Vegetables

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 […]

9 Mexican Stay-At-Home Recipes

9 Mexican Stay-At-Home Recipes

I searched my archives and selected these 9 Mexican stay-at-home recipes that are traditional and will be fun to make, all evoking friendship and family. Fideo, barbacoa, nopalitos, and other platos sabrosos, delectable dishes. I hope they will brighten your days.  I did select one […]

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 […]

Tofu Salad Dressing for Jícama, Betabel, Persimmon

Tofu Salad Dressing for Jícama, Betabel, Persimmon

This tofu salad dressing is tart, complex and a great dressing for this cup made of winter root vegetables and the yuzu persimmon that’s harvested in the fall.  Don’t confuse this delicious and nutritious cup with the Waldorf salad which some told me it resembles. […]

Tomatillo Leeks With Agave Nectar

Tomatillo Leeks With Agave Nectar

These “Tomatillo Leeks” are a nod to the vegan side of Mexican cooking.  It’s what I grew up with, mainly, although from time to time we did eat meat.  The vegetarian and vegan dimensions of Mexican food are delicious, and if you look at many […]

Italian Tomato Sauce Has Mexican Roots

Italian Tomato Sauce Has Mexican Roots

Gracias, Italy, for inventing this delicious tomato sauce that can be turned into fra diavolo, puttanesca, and any other of the Italian variations.  Although It was Mexicanas and Peruanas  who first cooked tomato sauces, salsas, Italian tomato sauce  is unique because it incorporates olive oil […]

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 […]

Quelitre Makes A Delicious  Guisado

Quelitre Makes A Delicious Guisado

The above photograph of “Quelitre” is by visual artist César Martínez whose work is in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He shared the picture with me, along with this detail of how he reconnected with quelitre. Pulling weeds in his backyard, César […]