Candied Orange and Lemon Peel–Cáscara de Naranja y Limón Azucarada

      Every family has its own special holiday traditions.  Those rituals that bind us together during this festive season, whether trimming the tree with a collection of special ornaments gathered over the years, reading holiday stories while nestled in flannel sheets, or cooking cherished family specialties to share with family and friends.  Maybe it's […]

Celebrating Día del Niño–Dulce de Leche Donuts

The second Sunday in August is a special day in Argentina–it's Día del Niño, or Children's Day.  (This year it was postponed for elections, and was on Sunday the 21st.) Día del Niño is a day celebrating the fleeting and wonder-filled years of childhood.  I suppose adults on this day may reflect on their own fond […]

Fresh Herb Gnocchi–Ñoquis de Hierbas Frescas

Today in Argentina people from coast to coast are meeting friends and family over plates of gnocchi (or ñoquis, if you're in Argentina) to celebrate one of my most favorite time-honored Argentinean food traditions–the habit of eating gnocchi on the 29th day of each month. I recently got an email from reader Socorro in Miami, who […]

Ñoquis del 29–Gnocchi for the 29th

  This is why we pinch pennies all year long, spend our limited vacation time from work to visit family on the other side of the planet instead of go to Disney World, and travel from Denver to Dallas to Santiago to Mendoza and then drive three hours to Bowen; transit time: about 24 hours each way. […]

From the Archives: Pastelitos del 25 de Mayo

  A couple of years back, I wrote about the tradition of serving pastelitos on the 25th of May.  In that post, I wrote about how my husband, Guillermo, went door-to-door in his little town, selling the puffy little pastries in a sort of rural-Argentina version of the Girl Scouts.   He was trying to raise money […]