Recipes and Essays

Chile Con Carne, Recipe for Quarantine Comfort

Chile Con Carne, Recipe for Quarantine Comfort

Chile Con Carne means chile with meat, and the name is often reversed in homes and Texas Mexican menus where it’s listed as Carne Con Chile, meat with chile.  It’s one of the oldest and most common Mexican dishes, although recently the word chile has […]

Huachinango A La Veracruzana

Huachinango A La Veracruzana

Huachinango a la Veracruzana (Red Snapper, Veracuz Style) is a celebratory and visually beautiful dish, an example of the Moroccan, Arab influence on Mexican cuisine.  There is no cilantro in this recipe but rather flat leaf parsley, reminiscent of the Morrocan “Tagine” this dish resembles. […]

Albóndigas de Camarón | Powdered Shrimp Cakes

Albóndigas de Camarón | Powdered Shrimp Cakes

Albóndigas de Camarón are a culinary tradition meant to be penitential in the sense that foregoing the pleasure of meat presents an opportunity to connect with soulfulness in our daily life.  Catholics commit a sin if they eat meat on Fridays during the Lenten season, […]

Chilaquiles Verdes, The Fast Food That’s Also Exquisite

Chilaquiles Verdes, The Fast Food That’s Also Exquisite

Chilaquiles verdes are the proof that making something fast doesn’t mean it must be crass or gross, tasteless or dumb. It’s actually exquisite. Poor people’s food always lays the culinary groundwork for great dishes in a cuisine. The secret to superb chilaquiles is twofold: texture […]

Fideo Loco or Fideo, Which Is Your Favorite?

Fideo Loco or Fideo, Which Is Your Favorite?

Fideo Loco and Fideo are both delicious Texas Mexican American traditions, and I’d like your help with research I’m doing about this culinary heritage.  I grew up with fideo and also ate it at cousins’, neighbors’ homes.  I’m looking for other stories and experiences. Did […]

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 […]

Marranitos, Little Piggy Mexican Cookies

Marranitos, Little Piggy Mexican Cookies

Everybody loves marranitos, those piggy-shaped cookies that almost taste like ginger but no ginger here, it’s the piloncillo that you’re tasting. They are a Mexican bakery icon. They are also a sweet memory, childhood and adult, in Mexican American families of Texas. This cookie recipe […]

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. […]

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 […]