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: 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.

pickles on toothpicks.

that’s not really what these are ~ i’m just quoting bridget jones’ diary.  this is the earliest appetizer i remember eating and loving.  my mom made these for parties when i was growing up.  they’re easy and cute, and i’ve made them at two separate occasions over the holidays.  sometimes old school can’t be beat! take a large piece of salami and slather with softened … Continue reading pickles on toothpicks.