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Central Spain

Central Spain

Central Spain, unlike the foods that come from the north and south, has a much heartier and woodsy cuisine, not surprising since it lacks the resources that come from the seas and the lightness that those resources lend to the dishes there.  However, this doesn’t […]

Yankee Doodle Went to Town, Riding on a Pony.  If it was New Years’ in Japan, he’d be eat-ing Ozoni.

Yankee Doodle Went to Town, Riding on a Pony. If it was New Years’ in Japan, he’d be eat-ing Ozoni.

Apologies for the lame Yankee Doodle title.  I’m nothing if not cheesy.  Anyway, back to the topic at hand.  While I can honestly say my mom filled our kitchen table with a very international spread of food, Japanese, unless it was of the Benihana variety, […]

Tam bo li de say de moi ya.  Yeah, Gumbo! Gumbo!:  A Very Buddha Christmas Eve

Tam bo li de say de moi ya. Yeah, Gumbo! Gumbo!: A Very Buddha Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas Eve!  I hope you’ve been enjoying my holiday tour around the world. I love hearing all of my friends’ stories, and I know for a lot of them, it was hard to narrow it down to only one yummy dish to share. Lucky […]

Happy Chinese New Year!: Nian Gao (sticky rice cakes…and adventures at the Asian Grocery)

Happy Chinese New Year!: Nian Gao (sticky rice cakes…and adventures at the Asian Grocery)

I’ve been lamenting for weeks the lack of snow this holiday season. I work on the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago and nothing is more magical or picturesque this time of the year. When the snow dusts the bustling street that twinkles with hundreds of […]

Bring the Braciole: Christmas in Italy

Bring the Braciole: Christmas in Italy

Despite looking somewhat Italian to those who try to crack the code of my ethnically ambiguous appearance, I’m not at all. However, I did grow up eating some pretty awesome Italian food since my Hungarian-side cousins are also half-Italian. Though well fed in that regard, […]

The Makowiec Poppyseed Roll: An Eastern European Tradition

The Makowiec Poppyseed Roll: An Eastern European Tradition

I met Lettuce on our third day of law school and we immediately bonded over being science majors, not being from Louisiana and our Eastern European backgrounds, she being Polish, and me being Hungarian. Over the years, we’ve both realized how much these two cultures […]

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, […]


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