Category Archive: Spanish Food

Jan
21

New Spanish food site targets U.S. consumers

La Tienda, the online Spanish food store that I’ve often fawned over, is getting some competition from a new website called Food Spain 101. It’s so named because it “present[s] the rich and varied foods of Spain in a simple and straightforward way, much like an entry level class on the Spanish cuisine,” according to …

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Dec
21

My Spanish Taste of Christmas

What you lose in teeth, you gain in taste

Two of my fondest Christmas memories growing up as a (half) Spanish American were 1) that Christmas came again on Jan. 6 (more presents!) and 2) the taste of turrón. Typically made from egg white, honey, sugar and almonds, turrón is an authentic taste of Spain for the holidays. Almonds comprise upwards of  almost two …

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Dec
10

La Tienda’s 12 Days of Christmas

Dear Santa, I'll take one of these $1100 gift boxes with Iberico ham. Hey, on Dec. 20 you can get it for me 20%!

La Tienda, also known in certain circles as the best on-line store ever (despite being a tad pricey), is counting down to Christmas day with a series of rather aggressive sales offers. It’s a 12-day sales event (never mind that the 12 days of Christmas actually start on Christmas day, just roll with it), with …

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Nov
19

Beet red, earthy puree for a Thanksgiving buffet

Where this lacks in fancy presentation, it more than makes up for in redness

I’m all for limiting Thanksgiving dinner to traditional American fare. That is, for the most part: Spainiacs should feel free to inject a little bit of Spanish flavor. If you’re looking to do so, I strongly urge you to consider an earthy, crimson colored beet and walnut puree. I had no idea this was a …

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Nov
01

Buñuelos: A Spanish treat for All Saint’s Day

This is the undercooked batch

As my children were getting ready to go trick-or-treating last night I was laboring away in the kitchen to make them something sweet to have when they returned… with their bagfuls of candy… sugar on top of sugar. So smart. Despite the difficulties getting them to sleep, I was rather proud of my efforts. And …

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Oct
29

Spanish Fries: It’s all about the olive oil

Albóndigas en salsa de almendras con patatas fritas

Patatas fritas (i.e. Spanish fries) and french fries are not just nominally distinct. There’s a more important difference and that’s the oil used for frying. Whereas french fries are typically fried in vegetable oil, Spaniards, naturally, use olive oil. It changes the taste. “The taste of a french fry is largely determined by the cooking …

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Oct
22

Medieval Meatballs: Albóndigas en Salsa de Almendras

Believe me, they taste a lot better than this picture makes them look

Albóndigas en salsa de almendras, or meatballs in almond sauce, are a page out of Spanish history… only with flavor, and lots of it. The recipe is actually quite manageable.  As usual, I made some mistakes, but for the most part they turned out well. My kids ate the meatballs, although they wanted them with …

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Oct
15

Starbucks’ Mallorca Sweet Bread: Don’t be fooled

Traditional ensaïmada with cabell d'àngel (photo by kochtopf)

I rarely go to Starbucks but a few months ago I needed coffee as I was out and about. Luckily every other store front in Manhattan is a Starbucks. As I was waiting to pay for whatever caffeinated concoction I chose I spied something curious under the glass counter amid a disturbing host of Starbucks …

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Oct
08

Pisto Manchego: A Hearty (and Healthy) Taste of La Mancha

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Well, I finally didn’t entirely screw up a recipe. You can take that to mean this one is easy. And good: a hot and hearty vegetable stew. I’m so proud of my efforts I’m even including a picture of the fruit of my labors (instead of my usual photos of what the dish is supposed …

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Oct
01

Crema Catalana: So good…even with the lumps

Crema catalana by Sarah and Iain

I’m adding this week to my growing list of kitchen mishaps. But I’ll say this for my crema catalana: It had the right taste. The lumps were a problem though. My children tried everything they could to avoid them and, when they realized they couldn’t, they tried to crush them out of existence. They eventually …

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