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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 […]

Southern France

Southern France

There’s something very romantic and glamorous about the south of France. For me, the mention of Cannes and Nice conjures images of movie stars yachting on the glistening waters of the Mediterranean, basking in the sun in perfect weather.  Having such a vastly different climate […]

Le poisson, le poisson, how I LOVE le poisson!:  Bouillabaisse

Le poisson, le poisson, how I LOVE le poisson!: Bouillabaisse

About four years ago, Tomato and her parents spent about a month floating around Europe before she met up with me and Lettuce at Oktoberfest, Take One.  Recounting her adventures, she mentioned more than twice how wonderful the Bouillabaisse in Marsailles was and even sent […]

Where’s the Beef?  Beef Bourguignon

Where’s the Beef? Beef Bourguignon

Every summer, my family and I would spend two months at my grandparent’s house in Canada.  During that time, grandpa would take me and my brother to the pool, play baseball with us in the park, fish with us in the lake and spot us […]


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