Portugese Clams and Linguica - with pasta
Apricot Chicken

Ffwd: Mussels and chorizo with or without pasta

French Fridays:  Mussles and Chorizo with Pasta

I dreamt of this last night.  It made me want to travel.  The mere thought of Dorie Greenspan's recipe reminds me of relaxing meals that wind down a week in the most satisfying of ways. The meals that make you feel like you are on vacation.  A glass of wine and a dish of something special that needs no accompaniments.

Perhaps some music, blazing fire or brilliant sunset create an atmosphere.  Some times the cooking is the ambience.  Whatever it is you are transported from the daily grind.

Prince Edward Island Mussles
When I ventured up to Pekarski's for the chorizo I thought of the many such meals I have had the pleasure to share.  It caused me to add to my resolutions list - Always end the week, don't bring it home, don't share.  It will be waiting right where I left it on Monday.  You may be saying, "nice sentiment" - but I do believe a meal like this can make it happen.

Spicey Red Sauce
While my favorite sausage maker was out of chorizo, they did have linguica. Tonight I am making a detour to the Iberian penninsula with a Portugese recipe that resembles this french classic. 

Mussels and chorizo, with or without  pasta can be found on page 316 of Around My French Table. Find more options for this fabulous recipe at French Fridays with Dorie.

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Trevor Sis. Boom.

I wrote about how this dish took me on traveling expeditions too. Not only geographically but back in time. Great job!

Julie Cecchini

That is high praise coming from you. Thank you so much.


A good meal can cure a world of ills at times.
Nice post.

Terra Americana

What a lovely thing to say, thank you.

Confessions of a Culinary Diva

A good meal is reminiscent of our travels. I think that is one of the great things about traveling, you can bring food memories back to your home and recreate them all over again! Wonderful post!


What a great interpretation of Dorie's dish. The clams and linguica sound like a perfect pairing.

Terra Americana

Thank you so much Betsy, it was a good end to the week. but the mussels are on my mind, as soon as I get some chorizo it is a must!

I enjoyed your interpretation as well http://aplatefulofhappiness.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/french-fridays-with-dorie-mussels-and-chorizo-with-or-without-pasta/

Terra Americana

Christy you are so right, thank you for the kind words. I love your post. Great pictures!


Love this post - being in the moment and dreams of travel. I hope you get to try the mussels and chorizo soon.

Terra Americana

Thank you Theresa - I am planning on the mussels and chorizo for this Friday. The onion soup is such a favorite I can't wait until the wnd of the week to enjoy it.

Loved your post!

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