Empanada de Atún – A Spanish Turnover

Empanada de Atún – A Spanish Turnover

It’s already been 4 years since I’ve traveled to Spain. I think of my Tita’s there often. I long to visit them, to gently hold their silky hands aged with wisdom … memories. As my great aunts age, I feel the need to be able to gaze into their...
Lenteja Chorizo Pizza – Monday’s with Mami

Lenteja Chorizo Pizza – Monday’s with Mami

This recipe was inspired by Arabic Bites Safija (lentils pizza’s). Spanish food is highly influenced by the Arab world including Jews and Moors. The Moors invaded Spain in AD 711 and stayed for nearly 800 years leaving behind their culinary influence especially...
Aliño

Aliño

I’m thrilled! After 31 years, I’m finally getting my Spanish Citizenship! I’ll have dual citizenships from the United States and Spain. My mother just returned from the Spanish embassy in Chicago with all the paperwork necessary. To commemorate, my...
Spanish Flan with Strawberry Anise Caramel

Spanish Flan with Strawberry Anise Caramel

Flan, the dessert of Spain. Actually, flan can be traced back to the Roman Empire when chickens first became domesticated and kept for laying eggs. With the large amounts of eggs, Romans turned to the Greeks who helped them develop flan. It wasn’t until the fall...
Homemade Puff Pastry Dough

Homemade Puff Pastry Dough

Puff pastry is extremely popular in Spanish cooking. It’s used for desserts and with meat or fish fillings for main courses or tapas. The recipe below is from one of my Spanish cookbooks by Penelope Casas, The Foods and Wines of Spain. It’s an easy and...
Monday’s with Mami – Puchero y Caldo

Monday’s with Mami – Puchero y Caldo

With fresh chickens in the deep freeze, I wanted to make a batch of chicken stock. In Spain, my family makes an amazing meal in a pot called Puchero. Soup bones of beef with marrow, ham, and chicken are added to enrich the soup and create a stock. After the meal is...

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