spanish tapas happy hour!!!

a while back, we had two of our best friends and their beautiful mothers over for a little happy hour.  i like to take advantage of every opportunity to cook yummy food, so i pulled out my tapas book from an incredible restaurant in santa fe, new mexico, titled “EL FAROL”.  http://www.amazon.com/El-Farol-James-Campbell-Caruso/dp/1586851012 this is my most beloved, cherished cookbook.  it is one of my only … Continue reading spanish tapas happy hour!!!

spanish tapas 101: blue cheese stuffed figs w/caramel sauce.

yum yum yummmm. this recipe is called higos rellenos in spanish ~ such a beautiful language with such beautiful culinary delights. and there’s a caramel sauce too.  WOAH.  heaven. directions use fresh or dried figs (i prefer dried) ~ cut figs in half and press a little blue cheese into each half.  press a pecan half on top of the cheese.  wrap each fig with a thin slice … Continue reading spanish tapas 101: blue cheese stuffed figs w/caramel sauce.

spanish tapas 101: purple peruvian potatoes

say that three times fast!  purple peruvian potatoes purple peruv… this isn’t the prettiest picture ever, but it’s the most lovely potato salad ~ so light and tangy.  yay for potatoes!   ingredients 2 pounds purple or blue potatoes, quartered with the skins on, 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar 1/2 red onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons chopped … Continue reading spanish tapas 101: purple peruvian potatoes

spanish tapas 101: roasted asparagus w/goat cheese dressing.

you know when you get creative and you put unique flavors together and it just works?  this is one of those stories.  i found this gorgeous goat cheese dressing recipe in my “el farol” cookbook from santa fe, and decided to make it a dipping sauce for roasted asparagus, but with a kick. isn’t that delectable?  it really was.  i mean ~ who needs bread?!!! here’s … Continue reading spanish tapas 101: roasted asparagus w/goat cheese dressing.

admission…

so, i like to think i “eat like a bird”, and i still maintain that i do.  i eat a lot of nuts, seeds, greens, tomatoes, fish, and nibbly little things, like dates and olives.  my diet mostly consists of whole foods and an occasional square of dark chocolate.  i don’t eat sugar, i don’t drink soda, i don’t eat processed food, and i try … Continue reading admission…

detox.

today is an important day.  it’s the first day after a very unhealthy weekend.  it’s crucial to start the turn-around, no matter how terrible it feels.  and i’ve already failed with the gym because my car won’t start.  i could walk to the gym but it’s 5 degrees.  no thanks!  i’ll be making a little hot yoga happen right here in my house in a … Continue reading detox.