

New York Eats Spain Up!

If you happen to find yourself in New York City this week  you should be sure to stop by for any of the fantastic events organized as part of the 2016 Eat Spain Up! program. Spanish gastronomy, as we all know by now, is enjoying a heyday, and Spanish chefs, ingredients, regions, and even design, all play … Continue reading

Chorizo recipes for the here and now

Chorizo recipes for the here and now

I’m the first person to start dreaming of soups and stews as soon as the weather gets slightly chilly. In fact, by this time of year, I’m already starting to stock up on a variety of ingredients that go great in just about any stew: Spanish beans, a chunk of smoky bacon, some leafy green kale, a couple … Continue reading

Video: Spanish Tapas Recipes, Pisto!

Video: Spanish Tapas Recipes, Pisto!

While the French dish ratatouille might be a more familiar word to some (due in large part to the endearing movie by the same name), Spanish pisto truly has nothing to envy of its cousin to the north. This classic fried vegetable medley (usually referred to as Pisto Manchego – reflecting its origins in Castile-La Mancha) is an unmistakably integral dish in … Continue reading

The Tortilla de la Hispanidad

The Tortilla de la Hispanidad

Tomorrow is perhaps the most Spanish holiday of them all, a day known as the Fiesta Nacional de España (or Día de la Hispanidad). This holiday is celebrated every year on October 12th, coinciding with the anniversary of Cristóbal Colón’s (Christopher Columbus’s) first arrival in the Americas. And while I don’t think Columbus actually dined on famed … Continue reading

White beans for the weekend

White beans for the weekend

In celebration of the United Nations International Year of Pulses (commonly known as beans or legumes), and the arrival of the first gray day of fall, I thought we would start the weekend off right with a simple and flavorful white bean stew. This Cantabria Stew layers creamy white beans with cabbage and potatoes and … Continue reading

Spanish Apple Season!

Spanish Apple Season!

The onset of fall can mean only one thing: it’s Spanish apple season! Sweet, crunchy and delicious, Spain produces over a half million tons of apples a year, with favorite, top-quality varieties including the geographically protected DOP Manzana Reineta de Bierzo apples from Castile-León and the IGP Manzanas de Girona from Catalonia.   And apples aren’t only delicious eaten … Continue reading

Avant-garde apples

Avant-garde apples

It’s apple season again in Spain and, as with every year at this time,  I just can’t get enough of crisp, sweet and delicious Spanish apples. But whether you like them fresh and crunchy, or cooked into any number of dishes, Spanish apples are as flavorful as they are versatile, holding their own in a variety … Continue reading