Tag: Food history

Terroir Shaped San Antonio’s Unique Cuisine

Terroir Shaped San Antonio’s Unique Cuisine

Terroir Shaped San Antonio’s Unique Cuisine by Adán Medrano The cuisine of San Antonio begins 13,500 years ago, when the first settlers arrive from Asia and cook their food around Olmos Dam, San Pedro Park and along the Medina River.  The most recent 300 years […]

New Indie Film, “The Roots Of Texas Mexican Food”

New Indie Film, “The Roots Of Texas Mexican Food”

JM Communications Announces The Production Of A New Independent Film, “The Roots Of Texas Mexican Food” Filming will begin this summer on a new independent documentary titled, “The Roots Of Texas Mexican Food.”  The documentary is a production of JM  Communications based in Houston Texas, […]

Nopalitos Shrimp Gorditas – Cactus Is Perfect Party Dish

Nopalitos Shrimp Gorditas – Cactus Is Perfect Party Dish

Nopalitos shrimp gorditas evoke two very different landscapes of the Texas-Mexico food region:  the Gulf coast and the semi-dessert. The map shows the region of south Texas/northern Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas sharing the Gulf of Mexico.  It remains a cohesive culinary region, sharing the same […]

Flour Tortillas – Truly Texas Mexican!

Flour Tortillas – Truly Texas Mexican!

In the Texas Mexico region, (central, south Texas and northeastern Mexico) ,wheat flour tortillas are fluffy and pliant. They are all-purpose (AP) wheat flour delicacies, and we switch back and forth between these and corn tortillas, depending on the dish we’re enjoying. We always use […]

Enchilada History: Do You Understand my Enchilada?

Enchilada History: Do You Understand my Enchilada?

An enchilada feast marked special occasions in our home.  To understand the enchilada is to understand our community.   This classic Texas Mexican dish is made with Chile Ancho and Chile Pasilla, blended with oregano and other spices. Bottled “chili” powder is a new invention, a […]

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 […]

The Real Story of Texas Mexican Food

The Real Story of Texas Mexican Food

Texas Mexican Food Event In San Antonio, Texas Texas Mexican food gained fame In 1800s when Texas Mexican business women ran outdoor diners, and their delicious cooking made San Antonio a culinary destination, tourists arriving via railroad.  These entrepreneurial women began to be called “chili […]

Mexican Candy Made by White People Only

Mexican Candy Made by White People Only

WHAT? The Mexican candy advertisement above is from around 1915’s -20’s. The candy shop was owned by Clyde Corrigan, according to Sarah Gould archivist and researcher at Institute Of Texan Cultures in San Antonio, Texas.  It is discussed in the book chronicling segregation of Mexican-Americans, […]

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, […]

University of Houston Lecture: Texas Mexican Cuisine

University of Houston Lecture: Texas Mexican Cuisine

This is a bookmark for students of yesterday’s class, part of the course, “Mexican American Culture,” at the University of Houston.The central, gulf coast and southern regions of Texas are the ancestral homelands of indigenous peoples, like the Karnkawas, Tonkawas, Coapites, our ancestors, who taught […]