The Liebster Award

There’s nothing better than being recognized by a fellow blogger for having an entertaining/educational/cool/etc blog. Thank you A Girl With An Adventurous Fork for the Liebster Award! What is the Liebster Award? The Liebster Award is a new-comer award given by bloggers to other bloggers, it creates a great platform for new blogs to be discovered…

Sick Day Food: Atole de Pinole

Being at home sick means freedom from two things. The wearing of real clothes, and the chewing of food. I simply cannot chew food with a head full of sickness. So I turn to atole de pinole. Pinole consists of lightly toasted dry corn kernels, and ground to a fine powder. Most of the time, this…

Empanadas de Cerveza – Beer Dough Empanadas

Grabbing a round aluminum tray, a pair of tongs and carefully selecting from the sugar topped, soft and flaky pastries on display is one of the great joys of visiting a Mexican pastry shop. Picking an empanada, thinking it is filled with pineapple, only to later realize it is pumpkin or apple, is one of…

The Year That Was

Before staring off a new year of posts, let’s take a look back at this year, a year of big moves, from Arizona to upstate New York, from Tumblr to WordPress. (Feel free to poke around the archives of this blog’s previous home.) Most popular posts from this year: The strawberry picking good time of…

Polvorones de Almendra – Spanish Almond Shortbread Cookies

Along with mantecados de limón, polvorones de almendra are one of the more popular cookies consumed in massive quantities during Christmas in Spain. These almond shortbread cookies are similar to a pecan sandie, though dryer and more crumbly in texture. Just as with the mantecados de limón, the flour for the polvorones is lightly toasted,…

Orange Infused Tequila

I’m not trying to say that the holidays require a lot of booze, with posting two recipes for infused liquors in a week, but really, it doesn’t hurt. As with the licor de membrillo, this infusion is sweetened at the beginning of the process, rather than afterwards. It’s much like salting throughout the cooking process,…

Mantecados de limón -Spanish Lemon Shortbread

I lived in Spain for three years as a kid, a period where tortillas were made with potatoes, not wheat, and the highlight of the year was the giant Christmas box of mantecados and polovorones, shortbread cookies typical of Andalucía, Spain’s southern province. These boxes were the kind of treats that make you forget all other types…

Pork and Quince Sausage

There was a time when sausage making at home would have been commonplace, along with the raising and butchering of livestock, home made wine, beer, and dying from a tetanus infection from a cut sustained while being self-sufficient. So much for romanticising the culinary past. Sausage-making in itself is not difficult, but does require the willingness…

How To: Stovetop Lard Popcorn

I’m not on the chef Sean Brock ‘Southern Food is my everything‘ bandwagon, but I do appreciate what the man has to say about lard on a recent episode of The Splendid Table. One thing that’s a lot of fun to do is to flavor that lard during that process with maybe some hard herbs…

Ate de Membrillo – Quince Marmalade

Quince may be the ugly duckling of tree fruit in the United States. Wait, no. That is too gentle. Quince is the freckled, red-headed step child of tree fruit in the United States. There’s nothing else you can call a fruit that receives a response of ‘what is that?’ when asking for it an orchard…