Recipes and Essays

Turcos, Vintage Sweet Pork Empanadas

Turcos, Vintage Sweet Pork Empanadas

Turcos are a vintage, delicious treat, part of the Texas Mexican culinary tradition but almost becoming extinct. Rooted in Texas Pecan and also Arab flavors, it’s still found in San Antonio all the way south to the Rio Grande Valley and del otro lado (on […]

Holiday Tamalada:  Chile Ancho Bean Tamales

Holiday Tamalada: Chile Ancho Bean Tamales

A holiday tamalada is a  community, family event where everyone chips in to make a few tamales for the holidays, just a few, about 50 or 60 dozen.  It’s always fun to make bean tamales over a weekend and invite family and friends to your […]

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 […]

Turkey Enchilado – A Mexican Thanksgiving

Turkey Enchilado – A Mexican Thanksgiving

A delicious Mexican favorite, this recipe for Turkey Enchilado, or Guajolote Enchilado, will bring mouthwatering smiles to your family and amigos, amigas.  I use only one type of chile, Chile Ancho, because I like the direct flavor and also because this is the dried chile […]

Bourbon Pecan Pie Recalls Emma Tenayuca

Bourbon Pecan Pie Recalls Emma Tenayuca

FROM MY ARCHIVES: A pecan pie for Thanksgiving. 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 […]

Texas Mexican Queso Soufflé

Texas Mexican Queso Soufflé

I love making this queso soufflé for friends.  It’s a special recipe that I feature in my new book, “Don’t Count The Tortillas: The Art of Texas Mexican Cooking” published by Texas Tech University Press.  Brush aside any fears about making a soufflé  and you’ll […]

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 […]

Chipotle Turkey Tostadas

Chipotle Turkey Tostadas

I first made these chipotle turkey tostadas one fall, with turkey leftover from a Thanksgiving feast.  The combination of tomato, onion, garlic and chipotle  is the basic flavor profile that is used in the classic dish known as “Tinga,” and is served in Puebla and […]

Enchiladas Verdes With Crema Mexicana

Enchiladas Verdes With Crema Mexicana

Enchiladas verdes is a recipe from my just-released book, “Don’t Count The Tortillas: The Art Of Mexican Cooking.” There are over 100 kitchen-tested recipes, including soups, botanas, tacos, cocktails and outdoor grilling. With history and cultural context,  my latest book is a collection of both […]

Huevos Divorciados,  Chupa Los Dedos Delicious!

Huevos Divorciados, Chupa Los Dedos Delicious!

You don’t have to be divorced to serve up these huevos divorciados (divorced eggs), a breakfast that’s so scrumptuous, you’ll “chupar los dedos,” voraciously shlurp your fingers. Well, at least that’s what I do. This dish features two of my favorite salsas, Salsa Ranchera and […]