Taken for Granted

Circumstances being as they are, I decided it would be prudent to choose more economical entertainment options these days (trip to Argentina aside, of course!). So rather than dine out or go to the movies, I've been spending more time just relaxing with friends and family and engaging in the art of conversation. Talk is cheap, right? ;)

In addition to enjoying the company of my loved ones, I've been packing up my camera and venturing out on photo safaris around Philadelphia and its suburbs. I've always had an interest in photography, but I recently decided to make a more concerted effort to get out there and really practice and improve my skills. While doing so, I am taking advantage of the countless, beautiful natural and historic treasures that sit practically in my backyard.

Before I made the decision to move to Argentina, I put off visiting some of these places - there was always a tomorrow. As a lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area, if I didn't get to Tyler Arboretum or the Keith House this year, it wasn't a big deal because I thought I'd always have the opportunity to go at another time. With a finite number of days left for me in this corner of the world, I feel a slight pang of guilt that, at times, I have taken my hometown for granted. But I promise you all one thing: I'm turning over a new leaf.

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The Argentine Recipe File

Find your favorite Argentine recipes here in list format! Do you prefer to taste first with your eyes? If so, check out the visual recipe index.
The Seashells and Sunflowers Recipe File
» Chipá [cheese rolls]
» Dulce de Leche [caramel spread]
» Empanadas de Humita [creamy corn empanadas]
» Argentine Locro [hearty meat and vegetable stew]
» Pionono or Arrollado Primavera [sponge cake filled with ham, cheese and vegetables and rolled up jelly roll-style]
» Clericot [white sangria]
» Vitel Toné [cold veal with tuna sauce]
» Panettone | Pan Dulce
» Three Kings' Cake | Rosca de Reyes
» Ricotta Pie | Torta de Ricota
» Torre de Panqueques [layers of ham, cheese, lettuce and tomato sandwiched between crepes]
» Creamy Stewed Corn | Humita en Olla
» Tortas Fritas [fried dough]
» Swiss Chard Fritters | Buñuelos de Acelga
» Pollo al Disco de Arado [chicken and vegetables cooked in a large iron disc over a wood fire]
» Savory Easter Pie | Tarta Pascualina
» Roquefort Cheese, Celery and Walnut Empanadas | Empanadas de Roquefort, Apio y Nuez [Empanadas de Vigilia]
» Easter Bread Ring | Rosca de Pascua
» Stuffed Provolone | Provoleta Rellena
» Homemade Gancia | Gancia Casero [liquor]
» Argentine Croissants | Medialunas de Manteca
» Blackberry Empanadas | Empanadas de Zarzamora
» Roasted Butternut Squash Tart | Tarta de Zapallo
» Pickled Eggplant | Berenjenas en Escabeche
» Stuffed Round Zucchini | Zapallitos Rellenos
» Deep-fried Silversides | Cornalitos Fritos [fish]
» Pancetta and Plum Empanadas | Empanadas de Panceta y Ciruela
» Chocolate-covered Sandwich Cookies with Dulce de Leche | Alfajores Marplatenses [like those from Havanna]
» Coconut and Dulce de Leche Tart | Tarta de Coco y Dulce de Leche
» Butternut Squash and Ricotta Gnocchi, Two Ways | Ñoquis de Zapallo y Ricota, Servido de Dos Maneras
» Crepes with Dulce de Leche | Panqueques de Dulce de Leche
» Chicken Salad Roll with Hearts of Palm | Pionono de Pollo y Palmitos

My Argentine Recipes Featured Around the Web
» Torta de Ochenta Golpes [sweet yeast dough with raisins and nuts]
» Stuffed Beef Rolls | Niños Envueltos
» Quince Paste | Dulce de Membrillo
» Coconut Macaroons | Coquitos
» Quince Jam Thumbprint Cookies | Pepitas
» Chicken and Corn Pie | Tarta de Pollo y Choclo
» Pastelitos de Dulce de Membrillo [fried pastries filled with quince paste]
» Peaches and Cream Cake with Dulce de Leche | Torta de Durazno y Crema con Dulce de Leche
» Empanadas Árabes or Fatay [Middle Eastern-style beef empanadas]
» Quince Tart | Pasta Frola
» Chicken in a Scallion Cream Sauce | Pollo al Verdeo
» Bifes a la Criolla [thinly-sliced steaks stewed with onions, peppers, and potatoes]
» Matambre a la Pizza [flank steak "pizza"]
» Lomito Completo [Argentine steak sandwich]
» Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni | Canelones de Espinaca y Ricota
» Chickpea Flatbread | Fainá
» Round Ravioli Stuffed with Ham and Cheese | Sorrentinos de Jamón y Queso
» Open-faced Empanadas with Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella | Canastitas Caprese
» Orange and Red Onion Salad | Ensalada de Naranja y Cebolla
» Quinoa and Goat Cheese Empanadas | Empanadas de Quinoa y Queso de Cabra
» Leek Tart | Tarta de Puerros

Guest Recipes for Seashells and Sunflowers
» Grandma Elsa's Lentil Stew | Guiso de Lentejas de la Abuela Elsa
» Onion and Cheese Quickbread | Tarta de Cebolla y Queso
» Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce | Budín de Pan al Caramelo
» Argentine Rolled Stuffed Flank Steak | Matambre Arrollado
» Beef Ragu | Estofado de Carne
» Quince Paste and Mascarpone Tart | Tarta de Dulce de Membrillo con Mascarpone
» Inés' Stuffed Chicken Roll | Pollo Relleno de Inés
» Marta's Famous Spinach Pie | La Famosa Tarta Pascualina de Mi Amiga Marta Read More......
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