Food History

A Mexican Tortillera in The Netherlands Braves Covid-19

A Mexican Tortillera in The Netherlands Braves Covid-19

Restaurants in Amsterdam were ordered closed by the Dutch government on March 16. It was a painful step, an effort to halt the spread of Coronavirus, and the financial devastation threatens to close some businesses for good.  “Tortillería Taiyari” is the only Mexican tortilla maker […]

Chile Con Carne, Recipe for Quarantine Comfort

Chile Con Carne, Recipe for Quarantine Comfort

Chile Con Carne means chile with meat, and the name is often reversed in homes and Texas Mexican menus where it’s listed as Carne Con Chile, meat with chile.  It’s one of the oldest and most common Mexican dishes, although recently the word chile has […]

Huachinango A La Veracruzana

Huachinango A La Veracruzana

Huachinango a la Veracruzana (Red Snapper, Veracuz Style) is a celebratory and visually beautiful dish, an example of the Moroccan, Arab influence on Mexican cuisine.  There is no cilantro in this recipe but rather flat leaf parsley, reminiscent of the Morrocan “Tagine” this dish resembles. […]

Vegan Chayote Soup is “Nutty-Creamy”

Vegan Chayote Soup is “Nutty-Creamy”

Chayote is a single seed squash that is native to Mexico and Central America. Its use in Mexican cooking precedes the arrival of Europeans and is documented by writings of Francisco Hernandez, who lived in Mexico from 1550 to 1560. It’s called mirliton in New […]

Turcos, Vintage Sweet Pork Empanadas

Turcos, Vintage Sweet Pork Empanadas

Turcos are a vintage, delicious treat, part of the Texas Mexican culinary tradition but almost becoming extinct. Rooted in Texas Pecan and also Arab flavors, it’s still found in San Antonio all the way south to the Rio Grande Valley and del otro lado (on […]

Holiday Tamalada:  Chile Ancho Bean Tamales

Holiday Tamalada: Chile Ancho Bean Tamales

A holiday tamalada is a  community, family event where everyone chips in to make a few tamales for the holidays, just a few, about 50 or 60 dozen.  It’s always fun to make bean tamales over a weekend and invite family and friends to your […]

Bourbon Pecan Pie Recalls Emma Tenayuca

Bourbon Pecan Pie Recalls Emma Tenayuca

FROM MY ARCHIVES: A pecan pie for Thanksgiving. This pecan pie, with piloncillo and a bit of bourbon in it, tastes of celebration and abundance.  I wrote about this on Thanksgiving day, and I share the recipe now in preparation for the new year.  It’s […]

Texas Mexican Queso Soufflé

Texas Mexican Queso Soufflé

I love making this queso soufflé for friends.  It’s a special recipe that I feature in my new book, “Don’t Count The Tortillas: The Art of Texas Mexican Cooking” published by Texas Tech University Press.  Brush aside any fears about making a soufflé  and you’ll […]

Chipotle Turkey Tostadas

Chipotle Turkey Tostadas

I first made these chipotle turkey tostadas one fall, with turkey leftover from a Thanksgiving feast.  The combination of tomato, onion, garlic and chipotle  is the basic flavor profile that is used in the classic dish known as “Tinga,” and is served in Puebla and […]

Ajoblanco, Spain’s Cold Garlic Soup

Ajoblanco, Spain’s Cold Garlic Soup

Ajoblanco is an ice-cold soup from the Andalusía region of Spain.  The English translation of ajoblanco is white garlic, and it’s indeed a beautifully white soup made with only four ingredients: almonds, garlic, olive oil, and hearty bread.  It’s humble and so delicious. It predates […]