Nirmala’s Edible Diary Cookbook Giveaway!

Nirmala Narine, who has been called 'the Indiana Jones of Spices', was born in Guyana in the family kitchen on an empty flour sack, delivered by a marijuana-puffing midwife.  Her grandfather was an Ayurvedic scholar and Hindu priest who introduced her to the importance of spices and cooking holistically. Narine spent the first ten years of […]

Lechon and more Argentinean Holiday Favorites

 Christmas came early for us this year (at least the dinner part, anyway!)  We invited friends Kazia, Carina and Julio, Ruth and Brit, and Larry to join us in celebrating an Argentinean Christmastime feast.  The dinner:  all of the traditional holiday favorites, Argentina style.  The menu included: Shrimp Cocktail Onion and Roquefort Empanadas Pionono with Tuna, Roasted Red Peppers and Olives […]

Empanadas 101–Pre-madeTapas and FAQ

  I wanted to write a simple and hands-on post about how to make Empanadas.  Here is the basic set-up for any type of empanada, though the ones shown here are Empanadas Mendocinas (This video shows the sealing technique called repulgue).   

Chicken, Leek and Green Pepper Empanadas–Empanadas de Pollo, Puerro y Pimiento

  The name of these empanadas, like so many things, just sounds better in Spanish. Empanadas de Pollo, Puerro, y Pimiento–it's almost like a tongue twister school kids would recite for better diction.  (Pepe Pecas pica papas con un pico. Con un pico pica papas Pepe Pecas. Pepe Pecas picks potatoes with a pick.  With a pick […]

Empanadas de Bufalo–Bison Empanadas

  You know what they say about variety being the spice of life, and we eat more than our share of empanadas around here, with a variety of fillings. I usually make some variation once a week, whether it's an old standby like Empanadas Mendocinas, or something more atypical. I stock up on pre-made tapas, which makes empanadas […]