How To: Empanadas

There’s nothing like a visual ‘how to’ to learn something new.

Watch this quick demon on folding an empanda, and finishing with a rope edge, or un repulge.

Empanadas de Cerveza – Beer Dough Empanadas

Grabbing a round aluminum tray, a pair of tongs and carefully selecting from the sugar topped, soft and flaky pastries on display is one of the great joys of visiting a Mexican pastry shop. Picking an empanada, thinking it is filled with pineapple, only to later realize it is pumpkin or apple, is one of…

Reading Material 01.08.16

A selection of this week’s readings: New Dietary Guidelines Urge Less Sugar for All and Less Protein for Boys and Men, NY Times. A brief look at the always disappointing Federal dietary guidelines. Eggs are in, excessive protein is out. I will continue to disregard these until school districts are no longer allowed to consider pizza…

The Year That Was

Before staring off a new year of posts, let’s take a look back at this year, a year of big moves, from Arizona to upstate New York, from Tumblr to WordPress. (Feel free to poke around the archives of this blog’s previous home.) Most popular posts from this year: The strawberry picking good time of…

Polvorones de Almendra – Spanish Almond Shortbread Cookies

Along with mantecados de limón, polvorones de almendra are one of the more popular cookies consumed in massive quantities during Christmas in Spain. These almond shortbread cookies are similar to a pecan sandie, though dryer and more crumbly in texture. Just as with the mantecados de limón, the flour for the polvorones is lightly toasted,…

Reading Material 12.18.15

This week’s readings: that time Paris ate the zoo, slave labor shrimp, a scandal in the chocolate world.

Orange Infused Tequila

I’m not trying to say that the holidays require a lot of booze, with posting two recipes for infused liquors in a week, but really, it doesn’t hurt. As with the licor de membrillo, this infusion is sweetened at the beginning of the process, rather than afterwards. It’s much like salting throughout the cooking process,…

Culinary Christmas Gift Guide: Books

It’s that gift guide time of year. Some of the best I’ve seen this year: A surprisingly practical list from NY Times. A guide that begs the question, do you really need a wine suitcase? from the LA Times. A gift guide of the ‘I want everything on it’ variety from Eater. And adding one…

Reading Material 12.11.15

In misleading headlines this week: Drinking Tequila Could Help You Lose Weight, According To Scientists, Buzzhearts.  I love tequila, not in an ‘I’m Mexican so obviously tequila is my life’ sort of way, because frankly, no one else in my family likes tequila. I simply love tequila. And if drinking tequila alone made one skinny, that…

Mantecados de limón -Spanish Lemon Shortbread

I lived in Spain for three years as a kid, a period where tortillas were made with potatoes, not wheat, and the highlight of the year was the giant Christmas box of mantecados and polovorones, shortbread cookies typical of Andalucía, Spain’s southern province. These boxes were the kind of treats that make you forget all other types…