Garlic

Happy (belated) new year! I’m back after falling out of the blogging habit again. I have so many travel posts I want to catch up with from my Spain trip in August, but for now, I have a quick and very easy pasta dish to share. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of [read more →]

It might seem like I eat such a variety of foods because of what I show here, but much of the time I’m not blogging, I’m eating pasta and red sauce. Its one of the few meals I literally never get bored with, which is great because I can make a big batch of tomato [read more →]

Variations of spinach with pine nuts and raisins can be found on most Spanish tapas menus these days. While it’s always a good combination, it never particularly excited me until I tried the version at Kika Tapas last summer. The key to their version? Just barely wilting the spinach and adding a squeeze of fresh [read more →]

My Dad’s Garlic Chicken

Garlic chicken was one of my dad’s specialties. It was originally based off a recipe in an old favorite Spanish cookbook, but has evolved over the years and now lives in my (and my mom’s) head. I’ve been so busy lately experimenting with new recipes that this old favorite somehow fell out of my repertoire. [read more →]

Mushroom Bolognese with Gremolata

While I’m usually a huge fan of cooking in for Valentine’s Day, Matt and I went to one of our favorite restaurants, Posto, last Friday for a belated Valentine’s meal. We’ve been making an effort to eat out less lately, so going out these year seemed more special. When we do go to Posto, we [read more →]

Spicy Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Matt and I are starting to realize why we got such a good deal on our Davis Square apartment. Being on the third floor of an old townhouse means that it’s unbearably hot in the summer, yet our apartment has basically no insulation to keep the heat in during the winter. I’m pretty sure when [read more →]

Moorish Chickpea and Spinach Stew…Revisited

The Philadelphia Marathon is this Sunday, and the end of my training hasn’t exactly gone as planned. I wound up with a sprained ankle two weeks ago, just a few days after my 20 mile run. I thought something felt off, but I continued with my mid-week 8 miler anyways. Bad idea. I figured I [read more →]

I know it’s cliché, but one of my favorite things about fall is eating all things pumpkin. I’ve experimented with different versions of pumpkin pasta sauce over the years, and this version might just be my best yet. I used evaporated milk to get a little creaminess without having to use heavy cream. I also [read more →]

Quick and Easy Garlic Shrimp

Garlic shrimp are one of my favorite Spanish tapas, and have become sort of a go-to dish for me. I can hardly call this a “recipe”; it’s more of a cooking method that is incredibly easy and basically fool-proof. I grew up eating garlic shrimp as a tapa, and my mom and I to this [read more →]

The World’s Best Garlic Bread

I assure you that is not an exaggeration. Matt was the one who really came up with this recipe after reading how Wylie Dufresne makes garlic bread for family meal at his restaurant. We roast off several heads of garlic in foil and then put that through the food mill and blend it with some [read more →]

Ensalada Rusa

I usually dread office potlucks. However, my client in Miami had a thanksgiving potluck last week and I was actually intrigued. Most of the people at this office are from South or Central America, so they made things like rice and beans, plantains, and flan. It was – dare I say – tasty! My contribution [read more →]

Mushrooms in Sherry Sauce

The Mushrooms in Sherry Sauce from The Foods and Wines of Spain by Penelope Casas were a nice change from my usual sautéed mushrooms with garlic and parsley. This simple recipe is a prime example of why sherry and mushrooms are so perfect together. The recipe calls for white button mushrooms, but I instead decided [read more →]

Provençal White Bean Dip

I feel like I’ve kind of OD’d on hummus, so the Provençal White Bean Dip recipe on Serious Eats last week caught my eye. The addition of roasted garlic really takes this recipe to a whole new level. I also added a little bit of lemon juice to brighten the flavor a little bit. Aside [read more →]

Gazpacho with Smoked Paprika Croutons

I‘ve been making a lot of gazpacho this summer to make the most out of tomato season. In the past, I’ve made it the very traditional way with stale bread to thicken the soup, but we had a huge heirloom tomato from my neighbor’s garden last week that was so good that I just pureed [read more →]

My family and I usually feel like different flavors the night after Thanksgiving (too soon for straight-up leftovers!). We started off thinking that we’d make my grandmother’s turkey croquettes with our Thanksgiving leftovers, and this turned into a little tapas night. We made some clams, spicy limas with chorizo, and patatas allioli to go with [read more →]

Garlic Roasted Asparagus

Roasting is my favorite way to cook asparagus. I make a lot of variations of this by adding things like balsamic or parmesan cheese, but here is my simple recipe for garlic roasted asparagus. Asparagus Garlic, roughly chopped (I used 4 cloves for about 1 and a half bunches of asparagus, but I change the [read more →]

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