Tag: baking

Hojarascas, The Mexican Cookie We All Love

Hojarascas, The Mexican Cookie We All Love

Hojarascas are the iconic cookies from the culinary region that I call “Texas Mexican” and that includes the states of Texas, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas. It’s a culturally cohesive region that shares the same history and food that is often called “Norteño” because […]

Empanadas De Camote, Sweet Potato Yum!

Empanadas De Camote, Sweet Potato Yum!

Empanadas de camote are a traditional treat, and they’re  just right for winter weather.  This recipe adds an anise flavor to the dough, and I bet you won’t be able to eat just one.  Mexican pastries, pan dulce, have become a strong culinary tradition over […]

Pissaladière, a French onion tart

Pissaladière, a French onion tart

Perfect for Fall, this french onion tart is a must just plain delicious. Though the French lost out to the Spaniards in their efforts of empire-building in Texas, we nonetheless enjoy their lasting influence on our cuisine.  Our traditional wheat roll, bolillo, is French, as […]

Basil Cookies With Lemon-Lime

Basil Cookies With Lemon-Lime

My garden is sunny and glorious with basil, aromatic and colorful.  Besides making bruscheta, try these delicious basil cookies, with a zesty lemon-lime spark. Your morning coffee will thank you. Fair Warning:  I shared these with a friend this afternoon. He bit into the cookie […]

Chalupas, Interactive Party Food

Chalupas, Interactive Party Food

Chalupas are made even more delicious when you can compose them yourself, satisfying your taste urges and personal preferences. You deserve to get what you want, so interact with the ingredients, live it up!  Caveat: refried beans always form the bottom layer of the chalupa. […]

Pastry Chef Alain Dubernard: Passion and Pastry

Pastry Chef Alain Dubernard: Passion and Pastry

“Even a simple cookie has its own music, its own personality,”  says Master Pastry Chef Alain Dubernard.  To understand the soul of the kitchen, of artful ingredients, you need passion. Without real passion, says Chef Dubernard,  the necessary hard work is simply too much and […]

Peach Tart

Peach Tart

The rustic French peach tart is belovedly famous world-wide.  Add Native American peaches and, once again, a beautiful marriage: French pastry genius with delectable indigenous flavor. Whoa,  I hear you saying, peaches are from Europe! Here’s where I’m happy to enjoy this peach tart with […]

Pissaladière, a French onion tart

Pissaladière, a French onion tart

This french onion tart is a must just plain delicious.Though the French lost out to the Spaniards in their efforts of empire-building in Texas, we nonetheless enjoy their lasting influence on our cuisine.  Our traditional wheat roll, bolillo, is French, as is of course the […]

Capirotada = Semana Santa, Holy Week

Capirotada = Semana Santa, Holy Week

Dominga Medrano, my mom, was an excellent and creative cook who every Holy Week would gift us with Capirotada.  Our kitchen overflowed with aromas of cinnamon,  cilantro and piloncillo and even now I can see her face serving us this bread pudding on Good Friday. […]