Spanish & Tapas

Classic Spanish Spice Blend

Here’s the big secret to a lot of my latest recipes! When I first boxed up my prided kitchen in Virginia and packed my bags for Spain, one of the hardest goodbyes was to my spice collection. I knew I wouldn’t get my suitcase successfully through airport customs with a box of fifty open spices …

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Blue Bacon Crostini

I’ve been on a serrano jamone overload lately in Spain – it’s such a tasty product here and is more affordable than back in the U.S. But I’ve decided it’s time to get back to my roots with some super classic pork belly. These crostinis were originally an idea I had for an appetizer when …

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Spanish & Tapas Vegetarian

Iberian-Inspired Empanadas

I have a new obsession… empanadas! Or as they say here in Spain, “empanadillas.” I love these versatile pockets of magic. I had tried the classic flavors at local panderias filled with pisto and carne, but hadn’t come across many cheese-based fillings for some reason. So needless to say, I was ready to take it …

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Spanish & Tapas

Simple Tapas Spreads

Some tapas can be complex, served one at a time and requiring abuela’s super secret recipe. Sometimes you’ll find them served together like a antipasti plate. When I’m serving others, I prefer to have the table full from the get go so that I’m not chained to the kitchen. I personally also enjoy savoring variety …

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Tinto de Verano

When most people think of fruity Spanish drinks, sangria comes to mind. However, if you want to live like a local, you should be sipping tinto de verano, often called ‘tinto’. Everyone has a different recipe, but it generally meets several criteria. First, it’s made with cheap red wine, that’s the deal. This is a …

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Gluten Free Spanish & Tapas Whole30

Castilian Garlic Soup

This recipe, originally from Cooking Light (see notes for original recipe), has been a hit with everyone I’ve made it for – my family, who loves anything hearty, salty and reminiscent of Spain, my dear friends on Whole30 as well as my hungover roommates. It just hits the spot – especially during those chilly winter …

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