Gnocchi alla Sorrentina

Gnocchi alla Sorrentina

Every 29th is Gnocchi Day in Argentina. You may wonder why all the way down in South America we would dedicate a special day of every month to an Italian dish. The answer lies in the fact that as in immigrant country, a big part of our heritage is Italian, as the last wave of immigration in the early 20th century was in its majority Italian. This explains why almost every restaurant in Argentina has pasta as part of their menu, and why ice cream is a big deal back home, and also why we eat a lot of pizza.
Bearing this in mind, it is said that the celebration of Gnocchi day originates amongst these immigrants, that got their paycheck at the beginning of the month, and by the 29th, not much was left, only enough to buy potatoes, some flour and an egg. All that you need to put together this delicious dish.
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Brie & Caramelized Onions Quiche

Brie & Caramelized Onions Quiche

I love quiche. I could eat quiche every day, every single day. Especially in summer time. You can serve it hot, cold or warm. Plus it has an added bonus: you can make a quiche out of almost everything.
Back in Argentina, at my mother’s house, we used to have quiche every weekend. Over at her house, the greatest hits are: ham and cheese, tuna, zucchini and corn. A normal Saturday lunch would include quiche, milanesas and a variety of salads (and Spanish omelet if we were lucky enough!).
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The Perfect Tortilla de Papas

The Perfect Tortilla de Papas

Today I woke up with a sudden craving for a “tortilla de papas”. In Argentina we call it this way, even though it’s a typical Spanish dish and the proper name would be “Tortilla Española”. The reason why an Argentinean would be craving a traditional Spanish dish is because as an immigrant country, our “typical” dishes come as a loan from many parts of the world; in this specific case, Spain. Having said that, you can now understand why every Saturday at my mom’s house we used to have “Tortilla de Papas and Milanesas” (a whole other story). I absolutely had to have it!
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