Ensalada Waldorf–Waldorf Salad

  Waldorf Salad is such a part of our culinary vernacular that it finds a home on holiday tables around the world.  It all began in March of 1893, on 5th and 33rd Streets in New York City–the location of the original Waldorf Hotel.  Alva Vanderbilt threw a charity ball to fete the hotel's opening, drawing […]

Tomates Rellenos con Arroz–Rice Stuffed Tomatoes

Another holiday favorite in Argentina and it's easy to know why–in the heat of a South American summer, nothing is as precious to the palate as a fresh tomato, picked at its peak.  If you think that phrase is a mouthful, consider biting into one of these lovely, vine-ripened treats, stuffed with perfectly seasoned rice […]

Ensalada Rusa–‘Russian’ Potato Salad

As its name suggests, Ensalada Rusa, Russian Salad, has its origins in Russia.  Over generations, it inched its way west to Spain, Portugal and Italy, and then made the jump to South America with waves of European and Russian immigrants. At its most simple, it consists of boiled potatoes, peas, and carrots swathed in a […]

Lechon and more Argentinean Holiday Favorites

 Christmas came early for us this year (at least the dinner part, anyway!)  We invited friends Kazia, Carina and Julio, Ruth and Brit, and Larry to join us in celebrating an Argentinean Christmastime feast.  The dinner:  all of the traditional holiday favorites, Argentina style.  The menu included: Shrimp Cocktail Onion and Roquefort Empanadas Pionono with Tuna, Roasted Red Peppers and Olives […]

Provoleta–Grilled Provolone

    To use the old adage 'A picture's worth a thousand words' would be trite, but in this case, there's not much I can say beyond what you see in the photo above to convince you to get up from your computer, jump in your car, race to the closest deli and ask for a […]