Cocido, the Quintessential Spanish Stew from Andalusia

Spiced sausage, cumin, saffron, black pepper, and garlic flavor this stew that some call the national dish of Spain. These spices had their culinary roots in Islamic Spain, but the trade in spices itself was coming through Lisbon to the great spice markets of Seville and Barcelona. This chickpea stew is found throughout Spain in […]

Amazing Rice Dishes from Spain

The southern region of Spain is Andalusia famous for its invention of tapas, of gazpacho, and a myriad of amazingly delicious rice dishes not well known in the United States. Unlike the paella of Valencia, Andalusian rice dishes are usually baked in an oven or if cooked stove-top are usually cooked in an earthenware casserole, […]

Put Away the Recipe and Try Spain’s Grand (and Historic) Cuisine

As cooks, we are naturally drawn to recipes. Recipes are instructions to be followed to create a dish. However, to be a better cook, to gain insight into a culinary culture, which is, after all, whence all cooking springs, I believe it is helpful to put aside our recipes occasionally. Recipes are like fireflies that […]

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