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

Surf and Turf:  Lombo de Porco com Ameijoas or, Pork with Clams

Surf and Turf: Lombo de Porco com Ameijoas or, Pork with Clams

In doing my Portuguese recipe search, I learned that pork is a heavy favorite. From sausages to stews, the Portuguese embrace the other white meat and serve it in all variations and all cuts.  Corn farming in the 17th and 18th centuries meant pigs were […]

It’s Not Easy Being Green: Caldo Verde

It’s Not Easy Being Green: Caldo Verde

It’s a blustery day here in the Hundred Acre Wood, and nothing sounds better than a nice hearty bowl of soup.  With flu season wreaking havoc on most of the U.S., it’s just what the doctor ordered.  This, however, is not mom’s chicken soup. Rather, […]

Whoa:  Broa (Portuguese Corn Bread)

Whoa: Broa (Portuguese Corn Bread)

A typical Portuguese breakfast is a simple affair with usually just coffee, a bread or roll, smeared with jam, maybe accompanied by some cheese or ham.  After the somewhat heartier breakfasts of late, I was perfectly happy just having some bread. After all, you know how much […]

Portugal

Portugal

I’m not going to lie, I was very sad to move on to Portugal. Not because Portuguese food is bad, but merely because, in my opinion, Spanish food is that fantastic. I could have happily cooked my way through a few cookbooks before getting bored […]

Adios, Spain. It’s been real, but first…Paella Valenciana

Adios, Spain. It’s been real, but first…Paella Valenciana

Alas, after three very appetizing weeks, I’m moving on, but not without making paella.  Of course paella! How could I leave Spain without making what some would consider the national dish?! Plus, my last region to hit, Valencia, is thought by many (especially Valencians) to […]

Warm me up, Buttercup: Chocolate Caliente

Warm me up, Buttercup: Chocolate Caliente

I kind of felt bad about flaking out of making a Spanish dessert this week, especially when I learned that it was Christopher Columbus that introduced chocolate to Europe, through Spain, from the new world! Since this was a last minute guilt trip on my […]

Olive Love:  Andalusian-style chicken

Olive Love: Andalusian-style chicken

Today’s dish comes from Andalusia…sort of.  The Andalusian region stretches along the entire southern coast of Spain.  The sheer span of the area means a wide variety of climates, which means a lots of different raw ingredients from which to fashion some pretty fabulous cuisine. […]

The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating:  Arroz con Leche, or Rice Pudding

The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating: Arroz con Leche, or Rice Pudding

I was out of town this past weekend cheering on my beloved Fighting Irish in the National Championship. Unfortunately we came up short, but it was so worth it to be there and experience the magic in Miami.  As such, I didn’t make dessert last week, so […]

Identity Crisis:  Spanish-style French Toast: Torrijas

Identity Crisis: Spanish-style French Toast: Torrijas

Everyone has their carbohydrate vice. Mine is bread. Pass on the pasta, pass on the rice, but hand me a freshly baked loaf of anything, and not only might you lose your hand if you try and deny me that pillow-y cloud of goodness from […]

Southern Spain

Southern Spain

I conclude my final week is Spain by exploring the food of the Southernmost regions, namely Valencia, Andalucia and Murcia.  Not only are we back seaside and reap all the benefits that come along with that, but the area also starts to gain some Moorish […]


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