Introduction to the Delightful Empanada

A dinner of empanadas taken from above against a background of dark, rustic wood

The Spanish word “empanar,” which means “to bread” or, in the context of the empanada, “to wrap something in bread,” is where the word “empanada” originates. In essence, empanadas are stuffed bread. The simplest and most popular kind is filled with baked meat (either ground or finely minced), onions, one whole or …

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The Ultimate Guide to Refried Beans

Traditional refried beans from Mexico served with chips, tomato sauce, and jalapenos

Refried beans are deliciously seasoned, mashed, fried, gluten-free beans. The term “refried beans” does not actually imply “fried twice.” It originated from the Spanish word for well-fried or well-cooked beans, frijoles refritos. It is a traditional staple of Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, as well as popular in many other Latin American countries.  …

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What are the Different Types of Rice?

What are the Different Types of Rice

Rice is a common ingredient in many dishes from throughout the world, but it is particularly prevalent in Asian and Indian cuisines. Rice, Oryza sativa, a popular edible seed, comes in a wide range of varieties. Long grain, short grain, and medium grain rice can be categorized into three fundamental types. The …

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