Spanish tortilla with ham

Spanish tortilla recipe

Spanish style baked tortilla Potato and ham tortilla tapas

Here’s an easy recipe to prepare a homemade baked Spanish tortilla with ham and jalapeños. I love making Spanish tortillas – they’re very satisfying and of course very versatile: a tortilla can be served for many different occasions and is easily customized. As you might have realized I really like adding my own twist to classic dishes. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the classic Spanish tortilla version made with just olive oil, potatoes, eggs, and onions; but I’ve had it enough times and wanted to make something a little bit different, so of course I added ham and spiced it up with some jalapeños. If you’re not a fan of spicy food you can use a milder pepper like Anaheim peppers or just good old green bell peppers. And if you live somewhere where it’s easy to find Spanish Padron peppers then you also use those instead of jalapeños. (more…)

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Posted on April 17, 2014

Easy strawberry cake

Easy strawberry cake recipe

This unbelievably easy strawberry cake recipe is one of the easiest cakes you will ever make. And it’s made with only four ingredients: strawberries, sugar, eggs, and flour. This cake is an adaptation of a French apple cake recipe that my husband’s aunt shared with us. By adaptation I really mean that we just replaced the apples with strawberries and slightly increased the baking time (since strawberries have more moisture than apples). The cake takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and about 30-35 minutes to bake – one of the easiest desserts you could make. It’s also not too sweet and you can really taste the fruit in every bite. You can serve it just as is or topped with plain crème fraiche/whipped cream. (more…)

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Posted on April 13, 2014

California strawberry farm and culinary event

California strawberry farm visit

As a California Strawberries Ambassador I was recently invited to attend their 365 Days of California Strawberries Farm & Culinary Event in Southern California with a group of bloggers. I love strawberries, farms, and learning about food – plus the opportunity to get a little bit of sunshine is always a bonus when you live in the Pacific Northwest. The event included a visit to Terry Strawberry Farm in Oxnard to learn all about California strawberries and farming. Read more…

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Posted on April 13, 2014

Chimichurri roasted chicken

Chimichurri chicken recipe

This chimichurri roasted chicken recipe is prepared by roasting a whole chicken or individual pieces with chimichurri butter or sauce made with fresh herbs, garlic, vinegar, lime juice, butter or oil. When I was growing up my mom was semi-vegetarian, this meant that at home we mainly ate vegetarian meals and occasionally chicken/seafood. However if ate at friends or at a restaurant, we could choose to eat whatever we like, which as result was usually beef or pork. We had chickens mainly for eggs, and would only eat one for special occasions. My mom always felt bad about ending a chicken’s life, so in order to minimize the chicken’s suffering she would pour a shot of punta or aguardiente (sugar cane alcohol) down the chicken’s throat. Even now the smell of roasting chicken reminds of those special times when we have it as a kid. (more…)

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Posted on March 27, 2014

Crab salad stuffed avocados

Crab salad stuffed avocados

Here’s an easy recipe for crab salad stuffed avocados. I’ve probably said this before, but I love avocados. And one of my favorite ways to eat avocados, besides just plain sprinkled with salt, is filling them with some of my other favorite foods – especially with seafood. In this case, I made a crab salad with Dungeness crab meat, red onion, bell peppers, cucumber, radishes, cilantro, lime juice and olive oil. The crab salad on its own is delicious, it’s even better served stuffed in an avocado. You can use any type of crab meat for the salad, though I wouldn’t recommend the fake or imitation crab meat.

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Posted on March 24, 2014