Paprika

Smoky Chickpeas with Spinach and a Fried Egg

I’m trying to finally get in a routine now that we’re settled in our new apartment and both starting classes. For me, that means stocking up the fridge and making a meal plan. Our meal plans are honestly never really set in stone, but we try to plan for at least a few things we [read more →]

Smoky Whipped Rutabaga

Have you ever cooked with rutabaga? Getting kind of bored of winter vegetables, I randomly picked up this strange looking root at the store recently. It’s starchy like a potato, but with an earthy and lightly sweet flavor. My favorite way to use it so far is transforming it into smoky whipped rutabaga. Check out [read more →]

I didn’t grow up in the south, but I did grow up eating my dad’s hoppin’ john every new years day. It’s supposed to bring you good luck for the year – and while I’m not necessarily superstitious, I’m not one to break with tradition, either. My dad’s version always involved some kind of smoky [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 →]

Today I’m guest posting over on Amy’s blog Wicked Good Travel while she’s getting settled in her new home in Scotland. I made a grilled corn and arugula carbonara, which is a great way to squeeze in some fresh corn before the season is over! Have a great weekend!

Tomato Fideua

Fideua is a paella-like dish made with thin noodles called fideos. It used to be one of my dad’s specialities (and I think I always secretly like it more than paella). I’ve developed my own version over the years, which I’m not even sure I should call “fideua” anymore, as mine are usually vegetarian and [read more →]

I’m going to be honest. I’ve been in a serious blog rut lately. Something about all of the traveling I’ve been doing has left me uninspired in my own kitchen, and all of the writing about dining out has just served as a reminder of how little I have been cooking lately. When I have [read more →]

Making a paella has turned into an Easter tradition in my family. I don’t know when or how it came about. All I know is I look forward to it every year. Our Easter Sunday this year included Katie and Matt (who had just taken an overnight bus back from New York…he’s a trouper). We [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 →]

To ease the burden of traveling for work every week, I finally started booking hotel rooms with kitchens. My new three month assignment is Miami – which is lovely and all, and not short of dining options – but I still miss being able to cook and eat my own food.         [read more →]

Moorish Chickpea and Spinach Stew

I’m going to Spain for the holidays this year! My mom and I will be spending Christmas with friends in Madrid and Matt is going to meet us there after Christmas for another couple of weeks. We went over to my mom’s to book flights on Saturday night and made Jose Andres’s Moorish Chickpea Stew [read more →]

My mom picked up some amazingly fresh cod and Portuguese corn bread from the fish store on Friday night. After wrestling with what to make, I pan roasted the cod and concocted a seafood bisque inspired cream sauce to go with it. I started the sauce with pancetta, shallots, and garlic, and then used a [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 →]

Smokey Spanish Potato and Egg Sandwich

I’ve decided to try out my luck again in another recipe contest – Mezzetta’s Make That Sandwich. I don’t want to get my hopes up because the huge cash prize has probably drawn tons of people, but I thought I’d share my recipe anyways. I think it’s pretty darn good! Smokey Spanish Potato and Egg [read more →]

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