Tarta de Santiago and Pound Cake: A Match Made in Heaven

There’s something heavenly about a simple cake—no frosting, no fondant, no wild flavors, just a pure, sweet taste and a texture perfected by the thoughtful fine-tuning of bakers throughout the generations. Galicia’s take on this simple delicacy is tarta de Santiago (St. Jame’s cake), an almond cake named after St. James, the patron saint of…

Caldo Gallego and Brunswick Stew: Comfort Soups

When temperatures start to drop, whether they’re read in Celsius or in Fahrenheit, humans from all walks of life skim through recipe books for something that can warm them from the inside out. Galicians and Alabamians alike often find that the best medicine for frozen-stiff fingers and toes is a meaty, hearty soup. Galicia has…

Welcome to a Culture Not So Different from Your Own

An Introduction to Caroline’s Cocina Thanks so much for reading! On either side of the vast Atlantic sit two different communities with kindred souls, each one using the dinner table to tie together friends and family, yet using different flavors as the twine. My name is Caroline Smith Dean. At the moment, I am living…