Combine cream cheese, butter, flour, and salt in food processor container. Process with pastry blade until a ball is formed, wrap in waxed paper. Chill for 1 hour
2Fry bacon in skillet until brown and crumbly. Remove bacon to paper towels to drain.
3Add onion and garlic to pan drippings in skillet. Saute for 1 to 2 minutes or until soft. Add carrots, undrained tomatoes, apples, currants, cumin seed, and bacon.
4Cook until carrot is tender-crisp. Stir in cayenne pepper, olives, pine nuts, jalapeno pepper, and beef. Chill for 30 minutes.
5Divide dough into 2 portions. Roll each portion about 1/8 inch thick on floured surface. Cut into circles place beef filling in center of each circle. Fold over edges, moisten edges and seal. Flute edges.
6Place on baking sheet, brush with mixture of egg and milk. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown
7Serve at room temperature or chilled. Cut into small circles to make 3 1/2 to 4 dozen appetizers Empanadas Yield 8 servings
8FOR: SWEET FRIED CAKES
Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into bowl. Cut shortening until crumbly.
9Beat eggs with sugar, add to flour mixture. Add enough milk to make medium dough mix well. Let rest for 30 minutes.
10Roll 1/4 inch thick on lightly floured surface. Cut into 1 1/2 inch squares.
11Deep fry until brown. Drain well on paper towels.
12Coat with cinnamon sugar. Yield 3 to 4 dozen
13FOR: MEXICAN PINON FINGERS
Cream butter, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and vanilla in mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Stir in flour and pine nuts.
14Roll by 2 tablespoonfuls into 1/2 inch thick ropes on lightly floured surface. Cut ropes into2 inch lengths.
15Place 1 inch apart on cookie sheet. Bake at 275 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until edges are very light brown.
16Sift 2 cups powdered sugar over warm cookies. Let stand until cool. Yield 5 to 6 dozen
17FOR: ALMOST SANGRIA
Combine apple juice, cranberry juice, grape juice, and limeade concentrate in a large bowl. Whisk until smooth.
18Add soda stirring until mixed.
19Pour into soda bottles to store, fasten caps tightly.
20May be stored in refrigerator indefinitely tightly capped. YIELD 20 SERVINGS