This mixture, called sofrito, is used in many Latin American recipes as a seasoning base; it can even replace salsa as a dip for chips. Before using it in recipes, thaw completely in the refrigerator or microwave.
Empanadas are a popular street food and fun to re-create in your own kitchen. These empanadas have a hearty beef and vegetable filling encased in tender cream cheese pastry crust. Traditionally empanadas are fried, but Lucinda prefers to make a healthy version by baking them.
From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).
Lime juice, oregano, and garlic add flair to steak. Accompanied by avocados and grilled onions and peppers, the steak can be served over rice or on tortillas. Cilantro brightens the plate and the palate.