Tag Archives: seafood

New Year’s Day Paella, and Paella Through the Years

Gallery of paella through the years Even better than our long-standing tradition of making a paella on New Year’s Eve may be having a big pot of leftovers ready to go for a lazy New Year’s Day and beyond. My … Continue reading

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Friday night date night just got better, and cheaper, and did I mention I didn’t have to leave the house?

When our kids were babies, my husband and I would hurry home on Friday afternoons to squeeze in a quick bite in a restaurant before the clock ran out to pick the boys up from day care, our only time … Continue reading

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10 Things I Learned from Naked and Afraid (and a Perfect Connecticut Afternoon)

10 things I learned from the survivalist reality show Naked and Afraid: 1. After a few awkward minutes, no one will care if you’re naked in the wilderness. 2. There’s good naked and bad naked. (OK, I learned that one … Continue reading

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What I Ate in Thailand: The Best Food in the World

{This is part of an occasional series, “What I Ate In …”} Thai Food Thai food is delightful–an amazing variety of intensely flavorful fruits and vegetables, seafood, curries, soups with complex broths, noodles, rice, and spices, spices, spices. I visited … Continue reading

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Might have been the fish tacos

For ten miserable hours, I leaned my weary forehead against the cool glass of the van. You don’t want to know what happened in every squat toilet between the Atlas Mountains and the sea at Essaouira. Let’s just say I … Continue reading

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Home cooking challenge: You have 30 minutes. Begin.

Ready? Open your basket. You take out a fish you’ve never cooked before, a breakfast food, a curry paste, and a couple of small turnips. You have 30 minutes to cook dinner. Begin… Since I’m hooked on the cooking show … Continue reading

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What I Ate in Peru: Guinea Pig Anyone?

For “What I Ate Wednesday,” I would like to share what I ate in Peru. I tried to sample a lot of traditional Peruvian cuisine, but I was less adventurous than usual when I first arrived. I wanted to be … Continue reading

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Trout Fishing in Ireland

A great meal awaited us as my boys played at fishing with sticks in the canal that ran through the small Irish village. As the boys pretended to fish, a scruffy-faced Irishman who lived on a houseboat on the canal … Continue reading

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Pork, Squid, and Milkfish: A Filipino Meal

The man explained the choices at the steam table, but hesitated at the second pork dish. “And this one is — I don’t know if I should tell you what it is.” He gave a nervous laugh as he stirred … Continue reading

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Spam, Spam, Shrimp, and Spam: Spambalaya Jambalaya

{Celebrate your courage: Send me a postcard.} “The Spam thudded onto the cutting board with an Alpo-esque scthfflurumphhh.” I came across a strange recipe for Spambalaya Jambalaya, and it ended up on my 101 things list. Aside from its awesome name, I … Continue reading

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