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Buñuelos Bring New Year Happiness: ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Buñuelos Bring New Year Happiness: ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

When I was growing up, new year’s eve was always festive, exciting.  Amá would celebrate every new year by making buñuelos.  They’re crisp and  light.  I serve them with no-dairy chocolate. I recall having a sense of wonder at how she made ribbons out of […]

Hojarascas, The Mexican Cookie We All Love

Hojarascas, The Mexican Cookie We All Love

Hojarascas are the iconic cookies from the culinary region that I call “Texas Mexican” and that includes the states of Texas, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas. It’s a culturally cohesive region that shares the same history and food that is often called “Norteño” because […]

Empanadas De Camote, Sweet Potato Yum!

Empanadas De Camote, Sweet Potato Yum!

Empanadas de camote are a traditional treat, and they’re  just right for winter weather.  This recipe adds an anise flavor to the dough, and I bet you won’t be able to eat just one.  Mexican pastries, pan dulce, have become a strong culinary tradition over […]

Mazapan Mexican Peanut Candy – A Delicious Tradition

Mazapan Mexican Peanut Candy – A Delicious Tradition

Mazapan Mexican peanut candy is lush and delicious, and it’s the perfect weekend recipe because it requires no cooking.  I suggest you call up some friends and have fun making Mexican mazapán.  Make a big batch, like I did, and you will also make memories. […]

Arroz Con Leche: Best Latinx Comfort Food

Arroz Con Leche: Best Latinx Comfort Food

There are certain dishes that remind you of love and comfort.  They conjure intimate, loving memories of mother and father and brothers and sisters, and just good times at home.  Arroz Con Leche is one of those dishes. It’s comfort food for the soul, and […]

Dulce De Leche Quemada – Texas Pecan Caramel Candy

Dulce De Leche Quemada – Texas Pecan Caramel Candy

My mom Dominga, regularly made dulce de leche quemada (aka Texas pecan caramel) for us kids. We had four pecan trees in our backyard, so the lush candy was laden with plenty of roasted pecans.  The trick is to roast the pecans before adding them […]

Bourbon Pecan Pie Recalls Emma Tenayuca

Bourbon Pecan Pie Recalls Emma Tenayuca

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 delicious, full of memory and fun. Nueces (pecans), […]

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 […]

Basil Cookies With Lemon-Lime

Basil Cookies With Lemon-Lime

My garden is sunny and glorious with basil, aromatic and colorful.  Besides making bruscheta, try these delicious basil cookies, with a zesty lemon-lime spark. Your morning coffee will thank you. Fair Warning:  I shared these with a friend this afternoon. He bit into the cookie […]

Mazapán Mexican Candy

Mazapán Mexican Candy

Mazapán Mexican candy is a  cousin of Marzipan, which is made with almonds and sugar.  Marzipan originates in Asia and the Middle East.  Mazapán is distinctly Mexican in that it replaces the almonds with peanuts, which are of Latin American origin.  We add corn, which […]