Authentic Argentinian Empanadas

One of my best friends from college is originally from Argentina, and I was first introduced to delicious, homemade Argentinian empanadas when I visited her in Winston-Salem for her birthday one year! I pretty much immediately fell in love with the flaky crust and savory, unique flavor of the filling.

Later on, that friend and I spent a semester abroad together studying in Sevilla, Spain. When we weren’t busy loving our lives in Sevilla (seriously, it was the best time ever), we were making the most of temporarily living in Europe and traveling whenever we could. One of the many trips we made that semester was to London, England where we stayed with Miranda’s cousin, Nico. Miranda and Nico hadn’t seen each other in a few years, and Nico wanted to host a little get-together at his flat so his friends could meet his cousin. It was decided that we would make empanadas for the get-together.

So that is how I came to get my hands on this delicious, authentic recipe! I love these empanadas because they work as a main dish, as a side, or as an appetizer, and they’re delicious warm or cold. My family members are all big fans of the dish too–my step-dad especially! Making the dough is a little time-consuming, but it is so worth it. Try it out and let me know what you think!

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Crack Pretzels

Looking for a quick snack or appetizer to bring to a get-together? Look no further!

A former coworker of mine introduced me to Crack Pretzels, and like the name suggests, I was addicted! I modified her recipe and bit and made a batch for my family, and now they expect me to bring Crack Pretzels whenever we all get together. Luckily, they’re so easy to make that I don’t mind!

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Classic Sausage Balls

Sausage balls are the ultimate party food. They’re so easy to make, can be made in advance and reheated easily, and they’re a definite crowd pleaser.

I have tried many different sausage ball recipes over the years, but this one is definitely the winner. It has just the right amount of cheese, meat and spice! I made them this past weekend for my boyfriend Cody’s graduation party, and they were gone in no time. Here’s how you make this simple and delicious hors d’oeuvre:

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Mac n Cheese Bites

Today has been a sad, sad day. If y’all aren’t passionate about any sports team in particular, just skip on down a few paragraphs to find what you came here for (:

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a HUGE fan of all things Carolina, but I am especially fond of my alma mater’s basketball team. Our team has had a rough couple of seasons due to injuries, academic scandals and just bad luck, and I’ve loved and supported Roy’s Boys through it all! But this year was supposed to be our year. We had the experienced seniors, depth from our bench and all the pieces needed to finally bring another national championship banner back to Chapel Hill. And we were SOOO close to getting that banner!! So when we lost everything this team and its seniors have been fighting for for the past four years on a wild buzzer beater, it hurt. It still hurt today, and it’s probably going to hurt for a while! I honestly think I will always get a little pang of “what might have been” in my stomach when I think back on this team and this season.

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Dale’s Famous Stromboli

Mmmm, stromboli. So simple, yet so delicious. How could you not like cheese, pepperoni and pizza dough all rolled together?!

I was introduced to this delicious food by my step-dad Dale, whose family has a long-standing tradition of baking up a few loaves of stromboli whenever a big snowstorm hits. In my eyes, it’s one of the only good things about snow days!

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Super Easy Super Bowl Snack: Buffalo Chicken Dip

I am super excited for the Super Bowl this year!! The Carolina Panthers are going to bring the Vince Lombardi Trophy home to NC for the first time (#keeppounding), BeyoncĂ© is expected to perform at halftime (yassss Queen B) AND it’s an excuse to make all sorts of yummy apps (and drink good beer).

We’re celebrating the Panthers’ trip to the big game at work tomorrow, and I’m bringing this buffalo chicken dip as my contribution. It’s super easy. Super yummy. Super perfect for Super Bowl celebrations.

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