Welcome to Kitchen Simpatico, a new food blog authored by me – Caroline! Here I’ll share with you all the best that Spanish cuisine has to offer. You’ll find everything from fast and easy paellas to tapas, flans and sparkling sangrias. I explore the rich history and stories behind the recipes that will bring all the flavor and mystique of Spain into your own kitchen. I take a no-nonsense approach to cooking by using ingredients that are readily available and when possible, keeping the recipes short and sweet.
Food has always been a window to our culture and society. As a first-generation American, it was how I first connected to my rich Spanish history. As a child, I would ask the cooks in my household about the origins of the meal they were making, and when and why it was popular. I was always eager to better understand my culture through the delicious food I was being served. Over the years, I went from not cooking much to cooking in fast, furious spells. Looking back, the times I desired to be in the kitchen were the times I needed to connect to what was simple about life, to the memories that comforted me and to a culture I deeply identified with. Growing up, every simmering pot meant a new story was told, a secret revealed or a memory shared. Learning to perfect my own paella was as much about cooking rice as it was about making the traditions I loved, my own. Having recently started a family, I want to pass on these traditions and make new ones along the way. I created this blog to document my journey, to cook the food my ancestors cooked, to learn to make it well and to share it with you. I am not a trained chef but a home cook who is happily learning by doing and enjoying every bite.
I invite you to subscribe to my website for updates and the latest news. You can also friend me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I love hearing from friends who are trying out recipes, so leave me a comment and let me know how it turned out. I am always eager to learn what your experience was in making a dish and how you made it your own. I hope you’ll take this journey with me and enjoy making these recipes for your own everyday celebrations.