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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Mama’s Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are definitely one of my favorite holiday foods! My mom is always in charge of this dish for our family get-togethers, but I volunteered to make the mashed potatoes for a Friendsgiving celebration. Now that I’ve made this dish, I do not envy my mom’s yearly task…preparing this dish takes some time and some arm muscles! But the end result is worth it. My potatoes didn’t turn out quite as pretty or as smooth as my mama’s since I got a bit lazy in the peeling process and mashing process…but they were just as tasty, if I do say so myself!

Here is my family’s take on this holiday staple just in time for Thanksgiving.

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Banana Walnut Bread

I looove banana bread! It’s a perfect breakfast, snack, dessert or gift for someone else. It’s also incredibly quick and easy to whip up–which is great, because I never seem to be able to eat all of the bananas I buy before they get a little too mushy. Here is my simple recipe for a tasty Banana Walnut Bread:

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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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