Rosca de Pascua–Easter Bread Ring–From the Archives

  With Easter just a few days away, I thought I'd repost my original recipe for Rosca de Pascua, the traditional ring-shaped bread-like cake served in Argentina at this time of year.  Easter marks the end of the Lenten season– the beginning of which we marked by celebrating the Tres Reyes and eating its signature […]

Tarta Pascualina–Easter Spinach Ricotta Pie

 A couple of years ago, I posted a great recipe for Tarta Pascualina with roasted red peppers that was sent to me by a reader in Washington.  Since this dish is popular in Argentina during this season, I'd share another variation of the recipe.  Pascua is the Spanish word for Easter, so Tarta Pascualina literally means 'Eastertime Tart'. […]

Empanadas de Vigilia–Camaron Y Espinaca–Lenten Empanadas–Shrimp and Spinach

  Empanadas de Vigilia are popular in Argentina around Easter–the time when those who observe Lent 'keep vigil' and abstain from the things they enjoy eating and drinking  the rest of the year.  Believers omit these things as a sacrifice, a nod to Christ's sacrifice of his life by crucifixion for our mortal sins–albiet a […]

Buñuelos de Manzana –Apple Fritters

  My appetite for books is as voracious as the one I have for food–there's nothing I love more than getting into a really good book.  My favorite stories are rich in sensory details–they bring me in with the sights, smells and tastes of the story. Monica, friend and Uruguayan transplant, recommended The Invisible Mountain, by […]

Rosca de Reyes–Kings’ Cake

  The tradition of El Dia de los Tres Reyes Magos (literally, the Day of the Three Magi Kings)–aka the Epiphany–is a holiday that originated in Spain and is now celebrated in Hispanic cultures around the world on January 6th. The Magi are those three Wise Men–the kings who traveled to Bethlehem to visit the infant Jesus and bring him […]