Vegetables

Chile Petin Roasted Squash & Bell Peppers

Chile Petin Roasted Squash & Bell Peppers

Chile Petin, Petín, also called piquín and chiltepin, is native to the area around Brownsville, Texas and its border sister, Matamoros, Tamaulipas. Actually it grows wild all over Texas, New Mexico, Southern Arizona, throughout all of Mexico and has for centuries. Its scientific name is […]

Nopalitos, Cactus with Red Chile

Nopalitos, Cactus with Red Chile

Nopal, cactus, is delicious and nutritious. The diminutive form of nopal, nopalitos, signals that it is one of the most endeared and important Mexican indigenous foods. Ascribed the scientific name, Opuntia ficus-indica, nopalitos are native to central and southern Mexico. Cactus spread from there throughout […]

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 […]