carajillo

carajillo

Some say that this coffee drink dates back to when Spain occupied Cuba. Soldiers would drink coffee and rum to give them courage--coraje in Spanish, which later transformed into the current name of the drink: "carajillo." There are many variations of this drink. For January's supper club, the carajillo I'll be making will have Licor 43, …

Menu for the Jan 23 coffee flavored Dinner with Daniel

Matt Gebis has chosen a few select coffees for the upcoming Dinner with Daniel. I have designed the courses around each coffee's unique character. You will be amazed to be introduced to a whole new range of flavors in this familiar daily beverage: Coffee BBQ Pork Ribs - Miju Sali Coffee, Ethiopia Pan-seared Emerald Valley Ricotta Chiesi with Cocoa and Coffee - Las Capucas …

quark

Curds separating from the whey in the process of making quark

I was first introduced to quark in Germany. This fresh cheese is a tasty part of a good, old-fashioned breakfast. But it can be found in many other countries from Northern Europe to the Middle East. It's similar to the French fromage blanc or the Spanish queso fresco. This fresh cheese with a little honey and maybe a …

saffron harvest

I was able to harvest a couple of saffron threads!

I was pretty excited to come home and see one of my saffron crocuses blooming last week! These flowers were a gift from a friend, Mary Dyer, who then lived in Charlottesville. She gave these flower bulbs to me--a Spaniard living in Pittsburgh--and then she moved from Charlottesville to Madrid! The world is full of strange …

laurino

Northern Spain has a long tradition of flavored spirits called orujo, which is similar to Italy's grappa. In Spain you can buy these flavored spirits at the store, but it's also something of a family tradition and a hobby to make them at home. People use many different flavorings, from fruity to very savory, from strawberry …