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Recipe: Spanish Chorizo with Smoked Paprika Potatoes

In continuing to document the most fun Christmas Eve meal I just had, I have to tell you about this dish!

Chorizo & Potato with smoked paprika

Chorizo & Potato with smoked paprika

Recap: no kids this year, no enduring family traditions, opening the door to the imaginative Spanish-style menu we developed.

I had been keeping an eye out for appropriate ingredients during the week before, and I spotted fresh chorizo at The Berry Farm while making a delivery. I’ll be darned if I can’t remember the brand, but I do recall that there were no gross ingredients, no nitrates or mentions of organ meats, and it was local. (I also picked up a package of huge, moist Medjool dates which got transformed into this recipe.) Read the rest of this entry

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Recipe: Smokey Spiced Spanish Almonds

I admit, I’m not all that familiar with Spanish food.

spiced almonds

Although I’ve lived in several countries in Europe, and traveled a lot, I just haven’t had much exposure to it. For some reason, Spanish restaurants aren’t that popular around me, which is surprising considering how many other international cuisines there are  (I checked!  Asian, Cajun, Creole, Chinese, Eastern European, French, Greek,  Indian,  Italian,  Japanese, Mexican,  Thai, Vietnamese are all within 15 minutes of me).

So…  when my family decided to go with a Spanish theme for our Christmas Eve dinner this year, I gulped. Read the rest of this entry

Recipe: Salmon Bites

If you have the time,  I encourage everyone to take on the challenge of Julia Child’s infamous duck stuffed with meat, in pastry. But for most people, that is out of the question;  you have 15 minutes to get a meal on the table, and if it’s exotic / fabulous / memorable, that’s a bonus.

That’s why I like to come up with a recipe like Salmon Bites.  Super easy, quick as can be, but packing quite a ta-da factor.

The idea is simple:   sautee tiny squares of salmon that have been heavily coated in spice blend. or a straight spice.  You get an intense burst of flavor with each bite, but the salmon can take it and doesn’t get lost. Read the rest of this entry

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