Vegetables

Smoked Trout Salad with Yerbaniz-Chipotle Dressing

Smoked Trout Salad with Yerbaniz-Chipotle Dressing

Special shout-out to intrepid, passionate cooks who like a challenge. This salad requires a bit of skill, but it’s really fun. I’ll be serving this ensalada compuesta, a composed smoked trout salad, at a gala dinner in San Antonio next month during which I will […]

Roasted Cactus, Chile Ancho Meatballs

Roasted Cactus, Chile Ancho Meatballs

I love these Roasted Cactus, Chile Ancho Meatballs because they’re perfect for parties. Albóndigas illustrate the dynamism of food pathways, the routes by which foods travel via bird flights, human wars, marriages, and so on. As it travels, food changes, refashioning itself into new cultural […]

Poblano Potatoes, Papas Con Rajas

Poblano Potatoes, Papas Con Rajas

Papas Con Rajas, Poblano Potatoes, are creamy because of the waxy potatoes and lush because, well, roasted chiles Poblanos are always lush.  This dish, brings together the traditions of Peru and Mexico, potatoes being native to Peru and the Poblano chile native to Mexico. Early […]

Basil Bruschetta In Winter

Basil Bruschetta In Winter

Basil Bruschetta normally says “summer,” here in Houston, but when the basil in my little winter green- house surprised me by growing luxuriantly, I had to taste it, so I winter harvested some.  The flavor is very mild, but it’s perfect just after the tamales […]

Stuffed Artichokes With Herbed Cornbread

Stuffed Artichokes With Herbed Cornbread

I made these stuffed artichokes last night as we watched the US elections.  Maíz (corn) is mixed with fresh herbs that are wonderfully aromatic.  By adding a bay leaf to the water when you steam them, you’ll add another level of nice aroma. Just a […]

Ratatouille, Seared Scallops, And Baby Bok Choy

Ratatouille, Seared Scallops, And Baby Bok Choy

Here’s my ratatouille recipe, following fairly classic lines of vegetables and extra virgin olive oil, keeping close to traditions of Nice and the Provence region. Served with seared scallops and steamed baby bok choy, this is a healthy, delicious dish. I cut back on the […]

Spanish Gazpacho Soothes The Summer Heat

Spanish Gazpacho Soothes The Summer Heat

Spanish Gazpacho is a “must have” summer dish.  It’s Spanish, not Mexican, although it is based on Mexican ingredients like bell pepper (chile dulce) and tomatoes. Really good gazpacho depends on great tasting tomatoes, so I either grow tomatoes or buy them from local gardeners/growers. […]

Eggplant Served With Fresh Salsa Ranchera

Eggplant Served With Fresh Salsa Ranchera

Growing up in the Westside of San Antonio, I enjoyed eggplant and all seasonal vegetables. They were a big part of my family’s diet because my dad made a living going to market with truckloads of vegetables he would buy from farms just outside of […]

Lettuce Wedge Salad Starts With Farmworkers

Lettuce Wedge Salad Starts With Farmworkers

In the 1950’s the Iceberg lettuce wedge with blue cheese dressing was ubiquitous in the US.  It remains a cool retro food on many menus and when I see it, I can’t resist ordering it.   Fresh, lush, delicious, especially when the iceberg lettuce wedge is […]

Achiote Green Beans – From Yucatán

Achiote Green Beans – From Yucatán

Achiote green beans, Ejotes Con Achiote, is a unique way to prepare green beans when you want to add brightness to your plate. The achiote brings out the sweetness and astringency of the  orange juice and Jalapeño infused into the green beans.  This is an […]