Category Archive for 'Recipes'

Party Rules

We’ve avoided throwing large parties the last few years – too much work, too expensive. But on the principle that our time and energy are in ever shorter supply, we geared up last month and filled a couple of tables with food and two ice coolers with wine and beer. It went well, we thought, [...]

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That’s the name of my favorite TV travel series ever. It stars the unlikely pair of mega-chef Mario Batali and Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow along with NY Times food columnist Mark Bitten and the adorable Spanish actress Claudia Bassols. They drive around Spain for thirteen episodes, eating and talking. As each of them have careers to [...]

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Summer Swimmers

With every fragile hint of Spring – peeks of emerging crocuses, wisps of fragrant breezes – I summon images of tropical fruits and seafood. Braised meats and beef stews are so January. If you share my proclivity for seafood over beef, here are simple recipes to take advantage of some of the less expensive fish [...]

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Whether you prefer New York to Los Angeles or Paris to London or, to the point here, Barcelona to Madrid, may well depend upon which city you experienced first.  I first saw Barcelona in 1955 and didn’t get around to Madrid until six years later.  Fiercely exotic Barcelona had me wowed and wide-eyed, after which [...]

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My Pyjamas

This Was Then Most of what I know about food I learned in Spain.  After all, Spaniards eat just about anything that trots, swims, sprouts, crawls, flies, or germinates.  (Nearly anything, at least. They aren’t fond of corn or hot peppers.)  That isn’t a revelation.  Most of the world’s great cuisines began as peasant food, [...]

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As a child of the post-war New York sububurbs, I don’t remember when I first heard the simple but evocative advertising slogan “Castles In Spain”. In that time before five TV channels became five hundred, those three words summoned images of chest-thumping knights in armor, chest-heaving ladies-in-waiting, dramatic jousts with trumpets announcing deadly competitions, and [...]

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Discomfort Food

Ferran Adrià has a lot to answer for. The mega-star Catalan chef holds court at his restaurant El Bulli in the village of Roses off Spain’s Costa Brava and in his laboratory near Barcelona. Yes, his lab. Adrià closes the restaurant for six months a year to fiddle endlessly with foodstuffs so he can bring [...]

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We often reflect with pleasure on our breakfasts on the open-air roof terrace of our hotel in Istanbul, looking down upon the Blue Mosque on one side, the Haghia Sophia on the other, and Topkapi Palace and the Sea of Marmara just beyond.  (That’s the so-called New Mosque down there on the left.) The meals [...]

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New York System Weiners

Avid eaters love these. Nutritionists, needless to say, are appalled. This recipe is adapted from one by Guy Fieri, a FoodTV chef. 2 tablespoons margarine or butter 1 large yellow onion, minced and divided in two 1-2 tablespoons chili powder 1 tablespoon paprika, preferably smoked Spanish-style ¼  teaspoon ground all spice ½  teaspoon curry powder [...]

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The Last Resort

In December of 2005, Key West was shaking off the enormously destructive effects of Hurricane Wilma.  A water surge variously estimated at 13 to 21 feet had thundered across the island, which is only 16 feet above sea level at its highest point. After the storm, the streets were lined with ruined cars, furniture, appliances, [...]

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