A few weeks ago, I was invited to a housewarming party at a friend’s new apartment in Brooklyn. Rather than have her go through the work of slaving over the hot stove for hours on end to prepare for this party by herself, I offered to make a few of the appetizers. Immediately, I jumped to empanadas.
Empanadas are one of my favorite handheld foods and since I rarely like to prepare appetizers for parties that require the use of a knife and fork, empanadas seemed perfect. I went to my Google browser, typed in ‘Turkey Empanadas’ and up popped a link for Laylita’s Recipes and her recipe for Turkey Empanadas. My search was over. I had struck foodie gold.
Laylita’s Recipes, a blog written by Layla Pujol, is both inspiring and mouth-watering. After reading through her recipe for Turkey Empanadas (which I not only used, but got gushing comments on for days after the party), I decided to really explore this blog masterpiece.
The food that Laylita prepares and writes about is most definitely from her heart and soul--her entire About page expresses how important her family is to her as well as her Ecuadorian roots, and this is all reflected in every dish she prepares. I also really love the way Laylita breaks down her blog by specificity; rather than just saying appetizers, entrees, desserts,’ she has an entire column on the left-hand side that organizes each recipe by location, ingredient and theme. Who could ask for anything more?
After looking through Laylita’s vast collection of recipes, and including recipes from her incredibly cultural background, I realized that I could prepare a full 3-course meal, every night for several weeks in a row and not run out of recipes or have to repeat any. And chances are, each meal would be more delightful than the last. Finding a food blog that has so much diversity and soul as well as creativity is an incredible find, and one that I plan on taking advantage of all summer.
For some incredibly fresh and summer-seasonal appetizers, go for the Traditional Fish Ceviche, the Tuna Skewers with Anchovy and Herb Salsa, and her simple but delicious recipe for Guacamole. To really expand your palate for South American flavors, check out her recipe for Seafood Rice or Bean Stew.
If you have a sweet tooth (who doesn’t?) you’ll absolutely love Laylita’s recipe for Creme Catalana, a Spanish custard dessert similar to a Creme Brulee, as well as her recipe for Raspberry, Goat Cheese and Almond Empanadas. And if you enjoy a good cocktail as much as I do, check out the Drinks section, where she has amazing cocktail recipes for traditional Latin American drinks as well as a few that she puts her own twist on.
For these recipes and lots, lots more, check out Laylita’s Recipes, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!