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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 […]

Do I Smell Garlic on your Breath?:  Sopa de Ajo (Castilian Garlic Soup)

Do I Smell Garlic on your Breath?: Sopa de Ajo (Castilian Garlic Soup)

Roasted Garlic Who likes garlic? Well, I do a lot, and rarely cook without it in my normal non-blog kitchen. Therefore, I was most definitely intrigued by the idea of garlic soup or Sopa de Ajo.  It’s thought to stem from Castilla la Mancha or […]

Summer Squash, Winter Style:  Pisto Manchego

Summer Squash, Winter Style: Pisto Manchego

This weekend, Chicago’s weather hit what I’m pretty sure is a season low of 15 degrees.  Happy New Year.  With the weather outside looking so frightful, I was hesitant to make today’s selection, pisto manchego, a dish that can best be described as Spanish ratatouille.  […]

If I Ate a Rich Cake…: Sri Lankan Rich Cake

If I Ate a Rich Cake…: Sri Lankan Rich Cake

Happy 2013 cyberworld!  To kick off the new year and end the holiday arc of my culinary trek around the world, I’m heading back east to Sri Lanka.  When I asked my friend Rutabaga for a Sri Lankan holiday specialty, it took approximately 0.0025 seconds […]

Shake it up, Baby:  Western Omelet, Spanish Style

Shake it up, Baby: Western Omelet, Spanish Style

    I have one more holiday treat to share, but for now, it’s back to the plan, which means this week’s food comes from Central Spain. There was a time, not that long ago, where I ate an omelet for dinner roughly three days […]


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