Although this time has been extremely difficult for everyone, it has given us the opportunity to reflect on what we value. I miss seeing my family and friends, working from the office with my co-workers, dining at delicious restaurants with my husband, etc., but have found other ways to stay busy and positive. Without a work commute, I’ve been spending much more time in the kitchen trying new recipes and methods. These mini beef empanadas were inspired by a dish at DAMA, an incredible Latin restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. This recipe came pretty close, but I still need to figure out how DAMA makes their drool-worthy Brazilian hot vinegar!
Blueberry pie and I have become very good friends. After my third attempt, I finally got the flavor and texture just right. The flakey and salty crust juxtaposed by the gooey blueberry and cinnamon filling is the perfect combination. I have to admit, I’ve gotten rave reviews with this recipe. Depending on the freshness of your berries, they will subtly pop in your mouth with each bite—definitely an unexpected experience!