Celebrate the Flavors of Argentina: A Wine and Food Pairing

Fried Empanadas are just the beginning. Let's call them a gateway food…. On Thursday, Jan. 24, I'm partnering up with sommelier Ashley Vaughters to present an evening of tastes of Argentina–beginning with fried cheese empanadas and a sparkling Argentine wine, followed by a Torrontes with fish in a spicy Mar Del Plata sauce; a Pinot […]

El Patio de Babushka

"My brother wants to take us to lunch today," Guillermo announced as we were sitting at my in-law's green kitchen table, tearing into a brown paper bag of pastries from Al Pan Pan.  "He knows of a farm where the family runs a restaurant out of their house, and they cook all Ukrainian food."  That was enough to […]

A Visit to Lasater Ranch–Una Visita a la Estancia Lasater

 A couple of Sundays ago, we were honored to get an invite to the Lasater Ranch, where our gracious host, Alex Lasater (above) treated us to an outstanding day on the prairie.  Lasater Ranch is located on 30,000 acres of wide-open range.  (Cue 'Don't Fence Me In' music here.)  The property actually circumvents the tiny township of […]

Classes in January! Clases en enero!

WOW.  Or perhaps I should say GUAU. So many exciting projects to keep me busy are brewing this winter and spring, but most exciting of all are the events and classes!  Will you be there?  I hope so! Take a look at the Supper Club page for details on that project (this really deserves it's […]

Suckling Pig in a Clay Oven at Grandpa’s House–Lechón al Horno de Barro en la Casa de los Abuelos

Fire is primal–the first and most basic way to cook.  Since the beginning of time, it gives man the power to control his food.  It is also by far (smokers, barbecues, ovens and other technology be damned) one of the most effective ways to release flavor.  Fire is warming, hypnotic, yet dangerous.  It strikes a […]