Natchioches Meat Pies

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Today’s Sunday  * April 8th and its National Emanada Day ! But Meat pies are big in lots of different cultures  in the world . They can be sweet or savory these hand pies are a big in Louisiana . The town of  Natchitoches la is famous for them & even a yearly festival.

It has a savory meat filling in a crescent-shaped, flaky wheat pastry turnover. It is similar to a Spanish picadillo beef empanada. Varieties are found throughout the colonies of the Spanish Empire. The Natchitoches meat pie is nearly identical to the traditional ground beef empanada of Argentina, Empanada de Carne.

The meat pie is found all throughout Louisiana, including southern Louisiana which tends to have a spicier version compared to its northern counterpart, but its origins are found to be from Northern Louisiana

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Empanada Day !!

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An empanada (Spanish pronunciation:  is a stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried in many countries of The Americas and in Spain. The name comes from the Spanish verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread.

Empanadas are made by folding dough over a stuffing, which may consist of meat, cheese, corn, or other ingredients.

Easy Recipe from Pillsbury recipes
1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped Save $
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls Save $
1 egg white, beaten
1 egg yolk, beaten
  • Into 10-inch skillet, place ground beef, onion, salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat until beef is browned; drain. Stir in cumin, chili powder and tomato sauce. Reduce heat to low; cook 5 minutes longer.
    Heat oven to 400°F. Place silicone baking mat on cookie sheet with sides.
    On baking mat, unroll dough into 1 large rectangle; press perforations and edges to seal. Using 4-inch round cutter, cut out 8 dough rounds.
    To make each empanada, place about 2 tablespoons beef mixture onto center of each dough round. Using pastry brush (or fingers), gently brush edge of each round with beaten egg white. Fold dough round in half to cover filling; press edge together to seal. (To make decorative edge, fold dough over itself so that it forms a rope look.) Lightly brush tops of empanadas with beaten egg yolk.
    Bake 10 to 12 minute or until golden brown. Serve warm.

ARC Death by Dumpling * Vivien Chen

Happy empanadas Day !  Every culture as a version & Chinese has there Dumplings so enjoy!! This April Mystery Tour : Lisa

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Welcome to the Ho-Lee Noodle House, where the Chinese food is to die for. . .

The last place Lana Lee thought she would ever end up is back at her family’s restaurant. But after a brutal break-up and a dramatic workplace walk-out, she figures that helping wait tables is her best option for putting her life back together. Even if that means having to put up with her mother, who is dead-set on finding her a husband.

Lana’s love life soon becomes yesterday’s news once the restaurant’s property manager, Mr. Feng, turns up dead—after a delivery of shrimp dumplings from Ho-Lee. But how could this have happened when everyone on staff knew about Mr. Feng’s severe, life-threatening shellfish allergy? Now, with the whole restaurant under suspicion for murder and the local media in a feeding frenzy—to say nothing of the gorgeous police detective who keeps turning up for take-out—it’s up to Lana to find out who is behind Feng’s killer order. . . before her own number is up.

Net Galley Review : Fun first book in a series that hit home with me. My hubby family runs a Chinese restaurant and delivers. I can see a family member caught up in solving the mystery and the restaurants good name.I very good book and cant wait to see where the next book leads us too . Maybe a romance with the detective ?