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Queso Fundido: Appetizer That Sizzles and Bubbles

Queso Fundido: Appetizer That Sizzles and Bubbles

Queso Fundido is sometimes called choriqueso (chorizo-cheese).  It’s a favorite throughout the Texas Mexican food region, which includes central and south Texas and northeastern Mexico.  I make it regularly, especially when unexpected company drops in. Just pop it in the oven and wait for it […]

Cooking Workshop: Gorditas, Memories, Ethics

Cooking Workshop: Gorditas, Memories, Ethics

In Chicago I presented a  slide show about how cooking is memory, relationship and ethics.  I also conducted a cooking workshop to demonstrate how to make gorditas, working  with dried chiles, cactus, corn masa, and pinto beans. No lard, thank you. It was a 4-hour […]

Meatballs with Chile – Albóndigas de Chile Ancho

Meatballs with Chile – Albóndigas de Chile Ancho

These Chile Meatballs are perfect for large parties.  Serve them in a crock-pot to keep them warm, and have plenty of toothpicks on hand.  Meatballs or Albóndigas, illustrate the dynamism of food pathways, the routes by which foods travel via bird flights, human wars, marriages, […]

Tejas Cookers Are World Champions: Best Barbecue Ribs!

Tejas Cookers Are World Champions: Best Barbecue Ribs!

The Tejas Cookers, under the leadership of Travis Lemos, won the 2014 Top Prize for barbecue ribs at the Houston Rodeo World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. The name Tejas refers to the first peoples of Texas who, living around Houston and East Texas about 11,500 years […]

New Book on Texas Mexican Food, with 100 Recipes

New Book on Texas Mexican Food, with 100 Recipes

Available now for advance purchase at Amazon,   Barnes & Noble, Walmart, and other retailers.Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage In Recipes is the culinary story of the Texas Indians, Native Americans who are the ancestors of today’s Mexican American people of Texas. Here’s what […]

What Do Food And Film Have in Common? #3: “Layering”

What Do Food And Film Have in Common? #3: “Layering”

“Layering” happens when one element is placed over another so that we experience them separately and also together over time.  Both film and food use the technique of layering to provide a dense and revelatory experience that pushes us beyond a one-dimensional and simplistic way […]

Restaurant Trends: Chef Hinnerk von Bargen

Restaurant Trends: Chef Hinnerk von Bargen

“Something is lost in translation,” says Chef Hinnerk von Bargen, as he explains how dishes are created in large chain restaurants.   This restaurant trend requires that line cooks execute the culinary ideas of the head office and this is different from the one-owner chef restaurants […]

Chorizo and Egg Tacos

Chorizo and Egg Tacos

This story is another about delicious foods that evolved when foreign, imported products (pork) encountered the natural terroir (chiles) of Mexico.  Chorizo is the creative culinary result of imported pigs meeting the local chiles. Two worlds collide and boom!  Let’s eat. It’s famous, of course, […]

Social Media Compared to Cooking Tools

Social Media Compared to Cooking Tools

I found a post last year comparing use of social media to hot plates and cooking ranges. “Cooking Social Media with an EasyBake Oven v.s. a Viking Range.” Since last August I’ve been cooking every Thursday and Friday at Casa Juan Diego. I prepare lunch […]