Chiles, Salsas and Guacamoles

Mole: A Mexican AND Texas Tradition

Mole: A Mexican AND Texas Tradition

Bet you didn’t know that mole, in its many variations, is commonplace in Mexican American homes of Texas and just south of the Rio Grande, especially for special “familia” events like weddings and holiday family celebrations.  You eat the mole as the principle dish, and […]

Grouper With Chile Ancho Almond Mole

Grouper With Chile Ancho Almond Mole

Grouper is a very large, some would say gigantic,  fish that can be found in the Gulf of Mexico, close to Texas and Florida. The Spanish name for grouper is mero.  It has a distinctive but mild taste and here I serve it with a […]

Enchiladas Rojas, Red Enchiladas For St. Valentine’s Day

Enchiladas Rojas, Red Enchiladas For St. Valentine’s Day

Enchiladas Rojas are delicious and delicate.  This red enchilada is perfect for romance and to say I love you. You can make the red tortillas several days before St. Valentine’s Day and keep them in the fridge until you make the enchiladas. I’ve said many […]

Mexican Queso — The Original Mexican Party Dip

Mexican Queso — The Original Mexican Party Dip

Mexican queso is chile con queso,  and it often misunderstood, confused with the so-called tex-mex dip that’s made by combining canned tomatoes, canned  chiles, and Velveeta brand cheese. Even the much quoted Diana Southwood Kennedy admits that she thought Chile Con Queso was not Mexican […]

Mexican Rajas Poblanas, Post Hurricane

Mexican Rajas Poblanas, Post Hurricane

Perusing my archives for quick big batch recipes, found this perfect Mexican Rajas Poblanas dish.  In the hurricane Harvey aftermath, you gotta have both “delicious” and “big batch” for guests.  When you volunteer to help in your church kitchen or shelter,  get your hands on […]

Roasted Anaheim Chiles Make Perfect Tacos

Roasted Anaheim Chiles Make Perfect Tacos

Direct, uncomplicated, profuse flavor. I think oftentimes we miss so much by complicating our everyday, wasting time with artifice. Just look at the beauty of what’s around you, get real, honestly. We roast Anaheim chiles then eat them with hot yellow corn tortilla and salt.  […]

The Saucy Poetry Of Huevos Rancheros

The Saucy Poetry Of Huevos Rancheros

Poetry and food?  Absolutely with Huevos Rancheros.  First of all I love Tejano music, Norteño music.  It’s just in my blood. Whether I’m driving or at my desk, when I hear a conjunto, a corrido, una polka, I instinctively want to stand up and twist, […]

Texas Mexican Holiday Menu

Texas Mexican Holiday Menu

What a great evening we had last night in San Antonio, Texas!  These chiles, tomates, hojarascas were all delicious.  I want to share this “Texas Mexican Holiday Menu” with heartfelt thanks for the warm reception I received at last night’s event at the San Antonio […]

The Real Story of Texas Mexican Food

The Real Story of Texas Mexican Food

Texas Mexican Food Event In San Antonio, Texas Texas Mexican food gained fame In 1800s when Texas Mexican business women ran outdoor diners, and their delicious cooking made San Antonio a culinary destination, tourists arriving via railroad.  These entrepreneurial women began to be called “chili […]

Chile de Arbol Salsa

Chile de Arbol Salsa

When you want an aromatic salsa on the table, use this Chile De Arbol.  Its flaky and fiercely tasty. Native Mexican, of course, its flavor is very mild, a bit similar to that of the Serrano.  But unlike the Serrano, chile de arbol is used […]