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Rites of Passage: Taming Wild Horses

DON HARRIS: REFLECTIONS ON SPAIN

Rites of Passage: Taming Wild Horses

In the era in which we live there is a tendency to blur gender distinctions. But there is one important event in the life of a boy that is crucial: his rite of passage into manhood. For thousands of years, boys have gone to great lengths to achieve this rite of passage, even to the point of risking their lives. In modern times most boys experience something less drastic, but no less important.

One of my fondest memories as a young chaplain was when I was serving at the Coast Guard Recruit Center in Alameda, California. Each week I would meet with a new rag-tag collection of teenage recruits. Anxious and hopeful, they had signed up...

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Free-Range Ibérico de Bellota Pork for the Grill or the Pan

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Free-Range Ibérico de Bellota Pork for the Grill or the Pan

We realized we hadn't tasted pork like this for a long, long time. Or maybe we had never had this experience before; perhaps it was a primordial memory from a time when pork meant something juicy, something complex and richly flavorful.

The occasion was a cookout at a house in Vista Hermosa, near Jerez. Our friends at Jamones y Embutidos Fermín had sent us samples of free-range Ibérico de Bellota pork, cuts we had rarely heard of before: presa, pluma, secreto. They came off the grill hot and crispy, shining with the famous acorn flavored fat of Ibérico de Bellota.

We had very high expectations, though we weren't exactly sure...

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REGIONAL FOCUS

Galicia

Our family loves to journey to Galicia, a place where we can relax, enjoying life among cordial Celtic fisher folk and those who work the fields and tend the flocks. There is nothing quite like wandering the rias, or fjords, formed by mountain streams as they wend their way to the sea.

We love to drive along the lapping tidelands and the wave-pounded cliffs of Galicia. It is there, by the cliffs, that young men risk their lives to harvest seafood treasures from the ocean. Seafood, shellfish, octopus – it is all there in amazing abundance, celebrated in more than 300 gastronomic fiestas each year.

Central to the culture...

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