I love Spanish cuisine. Recently I had the opportunity to learn how to make one of its stars, a “tortilla,” from my Spanish born-and-raised girlfriend Visi. When I arrived at her home I found out I wasn’t the only one dying for a Spanish cooking lesson. Six other enthusiastic cooks were chatting with excitement about making Visi’s “Tortilla de Patata” (Potato Tortilla) a dish it turned out we all loved. Today’s recipe is an appetizer-sized twist on this traditional recipe that Visi brought to my Spanish themed party I recently hosted. Continue Reading →
Life of a Spanish Party…
“Salad cannot be the life of a party,” a friend said to me recently. As an inveterate salad lover, this gave me pause for thought. “Well, why can’t salad be the life of a party,” I said to myself, then to my friend. And I took it upon myself to prove that, indeed, salad CAN be the life of the party!
Salad traditionally has some tough competition for center stage: savory appetizers, mouthwatering meats and luscious desserts all vying for attention. For a salad to be a contender for stardom it would have to rock the stage. What could be better, I got to thinking, than a little pyromania? Aha! I knew I was on to something. Let me explain.
I have experience lighting things on fire… even if it was my childhood friend (sorry Pam). I didn’t understand that gasoline in a can plus playing with matches while burning trash equals somebody’s getting burned, and the other somebody getting grounded. Fortunately, Pam didn’t get hurt, because she knew to roll in the dirt and NOT because I tried to put the fire out on her leg by beating her with a plastic trash can. Oh the lessons we learn! Fast forward several decades… Continue Reading →
Southern California grows an amazing selection of summer fruits. I love them all, but the nectarine is currently my favorite. They are a no-fuss succulent fruit that can quickly star in your summertime sweet or savory creations. Continue Reading →
With the long days and rising temperatures one thing is for certain; I want to bask in the sun and not bake in the kitchen. When I sit down to the table, I want to cool off. What’s my trick? Sorbet!
For now, pineapple is my fruit of choice. Just the perfume of a perfect pineapple transports me to a tropical vacation in paradise; its vibrant, tropical flavor and juiciness makes a delightful sorbet. Continue Reading →
If you haven’t tried a posset, I encourage you to try this easy dessert that has an incredible WOW factor built in. I usually put all of my energy into appetizers and the main course when I entertain, which means I usually find myself “spent” by the time it comes to dessert. So when I find a recipe that I can make in advance with minimal effort that commands rave reviews from my guests, I call that recipe a keeper. And that is exactly what this recipe is for me. I hope you enjoy it as much as my company does. Continue Reading →