Romantico Spanish Paella on a Pan + Lemon Aïoli + Kid-Friendly Orange Sangria Sparklers
There are as many versions of paella as there are variations of cooks, and so to define a classic recipe is impossible. But what the people of Spain will never dispute is the origin of the dish itself: and that’s Valencia on the Eastern coast of Spain. Valencia is also known for its oranges and for a drink called orxata, an almond-based version of the more widely-known Horchata from Mexico.
We thought we’d kick off the month of love by honoring the people of Spain and a dish that symbolizes one of the most alluring aspects of Spanish culture: community and romance through the sharing of food. When we think of romance, most of us think of intimate love with a partner. But romance can also be defined as “a quality or feeling of mystery, excitement, and remoteness from everyday life.” Sounds like something we could all use to shake off the doldrums and the ever-pervasive question of “what’s for dinner?” Put on some Spanish guitar music, set the table with as much color as you can find, and let your imagination take you to faraway places as you cook up this lovely, traditional recipe (with a twist!).
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