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Stuffed Squash Blossoms With Chorizo, Frijoles Pintos

Stuffed Squash Blossoms With Chorizo, Frijoles Pintos

This stuffed squash blossoms recipe is a sure “wow” factor at parties. Guests swear that the rich texture comes from cream or cheese, but it doesn’t.  The sumptuous texture derives from the beans, slowly and properly cooked.  Another reason these are a party hit is […]

Serrano Avocado Salsa For Tacos Al Pastor

Serrano Avocado Salsa For Tacos Al Pastor

This avocado salsa is made with roasted Serrano chile and tomatillos.  I make it for Tacos Al Pastor, a tradition that is now being freshened up and re-introduced to Texas via Dallas’ new Trompo taco culinary spot by  chef/owner, Luis Olvera. Before I describe the […]

Quesadilla – Why It’s All About Technique

Quesadilla – Why It’s All About Technique

I was 10 years old when I first tasted a quesadilla, cheese melted inside crisp wheat flour tortillas.  It’s a cliché to say so, but it was love at first bite. In the more southern regions of Mexican cuisines they use corn tortillas, but here […]

The Real Story of Texas Mexican Food

The Real Story of Texas Mexican Food

Texas Mexican Food Event In San Antonio, Texas Texas Mexican food gained fame In 1800s when Texas Mexican business women ran outdoor diners, and their delicious cooking made San Antonio a culinary destination, tourists arriving via railroad.  These entrepreneurial women began to be called “chili […]

Fresh Serrano Salsa Ranchera

Fresh Serrano Salsa Ranchera

Fresh Serrano salsa ranchera has a bright taste and lots of nuance.  I make it in a molcajete, but if you want to double or triple the recipe for a party, use a blender.   It’s great on tacos, breakfast eggs and on rice and pinto […]

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 […]

Poblano Chile Potatoes – Papas Con Rajas

Poblano Chile Potatoes – Papas Con Rajas

In this wonderfully creamy dish, Papas Con Rajas (Poblano Chile Potatoes), the traditions of Peru and Mexico are brought together, potatoes being native to Peru and the poblano chile native to Mexico.  Early archaeological evidence of the potato is found in excavations near the town […]

Chile Dulce Con Queso – Pimento Cheese Spread

Chile Dulce Con Queso – Pimento Cheese Spread

This is a hearty, delicious chile con queso, chile-cheese spread. Yes, it is another of the “chile con queso” variations.  It’s common all across the southern US, known as Pimento Cheese, and it is so beloved that folk get into nasty fights and feuds about […]

Holiday Tamales , Tamales de Frijol

Holiday Tamales , Tamales de Frijol

Hello, fellow Vegans, welcome to traditional vegan cuisine, an oft-overlooked dimension of Texas Mexican cuisine.  They are special for holidays and bring friends and family together. These bean tamales are in every Mexican American home in Texas.  Well I can’t make such an absolute statement, […]

Smoking A Thanksgiving Turkey, “Guajolote Ahumado”

Smoking A Thanksgiving Turkey, “Guajolote Ahumado”

Karla McLaughlin continues a practice that began here in 800 B.C., the domestication of turkeys.  I’m grateful to Karen who drove all the way from Montgomery to my home in Houston to deliver this 15 pound organic-fed, free-roaming turkey and two pork loins.  She generously […]