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Chorizo Empanadas

Happy Boxing Day, everyone! I hope your holiday was wonderful, warm, and yummy. Here’s a recipe I found that you can try out, just in case your pants aren’t stretched enough from the festivities.

These empanadas look SO yummy that I am tempted to undo fifteen years of vegetarianism… Photo and recipe by Linda Makiej. I can’t believe she doesn’t live in New Mexico! What is this?

Chorizo Empanadas

Ingredients:

***Dough:***
4 cups Flour
2 Eggs
5 tablespoons Vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 cup Milk
***Filling:***
1 1/2 pound Chorizo sausage, ground
1 medium Onion, diced
1 teaspoon Garlic, minced
1/2 cup Salsa
Oil for frying

Directions:

Place the flour, eggs, shortening, and salt in a food processor bowl. Pulse until well mixed. Add half of the milk and pulse until blended. Add the rest of the milk and pulse until a ball forms. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Brown the chorizo in a heavy skillet. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is just soft. Drain off any excess fat. Mix in the salsa. Set aside. Roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thick on a floured cutting board. Cut out three-inch circles. Place 1 Tablespoon of the chorizo mix in the center of each circle. Fold into a half-circle. Crimp the outer edge with a fork to seal. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet. Add the empanadas and brown lightly on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm with Roasted Garlic Dip – below:

Roasted Garlic Dip
Ingredients

3 heads garlic, unpeeled
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 tablespoon ground black pepper

Directions

1.Preheat an oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
2.Cut off the top of the head of garlic to expose the cloves, trimming about 1/4 inch off of the top of each clove. You may need to trim individual cloves along the sides of the head. Brush the cut cloves with a small amount of olive oil, then nestle the head into a piece of aluminum foil.
3.Bake in the preheated oven until the cloves are tender and nicely browned, about 1 hour. Remove, and allow to cool to room temperature.
4.Once cool, squeeze the garlic cloves out of their skins and into a mixing bowl. Mash well with a wire whisk, then add the sour cream, mayonnaise, green onions, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Whisk until evenly blended, then refrigerate 2 to 4 hours to allow the flavors to blend.

Merry Christmas!

Hoping yours is as cute as Pinot & Dita’s! You can check out more adorable photos at their blog, or over on Flickr.

Good luck getting into your pants tomorrow, folks. :)

A Gift for You and Your Computer

These fun freebies are an easy way to brighten your desktop. Check out the links to download!

From I Love Typography:

From Pixel Girl Presents:

From Fossil:

From Vlad Studios:

Hope you’re all doing something fun and festive on this Christmas Eve.

I am going to be spending all day in the airport, feeling sorry for those who have to work on the holiday. I’m considering bringing around Christmas cards to all the airline workers… Safe travels to those of you who will be spending the day similarly!

Last-Minute DIY Christmas Cards

Christmas is close upon us! And… oops. I made about twenty too-few cards this year. Here’s a quick DIY tutorial for all you procrastinators out there.

MATERIALS

– Modge Podge, or some other adhesive

– An old paintbrush

– Blank cards

– Paper scraps… library cards, pages from old textbooks, tissue paper, colored swatches from magazines, etc.

– Black pen

– Ribbon, or yarn and large tapestry needle

THE HOW:

The process is simple. Using your paintbrush, adhere torn scraps of paper to the blank card with Modge Podge on both the front and back of the scraps. Use many small pieces to make whatever shapes you like! I chose to do simple square presents, with small rectangular shapes of a different color paper for the ribbons and bows. Some other options: stitch some yarn into the card for added texture, draw the ribbon and bow with your pen, or adhere actual ribbon to the card.

You can outline the presents in black pen if you wish, and add decorative dots, squiggles, or whatever else your festive little heart desires. Write your choice of holiday greeting on the front, and you’re done! You’ll need to let these babies dry for a few hours, depending on your climate and the moisture in the air. If the cards aren’t flat when they dry, stick them under a heavy stack of books to flatten them out. Easy, huh?

I got creative (and desperate for blank cards) towards the end, and started doing designs right ONTO the library cards… They actually were pretty cute!

Happy Holidays, everyone!