It came to me, like a sign from the Gods served on a white napkin, at once familiar and yet unknown in my world of food. I could see the surprise in this Sous chef’s eyes: “How was it possible that I did not know about one of the staples of American Southern Cuisine?” His surprise, along with my curiosity, made me ask tons of questions, trying to figure out how it was made, what ingredients were used, and why I had not heard of, eaten, and enjoyed this delicacy before when I am known to pretty much be willing to eat anything put on my plate?
common denominator between my home in South America and my new home in the American South that I had been looking for all these years. He stated that this golden, delicious, crispy, sweet pastry was called “Apple Pie” or “Fried Apple Pie.” Back home, they are called “Empanadas”- golden delicious pastries that are filled with sweet and savory fillings and baked or fried. You can find them all
over Latin America
and Spain, and now
here in Nashville,
I hope you enjoy
Loraine Segovia Paz
There, at the meeting we were attending, I suddenly fell into a dream. I believed I had just found the