Food History

Pepinos Del Monte – These Mini-Watermelons Are Staples in South Texas Cooking

Pepinos Del Monte – These Mini-Watermelons Are Staples in South Texas Cooking

I learned about pepinos del monte (wild cucumbers) from Homero Vera, a historian who is also a rancher in South Texas who showed me that they grow in his ranch and all over south Texas and northeastern Mexico.  They look like lilliputian watermelons. Known also […]

Texas Pecan, “Pacane,” Stuffed Mushrooms

Texas Pecan, “Pacane,” Stuffed Mushrooms

Texas pecan transforms these mushrooms into a tasty, crunchy treat.  Try making them for a virtual meet-up.  Stuff the mushrooms and hold them, then pop them in the oven so they’re ready for you to munch on and make your friends drool during  your next […]

Verdolaga isn’t a weed at all but a delicious, nutritous Mexican tradition

Verdolaga isn’t a weed at all but a delicious, nutritous Mexican tradition

Verdolaga, purslane in English, is the indigenous Texas Mexican herb that I love to serve for company.  It is my “go to” recipe for a delicious green side dish that goes with absolutely anything.  Verdolaga grows wild and is plentiful for most of the year […]

Quinoa Pancakes: From The Andes To My Griddle

Quinoa Pancakes: From The Andes To My Griddle

Quinoa pancakes, with whole quinoa seeds, perk up any stay-at-home morning.  With a delicious creamy texture, they have no eggs nor milk and they’re pretty quick and easy to make. Quinoa is a wake-up food, in the sense that it can raise awareness of how […]

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 […]