Before I began cooking paella professionally, there were many weekends that I enjoyed practicing and perfecting my paella cooking skills to create the best authentic Spanish paellas around. My friends enjoyed it too. When I moved to Nashville over 25 years ago, I quickly found out that it was a challenge to get the ingredients and fresh seafood needed. Well, Nashville has come a long way with a burgeoning culinary scene and I now have the freshest ingredients and spices to create an authentic Spanish paella that will keep you craving for more.
Recently, Lodge Cast Iron, a product from Tennessee, sent me a paella pan and I am now creating authentic paellas with a Nashville culinary spirit. Creating any meal from local ingredients means that you will have the freshest ingredients that reflects the local culinary scene. Why not create your masterpiece from the local Tennessee product that has proven its quality and durability since 1910.
Cooking your paella is best when you have the time to leisurely cook and enjoy the experience from beginning to end, which usually takes about 45 minutes. My Lodge Carbon Steel 15 inch Paella Pan is perfect for generous portions for about 6 people. This version of My Paella Travels paella is loaded with Seared Scallops, Jumbo Shrimp, Chicken, Mussels atop tender and crusty bomba rice layered with asparagus, squash, broth, saffron and a touch of smoked paprika.
Socarrat is the crusty rice formed at the bottom of the paella pan, if the paella is cooked properly. Luckily, the Lodge Cast Iron paella pan is great at creating the most prized part of the paella.
Be sure to pop open a bottle of Cava (Spain’s bubbly wine) for a perfect weekend pairing.
Several months ago, I hosted a Paella Brunch for friends with my special guest Jeannie Min, Chief Operating Officer from SimuLinen. Paella and tapas are brilliantly colored and intensely flavored dishes from Spain. My friends deserve the best and tastiest dishes and only the brightest and colorful table and setting will do.
I must admit that I am a casual entertainer who likes to have a themed table but somewhat conflicted about all of the washing, drying and dry cleaner visits that will take place. Jeannie introduced me to SimuLinen Premium Paper Linen products.
SimuLinen is proud to introduce a whole line of Premium Paper Linen that will change people’s perception of elegance and durability. The Premium Paper Linen looks and feels like real linen and is twice as absorbent. The prices are reasonable and I believe it is worth it rather than paying for dry-cleaning later or washing/drying/folding/ironing later. I would rather use my time for something fun!
I wanted something that makes the food POP and it did! The colorful, durable gold and white napkins and bright red table runners made me feel glad that I found out about these amazing products. SimuLinen gave the table that extra fancy spark that I was looking for.
SimuLinen gave the whole event an extra bit of finesse; that bit of something that let my guests know that I was willing to go that extra mile to create the atmosphere and ambience for enjoying our event together.
This is what I found out about SimuLinen.
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Their Premium Paper Linen’s thickness, absorbency rate and overall general appearance are second to none. It’s gorgeous, true to color and very durable throughout the whole event. You don’t sacrifice elegance for convenience! I love my SimuLinen products and so did my guests!
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Spanish Paella Brunch with SimuLinen and Jeannie
Jeannie and I enjoyed Spanish Bloody Mary’s while I prepared the Paella Mixta topped with crispy kale. The paella was filled Roasted Chicken marinated with Spanish seasonings and spices, fresh gulf shrimp, mussels and flavorful local sausages. Roasted red and yellow peppers, saffron, lemon slices and bright green kale create a brilliantly colored mouth-watering paella for my guests.
Gold embossed napkins and the bright red table runners were the perfect contrast for the colorful Spanish themed table. Isn’t it lovely? We enjoyed a tapas board of a section of Spanish cheeses, marinated olives and bread.
Roasted Patatas Bravas smothered with warm Spanish romesco sauce was fabulous with a fried egg on top of it! I am so glad to have shared my passion for paella with my friends at brunch and at the same time, discover a fabulous product and new friend, Jeannie Min.