Cooking with Friends in Barcelona

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During our month in Barcelona last Fall, some friends who live there invited us over to their house to cook together. Monica grew up in Barcelona and Ricky is from NYC but has lived in Spain for many years. Together they founded the company Delicious & Sons which includes a variety of Mediterranean products (developed by Ricky) including sauces, spreads, oils, vinegars and more, that are all organic, vegan and gluten free...and, well, DELICIOUS! I had fun cooking with them because they infused flavor into a simple dish so effortlessly.

Ricky and Monica have a stunning home – it's like an oasis in the city. Their sun-drenched chef's kitchen overlooks a dreamy backyard that makes outdoor entertaining seem easy. Outside they have a huge vine-covered table that they gather friends around regularly. Using their products we made some simple appetizers to enjoy outside one afternoon during our visit. And of course, I took lots of photos as we cooked.

 With Ricky & Monica in their backyard, eating what we made!

With Ricky & Monica in their backyard, eating what we made!

 Shooting on the stairs that lead out of their kitchen into the back yard.

Shooting on the stairs that lead out of their kitchen into the back yard.

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 We made Aioli Deviled Eggs using their Garlic Aioli with Lemon Zest and Basil. Ricky picked baby basil leaves in the back yard to garnish each egg.  Find the recipe here.

We made Aioli Deviled Eggs using their Garlic Aioli with Lemon Zest and Basil. Ricky picked baby basil leaves in the back yard to garnish each egg. Find the recipe here.

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 I wanted to make a caramelized onion crostini using D&S porcini mushroom tapenade. Ricky had the idea to top them with lime zest which really sealed the deal!  Here's the recipe for these Porcini Crostini.

I wanted to make a caramelized onion crostini using D&S porcini mushroom tapenade. Ricky had the idea to top them with lime zest which really sealed the deal! Here's the recipe for these Porcini Crostini.

 I fried up some eggplant strips in their kitchen (so envious of this stove & grill!!) to make some rolls with their sundried tomato pesto. These are so good I could eat a whole plate of them in one sitting.

I fried up some eggplant strips in their kitchen (so envious of this stove & grill!!) to make some rolls with their sundried tomato pesto. These are so good I could eat a whole plate of them in one sitting.

 Eggplant Rolls with D&S sundried tomato pesto, arugula & Manchego cheese.  Get the recipe here .

Eggplant Rolls with D&S sundried tomato pesto, arugula & Manchego cheese. Get the recipe here.

 So fun cooking together in this kitchen!

So fun cooking together in this kitchen!

 For dessert we made a simple sundae using their thick balsamic glaze over ice cream with fresh figs. So easy and tasty!  Find the recipe here.

For dessert we made a simple sundae using their thick balsamic glaze over ice cream with fresh figs. So easy and tasty! Find the recipe here.

 Thanks for having us, guys! Come to California!

Thanks for having us, guys! Come to California!

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QUICK RECIPES LINKS:

Aioli Deviled Eggs

Porcini Crostini

Eggplant Rolls

Balsamic Fig Sundaes

*This is not a sponsored post...these are just my friends and I love the cool food company they have created! And I think their products are really tasty. For the full blog post that Monica did on our day of cooking together that lists all my recipes and a short interview, click here.

And Click here to see where you can buy Delicious & Sons products (they are sold all over the NYC area, including Zabars). Some of their items are also on Amazon.