Pulpo a la Gallega (Octopus Cooked in the Galician Style) I love pulpo (octopus), be it grilled, boiled, baked, or braised in tomato sauce (I’m not aware of any other preparations [fried is not an option] at present). This particular preparation, known as Pulpo a la Gallega — which is seasoned with sea salt, olive … Continue Reading

Woke up around 6:30 a.m. this Wednesday morning, December 2, 2010, and was inspired to whip up a batch of pickled chipotles (courtesy of Rick Bayless). Isn’t this what everybody does when they wake up in the morning? This condiment is made with morita chile peppers, which are smoke-dried jalapenos, and has a nice balance of … Continue Reading

I’m more of a savory than a sweets kind of person (well, except for dark, dark chocolate). But, it is Thanksgiving, which is not complete without a pumpkin pie, in this case, a kabocha squash pie. This is a fairly traditional pumpkin pie, albeit with a few twists. I made a ginger snap crust, instead … Continue Reading

Always keeping my eyes open for new types of greens, I was excited to find sea asparagus (aka salicornia, glasswort, pickleweed, sea beans) at my local grocery store (i.e., Safeway) of all places. I’m pretty certain that I’m the only one who buys sea asparagus/beans.  People often stop me at the grocery store and ask … Continue Reading

  Love all types of soups and stews, especially on a brisk day in the Windy City. If you are searching for an easy and hearty stew, look no further. This is a Catalan staple, and rightfully so. Traditionally made with spinach, although I think you can play around with other types of greens (kale, … Continue Reading