Sopa de Tomate! Tomato Soup Recipe Learned in Barcelona

A couple of weekends ago Cheryl and I traveled back to Washington DC to see some friends and ended up having Sunday Brunch at Taberna del Alabardero.  Normally brunch is brunch but this particular Sunday they were hosting a Feria del Abril event.  Dancers, food, drink.  Lots and lots of them.  One small bite offered was a little glass of gazpacho.  It reminded me of a tomato soup Cheryl and I learned how to make in Barcelona while we were on our honeymoon.  I didn’t think I’d have a chance to make it so soon but Chicago cooperated and one day last week the temperature was up over 80°F.  Perfect opportunity to make this quick and easy summertime soup. (more…)


My Favorite Christmas Cookie – Porlos Testa

Just like Grandma used to make!

Remember how I said my Grandmother’s stuffing was one of the first recipes of hers I got?  Well this is the very first one.  Porlos testa (TEE-sta).  Nothing says Christmas to me like these “cookies.”  I suppose they’re more like a pastry but growing up they were my favorite, and still are.  These were really special because they were only made at Christmas.  Kinda like egg nog.  And it seemed like everyone in her family made them.  I’d get them at her house, at my great-aunt and uncle’s house where we had Sunday dinners, and at home because my mom learned how to make them.  There’d be two kinds of these Hungarian treats.  (more…)