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Salsa de Tomate y Chile Serrano – Fresh Tomato and Serrano Salsa

Salsa de Tomate y Chile Serrano – Fresh Tomato and Serrano Salsa

Three native ingredients make this traditional salsa a delectable culinary heritage:  tomato, chile and salt.  Each provides important nutritional elements, and the combination is, well, fresh and delicious.  There is much to be said for simplicity. Our Texas Indian ancestors used the salt from two […]

Fettucine with Clams, Shrimp, Chile (Fra Diavolo)

Fettucine with Clams, Shrimp, Chile (Fra Diavolo)

I like to serve fettucine in a huge platter, mixed all together with clams, shrimp and colorful tomato sauce.  It looks delicious and everyone can just dig in and enjoy. Fra Diavolo is the name of a 19th century Italian opera. The name, meaning brother […]

Cucumber Chile Martini

Cucumber Chile Martini

We call cucumber, pepino.  This cucumber chile martini draws upon two Mexican flavor traditions.  The first is adding chile to pepino, a combination of freshness and piquant that is gorgeous. The second tradition is making sweets that combine chiles with various fruits. In this “Cucumber […]

Paris, Cooking with Chiles at Le Cordon Bleu

Paris, Cooking with Chiles at Le Cordon Bleu

There is a Paris in Texas, but I visited that other one. I was delighted to learn new insights and techniques from Chef Frédéric Lesourd during his class, re-visiting French technique, and doing so while recalling Julia Child a graduate of this world-renowned Parisian school.   […]

Puerco en Chile Colorado, Red Chile Pork

Puerco en Chile Colorado, Red Chile Pork

Puerco En Chile Colorado is one of the iconic Texas Mexican dishes that is shared with other regions, especially the northern regions of Mexico, each region of course having its slight variations.  I grew up with this on our table, whenever we could afford meat, […]

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. […]

Salsa, Chile de Arbol

Salsa, Chile de Arbol

When you want an aromatic salsa on the table, use this Chile De Arbol. Native Mexican, of course, its flavor is similar to that of the Serrano.  But unlike the Serrano, chile de arbol is used mainly in its dried form.  The name “chile of […]

Tacos de Pescado, Fish Tacos

Tacos de Pescado, Fish Tacos

These tacos are a variation of the famous Baja California fish taco. I omit the wheat flour batter, thereby focusing exclusively on the flavor and texture of the freshly-made corn tortilla. It also foregrounds the sweet fresh fish.  I use tomatillo salsa to continue the […]

Serrano Salsa en Molcajete

Serrano Salsa en Molcajete

Serrano Salsa is a  classic Texas Mexican table salsa.  If you’re from this region, send me an email or comment about how you’ve savored this in your home. Amá (we did not use the Spanish word, mamá) always had this salsa on the kitchen table.  […]

Crab Cakes, Texas Mexican

Crab Cakes, Texas Mexican

Most anthropologists assert that the Karankawas, lean, dark and tall (6 feet),  lived on the Texas coast for thousands of years (La Vere, 2004).  European explorer documents describe their food and their cooking techniques but we’ve lost much detail because the oral culture and traditions […]