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,…

Reading Material 12.18.15

This week’s readings: that time Paris ate the zoo, slave labor shrimp, a scandal in the chocolate world.

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,…

Culinary Christmas Gift Guide: Books

It’s that gift guide time of year. Some of the best I’ve seen this year: A surprisingly practical list from NY Times. A guide that begs the question, do you really need a wine suitcase? from the LA Times. A gift guide of the ‘I want everything on it’ variety from Eater. And adding one…

Reading Material 12.11.15

In misleading headlines this week: Drinking Tequila Could Help You Lose Weight, According To Scientists, Buzzhearts.  I love tequila, not in an ‘I’m Mexican so obviously tequila is my life’ sort of way, because frankly, no one else in my family likes tequila. I simply love tequila. And if drinking tequila alone made one skinny, that…

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…

Reading Material 12.04.15

Food related writing and news from the last two weeks. Chinese Food and the Joy of Inauthentic Cooking, The New Yorker. Examining the ‘existential crisis’ and ‘flavor memory’ shown by well known Asian chefs. Pits Show Peaches Were in China Before Humans, Futurity. There’s little evidence of the domestication of peaches. Two and a half million year…

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…

BravoTV Blog Love: Snacks to Binge on While You Binge-Watch TV

Bravo thinks Stovetop Lard Popcorn goes perfectly with Aziz Ansari’s Master of None. I couldn’t agree more. Maybe you don’t keep lard in your kitchen? Time to stock up: It’s the perfect fat to use to cook insanely addictive popcorn on your stovetop, as Cucumbers and Limes discovers in this recipe—which also has you drizzle your popcorn with…