Corn and Beans

Tortilla Casserole, Delicious “Stay At Home” Dinner

Tortilla Casserole, Delicious “Stay At Home” Dinner

Comfort food doesn’t get better than a tortilla casserole. These are hardship times, Covid-19, so as you make this tortilla casserole, first gather yourself, your thoughts, your emotions, and ask for spirituality to enter your space, then start to cook.  This is advice given to […]

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 […]

Chilaquiles Verdes, The Fast Food That’s Also Exquisite

Chilaquiles Verdes, The Fast Food That’s Also Exquisite

Chilaquiles verdes are the proof that making something fast doesn’t mean it must be crass or gross, tasteless or dumb. It’s actually exquisite. Poor people’s food always lays the culinary groundwork for great dishes in a cuisine. The secret to superb chilaquiles is twofold: texture […]

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 […]

Enchiladas Rojas, Red Tortillas are Traditional

Enchiladas Rojas, Red Tortillas are Traditional

Enchiladas Rojas are delicious, delicate and they are  traditional.  You can buy red tortillas at the grocery store, but I suggest you make some. You can make the red tortillas several days before and keep them in the fridge until you make the enchiladas. I’ve […]

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 […]

Pinto Beans are Philosophically Correct

Pinto Beans are Philosophically Correct

In our central, south Texas and northeastern Mexico culinary region,  pinto beans are the staple in native Mexican-American homes. No exceptions, not ever.  I was amazed when, working in Chiapas, Mexico during my sophomore year of college, I encountered black beans.  They were such a […]

The History of Texas Mexican Cooking

The History of Texas Mexican Cooking

I grew up with my ama’s (mom) Texas Mexican cooking.  Texas Mexican cooking just like Oaxaca Mexican, Puebla Mexican and all the other regional styles of Mexican cooking, is best described as comida casera home-style-cooking.  Enjoyed by Mexican American families today, this unique cuisine has […]

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 […]

Cornbread Dressing, Thanksgiving Pan De Maíz,

Cornbread Dressing, Thanksgiving Pan De Maíz,

This cornbread recipe was the Thanksgiving feature in the online magazine, Lone Star Literary Life. It’s my mom’s family recipe. Amá made this cornbread dressing every Thanksgiving.  It’s different from other cornbread dressing recipes because there’s no sage in it, and it combines pecans, raisins […]