Tomato & Mozzarella Quiche

Tomato & Mozzarella Quiche

During summer time, back home we eat easy to prepare food that doesn’t require long hours in the kitchen. It’s hot. Real hot. Usually during the weekends, me and my brothers and sisters go to my mom’s house and we are spoiled madly; we get to eat delicious food and spend time together.
We are a family that has its habits; Saturdays at lunch there’s usually a big display of one or two quiches (we alternate in between, tomato & mozzarella, corn or zucchini), salads, milanesas, and a Spanish omelet. And Sundays its always has been and always will be a day dedicated to “Asado” or barbecue. Oh how I miss them. So very much.
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Spinach & Mozzarella Empanadas

Spinach & Mozzarella Empanadas

The past year involved making a big amount of empanadas. It was due mainly to the diners I hosted. I served a smaller version of this classical Argentinean finger food as part of the appetizer with chimichurri sauce, and they were a big hit. My guests loved them. Every time. And that made me happy. Because I cook to please whomever is sitting at my table, and naturally if they are happy so am I.
As I prepared more and more empanadas I perfected the recipe a lot. I went from store bought dough to homemade one because it is cheaper (at least here in France where imported Argentinean empanada dough can be quite expensive and not so easy to get your hands on) and tastier. I like them this way a lot more. And you control de process. I know when the dough has been prepared and I’m 100 % sure I’m serving a fresh product. I couldn’t really tell how old the rounds I bought were and if they had been properly handled by respecting the chain of cold.
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Chanterelles & Chicken Tartelettes

Chanterelles & Chicken Tartelettes

A little confession: many times I cook based of what I can find in my fridge and freezer. Other times I shop to cook something specific, when I have a special craving or we are having people over. Otherwise I'm not as organized as I would like to. I don't plan a menu for the week and shop accordingly, although I should. Instead I shop for the week with no plan in mind, and then go from there. If I could I'd choose option two: a place where I’m organized and don’t have to run down to the supermarket because I decided to make a Spanish omelette because I had a big batch of potatoes and later realized I had no eggs!!
In my y universe we improvise, and this is exactly how this recipe came to life. With a run to the supermarket to get cream included!
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