Category Archives: food

The Foods of Extremadura, Spain

This was my first time climbing up the orchard’s terraced slopes to pick the ripest of Spain’s famous cherry crop. I can reach all the dwarf trees’ branches – especially those hanging low with the weight of luscious red fruit. … Continue reading

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Still Star-Crossed in Trujillo, Spain

Filming medieval period-pieces is easier when Spain’s cities are so well preserved. ABC’s Still Star-crossed was filmed in Trujillo, Extremadura, Spain. Continue reading

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Vinegar Braised Chicken

I just couldn’t leave well-enough alone – I had to substitute 6 of the 14 ingredients and it still came out great! Continue reading

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Torta del Casar – Cheese of the Gods

Torta del Casar is a sheep’s milk cheese from the shepherds, using vegetable (thistle) rennet and traditional cheese-making processes to create a most flavorful ivory-colored runny cheese. Continue reading

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Slow cooker Smoked Turkey & White Bean Stew

From a savory Basque dish through a commercial soup reviewed in YELP as the best soup ever, comes this rich satiny smoked turkey stew. Continue reading

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Arzak – Back of the House

I spent an unprecedented amount of time touring Arzak, the 3 Michelin Star Basque Restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain, Veuve Clicquot calls one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, and interviewing Elena Arzak, which they call the 2012 World’s Best Female Chef, before I wrote an 1800 word article about it. This is the part that was edited out. Continue reading

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I write Cruise Port Excursions

I’m hired to make the descriptions of those tours desirable – punch them up, so to speak – and make needed corrections. Continue reading

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Heather Ridge Farm Harvest Fair Oct 22

Come celebrate the season’s bounty with local farmers, artisans, musicians, craftspeople, and more, from 11am-3pm Oct 22 Continue reading

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Fields of Interest

The variety of subjects I pick to write about reflects my wide interests. Here are links to just the past month’s articles . . . Continue reading

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The wine of summer – Txakoli

When it comes to wine, Spain offers the best value, at least according to sommelier Kelly Coughlin, GM and Beverage Director at Smyth and The Loyalist, two new Chicago eateries, in a June interview on Eater. She said “Whether you’re … Continue reading

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