Recipes and Essays

The Malt House of San Antonio, Gone But Not Forgotten

The Malt House of San Antonio, Gone But Not Forgotten

The Malt House of San Antonio, Texas was demolished in May, 2018, and it’s a sad story, but I find also an optimistic story.  The sad part is that we’ve lost an architectural treasure that the grassroots community strove to preserve.  The optimistic part is […]

Chile Shrimp: Roasted With Cascabel Chile

Chile Shrimp: Roasted With Cascabel Chile

Last night I dreamed up this roasted cascabel chile shrimp recipe, with an underlying hint of anise, because I did not know what to cook, worrying about the immigration debacle happening at the Tijuana-San Diego border, with so many families fleeing death threats and torture […]

Stuffed Artichokes With Herbed Cornbread

Stuffed Artichokes With Herbed Cornbread

I made these stuffed artichokes last night as we watched the US elections.  Maíz (corn) is mixed with fresh herbs that are wonderfully aromatic.  By adding a bay leaf to the water when you steam them, you’ll add another level of nice aroma. Just a […]

Ratatouille, Seared Scallops, And Baby Bok Choy

Ratatouille, Seared Scallops, And Baby Bok Choy

Here’s my ratatouille recipe, following fairly classic lines of vegetables and extra virgin olive oil, keeping close to traditions of Nice and the Provence region. Served with seared scallops and steamed baby bok choy, this is a healthy, delicious dish. I cut back on the […]

Houston’s BCN Restaurant and Mexican Fideo

Houston’s BCN Restaurant and Mexican Fideo

As a native Texas Mexican, I was delighted to encounter the authentic, iconic, Spanish pasta dish, fideo, on a recent visit to Chef Luis Roger’s BCN restaurant in Houston. I took the first bite and it immediately brought up memories of another authentic, iconic fideo, […]

Fish Fry Menu Is Native American And Spanish

Fish Fry Menu Is Native American And Spanish

This fish fry menu includes a rich sauce and a salad.  Fish fry is traditional in the southern US, although the actual frying technique, well, not so recent. The Spanish brought it with them “Between A.D. 900 and 1500 most Native Americans living in Texas […]

Spanish Sangria, Always A Party Favorite

Spanish Sangria, Always A Party Favorite

I decided to reprise my recipe for Spanish Sangria because it makes a great fall party punch. Spanish Sangria originates, of course, in Spain,  “sangría” deriving from “sangre,” meaning blood.  The correct spelling uses an acute accent: sangría. The blood-red wine punch became popular even with […]

“Carne Guisada Con Papas,” A Mexican American Classic

“Carne Guisada Con Papas,” A Mexican American Classic

Carne Guisada is an iconic Mexican dish that’s traditional in the homes of Mexican families of Texas.  Most often it’s made with diced potatoes, thus “Carne Guisada Con Papas.”  You won’t find carne guisada on any menu of the tex-mex, anglo oriented restaurants like the […]

Filming Food and Celebrating Texas

Filming Food and Celebrating Texas

In a new way of filming food, Texas and Latin American filmmakers band together to lift high and celebrate the historical roots of Texas Native American/Mexican American cuisine. This unique collaboration of Texas filmmakers with Latin American filmmakers began when the director of the documentary, […]

Pozole, Posole:  Corn Flowerettes Make A Vegan Feast

Pozole, Posole: Corn Flowerettes Make A Vegan Feast

This pozole, posole,  is a vegan delicacy and one of my favorite dishes to serve at dinner parties. Most recipes make pozole with pork, but this is more traditional, because pork arrived in Mexico only about 500 years ago, so before that, we were pork-less […]