Easter might make you think of bunnies—but we’ve got our minds on lamb. Order your Easter lamb from Graziano’s, and while you’re at it, pick up a fan-favorite huevo de Pascua (our house-made chocolate egg) and a rosca de Pascua to complete the meal.
History of Food
Sure, empanadas are timeless, but let’s delve into the history of these perfect golden bites. A longtime staple of the Latin diet, versions of empanadas can be found in many different cultures around the world, from the Lithuanian kibinai to the British meat pies which, in turn, can date their origins back to the Neolithic period. But the empanada’s origin itself is unclear. The earliest known reference to it comes from Ruperto de Nola, who mentions a seafood version in a Catalan cookbook published in 1520.
It’s easy to understand the empanada’s universal appeal—the economy of design is unparalleled. An empanada contains a full meal in an easy-to-carry, fully edible container and can be served at room temperature or warmed up without much fuss. The need for such conveniences might be drastically reduced in modern times, but the empanada’s continued popularity just goes to show the resilience of a good idea.
If you’re looking to spice things up, pick up Mario’s Blend at one of our markets to take our mouthwatering flavors home. Shake it over your butcher shop hauls (Entrana, Parrillada, and more) for perfectly seasoned meat. If this spice blend and this weather don’t convince you to fire up the grill, we aren’t sure what will
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