A dream came true this weekend--I was able to feast on home-cooked paella, with real Spanish saffron that a wonderful friend had brought with her to the U.S. from Europe. She made us paella with flame-roasted red bell peppers, Italian-style tomato puree, chewy calamari ring slices and tentacles, shell-on pink shrimp, and open-faced mussels. Green peas also were scattered across the paella pan and cooked into the softened long-grain rice. The rice was saturated with deliciousness, and was cooked until it formed a browned and crispy pan crust. Here are the pictures! Enjoy!