Author: <span class="vcard">Chrissy</span>

Holiday Food Around the World

Holiday Food Around the World

  Gingerbread houses in Brussels  Inspired by a few suggestions, I’m going to take the next two weeks and cook holiday dishes from around the world. Thanks to my multicultural troupe of friends, it wasn’t hard to come up with ideas. One of my favorite […]

Rock-a-bye Saint Baby James:  Tarta de Santiago, or “St. James’ Cake”

Rock-a-bye Saint Baby James: Tarta de Santiago, or “St. James’ Cake”

Spanish desserts, like Spanish mains, are simple, and today’s Tarta de Santiago, or “St. James’ cake” is one example.  With roots in medieval Spain, this classic dessert hails from the Galicia region in the pilgrimage town of Santiago.  It’s really light, thanks to an egg […]

Tortilla Espanola:  An Egg-cellent Idea!

Tortilla Espanola: An Egg-cellent Idea!

  Dining “tapas” style is the Spanish tradition of eating a bunch small plates of both hot and cold foods.  It’s a style that encourages sharing, which is my kind of style. This way, I can try a bunch of things without having to commit […]

Hot Plate! Comin’ Through!:  Pescado a la Plancha and Garlic Aioli

Hot Plate! Comin’ Through!: Pescado a la Plancha and Garlic Aioli

Like I mentioned before, being so close to the sea, the food of northern and northeastern Spain tends towards the light, fresh and fishy (in a good way).  One common method of cooking is “a la plancha,” which literally means “on a plate.”  A flat, […]

Soup’s On:  Caldo Gallego

Soup’s On: Caldo Gallego

I think it’s safe to say that we’re solidly in December and, thanks to climate change, it’s weirdly still in the 40s temperature-wise.  I shouldn’t be complaining since my morning commute has been rather pleasant, but I really want a white Christmas, and that doesn’t […]

Northern Spain

Northern Spain

Bienvendos a España!  After a few weeks off, I’m ready to get back in the kitchen with Spain, more specifically, Northern Spain.  I’ve only been lucky enough to visit the country once, and it was only two days in crazy Barcelona.  I’m pretty excited- I […]

Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafters

Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafters

Sorry for being AWOL.  Recent events sort of prompted me to take a few weeks off from cooking. Sad, sad, I know, since it’s something that I truly enjoy. I came back to Chicago from Thanksgiving at home with enough food to feed a small […]

Cassoulet, s’il vous plaît:  Thanksgiving leftover Cassoulet

Cassoulet, s’il vous plaît: Thanksgiving leftover Cassoulet

  It’s two days past Thanksgiving here in the States, and in my house, we’re still eating leftovers. Unfortunately, we’ve run out of the delicious sides and are left with a plethora of turkey. What to do….what to do? So today, in a last nod […]

Chocolat:  Reine de Saba Chocolate Almond Cake

Chocolat: Reine de Saba Chocolate Almond Cake

One last week in France, one last French dessert. Being Thanksgiving in the States, when looking for a dessert for southern France, I tried to focus on holiday recipes. One interesting practice that I came across was the Provencal tradition of 13 desserts at the […]

Put the Egg in the To-mato and Eat them Both Up:  Provence-style eggs

Put the Egg in the To-mato and Eat them Both Up: Provence-style eggs

  Tomato #1 sort of collapsed. Architecture fail.   I almost never eat eggs for breakfast. I mean, I love eggs. They are pretty much my go-to food on those days when I don’t know what I want to eat for dinner and when I […]


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