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A Little Cheesey

March 11, 2016

in Experiences,Food

“We should learn to make cheese,”  he said. “Huh?”  I responded. “Cheese.  We should learn how to make it at home,” he replied. Poor guy had no idea what he’d just gotten himself into. At first we tried our hand at a couple of simple cheeses made with rennet (the coagulant that’s used in almost […]

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The Rain in Spain….

April 15, 2015

in Food,Recipes

I tend to be a fair-weather…. everything. I like my soccer teams to be winners, I like my food and wine to be great, and I want the sun to shine. Is that so much to ask?  Don’t answer that. This spring in Dénia has been super cloudy and cool. And since I’m from a […]

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As Emeril used to say, I wish I had smell-a-blog.  (Well, OK, he said smell-a-vision).  My kitchen in Spain has a heady fragrance of wood fire and smoke.   That’s because we’re the lucky recipients of 3 kilos  of the magical spice that gives so many Spanish  recipes a distinctive flavor — Pimentón — Smoked […]

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So… we landed on Saturday night, after a day of many MANY flight delays (on an airline who shall remain nameless — but is on the “never-again-if-I-can-help-it” list).  We drove to Dénia, stepped out of the car, and walked smack into a friend who was sitting at the outdoor bar beneath our apartment.  He had […]

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Spain is like a big ol’ onion that has layers and layers of fun stuff to uncover.  We found out last weekend that one of those layers is very literal — an onion festival.  Nope, not kidding.  In the northeast of Spain,  in and around Tarragona (near Barcelona), during February and March they have a […]

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You know how some women get all excited for Black Friday shopping?  My version of that is preparing for our annual Tipsy Toro Fiesta. A few years ago we decided to introduce our friends to the food and wine of Spain.  So we bent the rules, and set the party time at 2pm, so they […]

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If I were a wine snob I’d try to impress you that “I know people.”  But since I’m not — and I think wine is something you should enjoy because you like it, and because it goes great with food, instead I’ll tell you the truth: (with your best teenage voice)  Ohmahgawd!  Guess what I […]

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You know the jokes about men not reading directions and putting a bookcase together — only it comes out looking like a Rubik’s cube?  Well, I guess it’s time to break the myth that it’s only men. Guilty. The Thermomix arrived on Tuesday (instead of the anticipated Wednesday) and I was so excited I yanked […]

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So, I’m on a little vacation across the way in Italy, and we go out to dinner the first night there.  I’m thinking this is the hotel receptionists’ cousin or brother or something and that the food will be mediocre at best.  Not. The place is a family place, but there are lots of locals, […]

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Last weekend 6 women drove 10 hours from Kansas to Colorado for a private Tipsy Toro cooking and wine class.  I was excited and a bit nervous — you never know what’s going to happen when you invite 6 strangers to be with you for 2 full days.  But I didn’t have to worry one […]

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