Although today tapas may no longer be called on to cover (tapar) your drink to protect from sherry-loving fruit flies, as they once did in 13th century Spain, these appetizer-sized bites are still the perfect snack or meal to accompany any drink.
This traditional aïoli, inspired by the cuisine of Haute Provence, perfectly illustrates that region’s culinary philosophy: Simple preparations and local ingredients are the best way to celebrate the bounty of the land. See the recipe for Aïoli »
Rose Pistola’s Calamari Cakes
We picked up this trick from the legendary “old stove,” Rose Pistola, for whom the dish is named. She dubbed it “ordinary,” but we beg to differ—a dish this delicious can only be described as extraordinary. See the recipe for Rose Pistola’s Calamari Cakes »
Shrimp and Pickled Celery
Tender, simmered celery is paired with shrimp and lightly pickled for a uniquely flavorful appetizer.
Book Club Sangria
This sweet-tart wine punch was invented by members of the Junior League of Houston book club in the 1970s.