homemade harissa

One of my secret food shames is that I don’t love spicy foods as much as would probably make me cool these days. I’ve got no Thai chile-eating bravado, no Sichuan peppercorn count to throw around, and I never even once in college went to one of those…

Sardines

Recipe: Spanish Sardines on Toast

An easily prepared tapa, that’s pleasantly colorful as well. Spanish Sardines on Toast Total Time (preparation and cooking): 10-15 minutes Ingredients 2 tins (8 ounces) –  sardines in olive oil 1 garlic clove, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped 1 lemon,…

strawberries and cream with graham crumbles

To unforgivably botch something great , if all of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone, I’m starting to believe that all of Smitten Kitchen’s problems stem from my inability to leave exquisitely simple things like…

Tapas at El Pirata in Mayfair

Welcome to Mayfair, a rather exclusive part of London town. The area gets its name from the 15-day fair that James II established there in the 1680s, which was mainly for cattle trading. The gentrification of the area in the mid-18th century killed off…

Blue Grapes

Saint Mont: Big Bold Reds

What does the wine region Saint Mont of Southwest France have in common with the South American country of Uruguay? They both love the tannat grape and the bold and flavorful wines made from it. Although tannat has a rich history, it is just now being…