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July 30, 2015

DIY Recipe | Beef & Cheese Empanadas {VIDEO}

With Authentic Seasonings  

Do you love Mexican food as much as we do? Serve these homemade appetizers at your next party for a little south-of-the-border flair. As you'll see in this short video (above), the made-from-scratch pastry only takes a few minutes to assemble in a food processor.

This recipe calls for Sazon, a seasoned salt found in Spanish and Mexican markets. Typical ingredients include cilantro, achiote, garlic and salt.

You can deep fry your empanadas, as the video clip shows. Or if you prefer, you can bake them in an oven preheated to 400 degrees F. Brush the empanadas with a lightly beaten egg. Bake for 16-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Serve your beef bundles with sour cream and salsa on the side.

Dough Ingredients

2-1/4 cup flour
1-1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 egg
1/3 cup water

Filling Ingredients

1 lb ground beef
1/2 small onion
1/2 green bell pepper
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 Sazon envelope
pinch red pepper flakes
1 tsp oregano
S & P to taste
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup raisins, optional
2 hard-boiled eggs
1/2 cup grated Mexican cheese blend 


Please watch the five minute video (above) for the easy preparation instructions. Yield: 14

Source: Adapted from Cooked by Julie

Photos: plumcrazeexx, oZpublic, sausagekingofseattle, tvol, julesstonesoup (Flickr)

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July 22, 2015

Recipe | Insanely Delicious {Cherry Bakewell} Cupcakes #DIY #back-to-school

Almond sponge cake, plus buttercream frosting. 
Topped off with a cherry! 

Yummy Almond & Cherry Flavors

Not long ago, our daughter took a "gap year" away from college. While visiting jolly old England, she raved about the classic tea treats known as Cherry Bakewell Tarts. Here's how wikipedia describes this popular confection:

"The Bakewell Tart consists of a shortcrust pastry shell, spread with jam or jelly and covered with a sponge-like filling enriched with ground almonds (known as frangipane). A Cherry Bakewell is a variation of the tart where the frangipane is covered with a top layer of almond-flavoured fondant and a single half
glacé cherry."

Commercial examples can be found in most bakeries and supermarkets. An imported brand of Cherry Bakewells is produced by Mr. Kipling.

Bakewell Tart recipes for homemakers abound, dating back to Mrs. Beeton in the mid-1800s.

With the following baking guide, you can borrow the flavors of this beloved English confection to create some delicious modern American cupcakes.

Ingredients & Directions

Check out How to Bake Cherry Bakewell Cupcakes! by Robyn-Tahnee Moss on Snapguide.

This cupcake includes ground almonds and almond extract with a raspberry conserve core. Covered with a smooth glace icing. Topped with half a cherry.

Source: Snapguide

Photos: Angelina, david_pics (cropped), Sahrish (Flickr)

July 12, 2015

7 AWESOME Birthday Gifts {Products for Kids}

Put a Smile on Someone's Face!

If you're searching for the perfect gift, look no further. These "foodie" products will entertain children at parties, snack-time and meals. Whip up a batch of colorful cupcakes and let the fun begin!  

Mrs. Food Face Dinner Plate
Construct Your Own Drinking Straw Kit

Food & Fold Children's Paper Placemats

Mr. Food Face Dinner Plate

Animal Nose Paper Cups

Zoku Fish Pop Mold

Magic Castle Inflatable Bouncer

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