The beauty of paella is that it needs a longish resting period before serving to finish cooking the rice, sometimes up to 45 minutes. This gives the cook a little more breathing space and an opportunity to mingle with guests. And while a paella pan is ideally suited to the task, cookbook author Diana Worthington says any wide, shallow pan would do just as long as it's not cast iron (too hot) or nonstick (prevents the characteristic crust from forming on the bottom).
The San Jose Mercury article also has many photos of Moore cooking paella on his restaurant's beautiful indoor hearth; two paella recipes as well as a recipe for Figs with Burrata and Port-Balsamic; a recipe for sangria; articles on paella pans, the best rice and tips on how to throw a paella party.
Read the Article: How to Throw a Paella Party at San Jose Mercury News
• Sur La Table is offering many paella cooking classes in their stores all across the US in September, as well as a nice selection of Spanish paella pans ($19.95 - $69.95), a paella cookbook (18.95), and saffron ($13.95) in stores and online.
• The Spanish Table is another good source, with many authentic paella pans, ingredients and cooks on offer. They have stores in Berkeley and Milly Valley, CA; Santa Fe, NM; and Seattle, WA as well as an online shop.
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